Changed Up the Chicken Coop, Squash bug Invasion, A New Turkey Tractor and More! Week 28 2018

We made a turkey tractor and built it similar to the chicken tractor we made last year… just made it a little taller for the turkeys. Today we’re moving the poults into it and then moving the mama hen and her chicks into the old tractor.

The squash bugs have returned! Out of all the garden pests, I have to say they are the most frustrating to deal with… and the most creepy! I had a huge infestation on one of my plants and got creeped out, so I blasted them with spray. Next thing I knew, I used a whole half gallon on one plant. Good news is there were dead squash bugs when I was finished… but will my plant survive having that much neem oil on it?

Happy 4th of July and a quick update.

We’re tired of the hens roosting on their nesting boxes and pooping in them so we’re trying something different… but will they like it?

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Don’t Get This Chicken For the Homestead, Picking Mulberries and More! Week 27 2018

When life gets busy, its important to slow down and take a moment to pause and look around… you’ll be surprised by all the little things you’ve overlooked.

The kids take over the vlog today and take you along while they pick mulberries to make a pie. One problem… someone ate all the mulberries so we couldn’t make a pie!

We tried a new breed of chicken this year which is the Polish. They’re cute, lovable and fun to watch but we don’t recommend them to someone who wants to let their chickens free range. Here’s why…

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Enigma Puzzle Challenge, Testing Chickens, Our Turkey Is Laying Again and More! Week 26 2018

The kids challenged each other to see who could solve the Hanayama Enigma puzzle first with the loser having to sit in a tub of ice water. Brooke started out far ahead… Dylan caught up and managed to pull off a win. He happily fixes up a tub of ice water just for her…

In order to show chickens at the fair, they have to be tested for Pullorum Typhoid and Avian Flu. Normally they’re tested the day we take them to the fair but this year we had to get it done earlier so that meant we had to take them on a little road trip.

Our turkey hen is laying again so we decided we should move her back over with our tom. Someone figured out the Enigma Hanayama puzzle… so that means someone has to sit in a tub of ice water.

The kids challenged themselves to see who would be the first to solve the Enigma Hanayama cast puzzle, which is one of the most difficult ones. The challenge continues…

Brooke and Dylan battle it out to see who can solve the Extremely difficult Hanayama Enigma puzzle first. Looser has to sit in a tub of ice water! Who Wins? Well, you’ll just have to watch…

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Garden Tour, MORE Chicks Hatch, A Surprise In the Garden and More! Week 25 2018

We have an awesome surprise in the garden… it’s something Miley has been waiting for for a long time.

More chicks have hatched… where do we keep them? Who should do the chores… should they be considered rabbit chores or chicken chores?

One hen and her chicks… another broody hen hatching out chicks… a stormy night… where should we put all these chicks?

Finally got my garden in and mulched so I thought I’d give you a tour of it while it’s still looking good.

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Surprise Chicks, Fishing At the Lake, Garden Update and More! Week 24 2018

One of our hens appeared out from under a bush with chicks!! Never a dull moment on the homestead!

It’s free fishing weekend and we decided to take a break from all the work at the homestead and enjoy a fun evening at the lake.

It’s getting to be that time where the garden should be in and growing. We’re almost there but still have a lot to do yet!

Wondering if you have a male or female turkey poult? Here’s how we tell them apart..

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Selling Our Mini Rex Rabbits, Camp Out Fun and More! Week 23 2018

We ended our camp out with a good old breakfast over the campfire, then in the evening we did a little work in the garden.

It’s our first camp out of the season and no better way than to start it out with a sticky marshmallow mess!

Well, after much debating we decided to sell the Mini Rex rabbits. Here’s why…

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Turkeys Hatched, the Go Kart Is Complete and More! Week 22 2018

After doing some thinking we decided our turkey poults would be better off being raised by their mama. So now they’re all back together once again.

Dylan got the go kart finished so we test it out. Also, a turkey update…. did the egg hatch?

The garden has become a weedy disaster so now it’s time to change up my plan.

We checked on our turkey hen and her poults and we found a surprise!

Our turkeys are finally here and now we have more turkeys than we know what to do with.

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Turkeys Are About To Hatch, Easy DIY Goat Shelter, Companion Planting and More! Week 21 2018

Turkey hen has shifted and is sitting differently on her nest… maybe her eggs are hatching!

Our turkey hen is diligently setting on her nest. Are there any signs they’ll be hatching soon?

There has been a couple of things that I’ve been wanting to get done for a while… so today is the day to get them done!

We’re moving our buck to a bigger pasture. He needed a shelter so we made an easy, cheap temporary shelter for him… nothing too fancy.

We had a busy day with lots of places to go. One of the things we did was go to the Sunflower Hot Air festival in Anthony, Ks in hopes of watching them fly hot air balloons.

Just getting some planting done and trying to plant according to what grows best together.

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How to Can Chicken, Garden Update, Why We Kept One Turkey and More! Week 20 2018

Why did we decide to keep chance? Watch and find out…

The tomatoes aren’t looking so great so it’s time to get them planted. Dylan’s been doing more work on his go cart and it’s starting to take shape.

Just a little update on what’s growing in the garden. Also, we’re trying to figure out the best approach to getting the garden ready for planting.

In this video I’m canning some chicken from the meat birds we raised….

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Making Dandelion Bread, Processing Chickens, Farm Chores and More! Week 19 2018

Getting the turkey and chicken we processed packaged and ready for the freezer.

Processing day is never an easy day but this time was a little harder.

So several years ago I found this.. what seemed like a cute idea on Pinterest for my garden but… let’s just say it looked better on Pinterest. Plus we’re giving you a sneak peak of Dylan’s latest project!

Miley takes over the vlog and takes you along while she does her chores.

Miley’s been interested in experimenting with different recipes to make with dandelions. We’ve been searching for recipes and came across one for dandelion bread so we decided to try it.

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