Full Homestead Update and Is Raising Turkeys Really Worth It? Week 34 2018

Is raising turkeys worth it for us? Well, to find out the answer you’ll just have to watch…

I’m finally getting my life back in sync after the fair so I thought I’d give you an update of the homestead and after this, hopefully get back to normal vlogging schedule.

Fun At the Fair and Fun In the Garden! Week 33 2018

There’s lots of work to be done in the garden! We need to get potatoes dug so we can get beans planted. Then there’s the cantaloupe that should have been harvested several days ago and the watermelon that also needs to be picked. With all the laughter going on, it seems to be more fun than work!

Oh the places you will go and the things you will learn, see and do at the fair!

A Snake or A Mouse? Sad Day On the Homestead, New Turkey Poults Hatched and More! Week 32

RIP Neville, the homestead won’t be the same without you. You’ll always be forever in our hearts.

Two turkey poults hatched on one of the busiest days right before the fair. There are still lots of eggs left on the nest that need to be saved, but first we need to take Miley to the 4h pet show. Once back, we need to round up projects, warm up the incubator, candle the eggs, practice showing the pig, make final choices on which chickens to take… as we say, never a dull moment on the homestead!

Here’s a little update on how the chicken that I canned with the Carey Smart Canner turned out. Along with the update, I also show you our favorite recipe to use the canned chicken in.

It’s going to be SO hot and we’re trying to quickly get chores done before the heat of the day arrives. One problem… there’s something in the feed room and Brooke needs help figuring out what it is…. as she always says.. never a dull moment on the homestead.

Preserving Eggs For Winter, Growing Potatoes In Laundry Baskets, I Feel Like I Won the Lottery & More! Week 31

We’ve been busy all week at the fair, so I decided I’d give you a little update about what’s been going on. We’re going to be going out of town for one more night then we’ll be back on the homestead. We’ve got lots to tell you about and lots of stuff to be done!! We’ll be getting back to our normal routine here on the homestead so be sure to check back for upcoming videos.

My mom has a very beautiful container garden. This year she experimented with growing potatoes in laundry baskets. How did this experiment work out? Well… you’ll just have to watch and see….

Since we have such an abundance of eggs right now I decided to see if I could preserve them for this winter when our hens quit laying.

Family Fun, More Surprises From Our Chicks and More! Week 30 2018

We were surprised when we found our hen with chicks under her, then we were even more surprised when we found another hen hatching more chicks. Now that these chicks are growing, they surprised us once again…

The best memories are made when the family gets together.

The mosquitoes have been horrible here lately, in fact it seems like they’re worse than usual. We don’t like using chemical sprays so we’re looking for the best natural bug spray that actually works. If you have a great recipe that you don’t mind sharing, we’d really appreciate it.

Games, a Splatoon cake, a treasure hunt, swimming, fireworks and a campout… Happy 11th Birthday, Miley!

We Have Hay In the Barn, Lots Of Goodies From the Garden and More! Week 29

It’s my favorite time of the year when it comes to fixing meals because the garden is starting to kick in so more and more goodies become available from the garden.

The rain we’ve been having has been great for the garden so I thought I’d give ya a little update…

Today we’re moving our goats to new pasture! But.. being creatures of habit, will they stay out there?

After a lot of rain our alfalfa grew back and we were able to get it swathed and baled. We didn’t get many bales but the quality was better than we normally get. No matter the amount, hay bales in the barn makes us happy!

It’s been super hot and humid but good thing about that is the cucumbers grow great in those conditions. So now we have enough to ferment!

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?

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…

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…

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.