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How To Milk A Goat, First Strawberry Harvest, Homegrown Meal and More! Week 21 2017

The kids planted flowers and we snacked on strawberries… it was a lovely day until we had an encounter with an angry snake.

We added salt to the pool as it continued to fill. The kids volunteered to get in and stir the water so the salt would dissolve faster… brrr! I finished up planting the garden… well, almost!

It’s that exciting time of the year when the homestead starts producing and little by little we are able to harvest more of our own food. Today we has our first almost completely homegrown meal of the year.

Today I picked strawberries and was surprised to find how many there were! I also got some much needed gardening done.

Miley had to do a project for a 4H meeting, so she did this video to demonstrate how to milk a goat.

A New Calf On the Homestead, Guinea Is Sitting On Turkey Eggs and More! Week 17 2017

Today is lock down for our turkey eggs! I’m showing you the steps that need to be done to prepare them for hatching.

Just a little update on what I have planted so far and how the garden is doing.

Our guinea hen has been sitting on her nest, the one that I put turkey eggs in! We’re excited about that and are hoping that the turkeys will hatch. Other than that we’re just trying to get a new chore routine established and are giving an update on Brooke’s beta fish.

We reached a new goal by getting this animal for our homestead! It’s a goal we didn’t really expect to happen so soon. Things are about to get real busy around here, but we hope all the hard work will pay off later on.

Moved chicks to the chicken tractor, trimmed all the goats’ hooves, milked an extra goat we don’t normally milk… wrestled pigs to get them tagged… it’s a busy morning on the homestead!

DIY Chicken Tractor, Planting the Garden, Cute Bunnies and More! Week 16 2017

We finally got a chicken tractor built! It’s a little late, but better late than never! At least now we have it made and ready to go for future use. We’re wanting to make one more, but we’ll use this one for a while and see if there’s anything we’d like to change.

It’s a super rainy day today! Seems like we didn’t get much accomplished because our plans kept getting changed.

So much to do… so little time, it’s just another busy but great day on the homestead.

We found a nest of guinea eggs and we’re pretty sure the guineas will be laying on them soon. Since guinea and turkey eggs hatch in around 25 days, we decided to put a turkey egg in the guinea nest and see if they would hatch it.

We’re getting the garden planted and new goat kids arrive!

The bunnies are growing fast; their eyes are opened and they’re hopping around now!

New Kids Born, Things Are Blooming, Garden Planting Started & More! Week 15 2017

Just getting the evening chores done and took a little stroll around the yard to show ya what’s blooming at the moment.

We’re milking Nutmeg for the first time this year!

If it’s not one thing… it’s another…

It was a fun day with a sad ending. First me got a project done we’ve been wanting to get done for a while and that is to turn a big wooden box into a raised bed garden. Next, Nutmeg finally had her babies! Good news is she had a cute little doeling…. sad news is she had another one that didn’t make it.

It’s time to repot our tomato seedlings so we can start to harden them off and get them ready to go out in the garden.

Finally! We have a chance to clean up some of the limbs, so we’re taking advantage of it. While we’re out supervising the fire, we pass the time being entertained by the pigs. Never a dull moment on the homestead!

We’re planting potatoes… and the goat stall in the barn needs to be cleaned out… so why not take care of both at the same time?

Preparing For Baby Bunnies, New Animals On the Homestead and More! Week 13 2017

It’s fun day Friday so We’re going skating! After that, play ends and work starts… there’s so much to do! We got supplies to make the turkey run and while we were in town, we ended up picking up our pigs. Turkey run… preparing the pig pen… and, the rabbit is building her nest… so much going on, where do we start?

Nothing better after doing a lot of work than to play with cute goats!

We were mistaken on the number of days a rabbit’s gestation period is. We were expecting them on day 28 when it’s really day 31. So since we still have several days yet we freshened up the nesting box and added some straw.

Time for chores… it’s cold, it’s late, no time for dilly dally!

Got off to a late start and the day just went down hill from there. It was just one of those days where we didn’t get anything accomplished. On the brighter side, we have another turkey eggs so we talked about how you should store eggs before incubating and why.

Only several more days until our bunny is due so we decided we better get a nesting box put in her cage for her. We let our chickens out to free range today. Will they go back to the coop at the end of the day? Watch to find out…

I’m planning to start free ranging the chickens again so that way we can start planting the garden soon.

Working in the Garden in December

The day was so beautiful! We had errands to run in town but we put them aside because we couldn’t pass up spending such a lovely afternoon in the garden. We’re attempting to use the Ruth Stout method of gardening, so right now is the best time to get mulch added. That way there is time for it to break down before planting time.

Turkeys, where did you go?

We got the beans picked and snapped, now we just need to find time to can them.
A lot of times I don’t follow recipes and will just randomly make something according to what we have on hand. Sometimes it turns out great, other times not. Tonight’s supper was one of those experiments.
At chore time we found the turkeys missing so we had to find them and put them back in the coop. Always something around here….

We Switched Things Up a Bit

One day over the weekend the kids were gone and it was just my husband and I home. So we had us a little date scooping poop, cleaning things up and doing some much needed fixing up to a few things. Now that everything is all switched up we have a whole new morning chore routine.
We also picked beans and the kids have been keeping busy with a few projects they came up with on their own. Who needs toys when you have sticks, paint, string and a bog box to play with?