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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…

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.

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..

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…

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….

Cattle Panel Greenhouse Complete, We’re Trapped In the Greenhouse and More! Week 14 2018

We’re getting our seeds for the garden started plus getting a little more planting done in the greenhouse.

Miley decided to spend some of her hard earned money and invest it in a pig. It will be her 4H project and she’ll be taking it to the fair and showing it as a market hog.

Let’s see… how to describe this day… I’d have to say it was a very productive, adventurous, dramatic day! Oh yeah… and very suspenseful!

I spent the day building up the beds in the greenhouse and getting it ready for planting.

Cattle Panel Greenhouse Almost Complete, Hoping Rain Is On the Way and More! Week 13 2018

I don’t have much experience using the power tools but we managed to get the plastic on the cattle panel hoop house. Now the fun time begins… planting seeds!

With as dry as it’s been the price of hay has sure gone up. A good chance of rain is in the forecast, so maybe we’ll finally get some much needed rain.

It was a beautiful day so we were able to get a lot done on our cattle panel greenhouse.