We turned our pig pen into a chick brooder!

Pig pen to chick brooderWe live on a small farm with farm buildings. They are old but still functioning. At one time pigs were housed in the buildings. I am sure they served their purpose at that time. We have no intentions of keeping pigs at this point in our journey. And if we ever do they will be pasture raised. The pig pen seemed pretty useless to us, until we decided to turn it into a chick brooder!

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The Made From Scratch Life: A Book Review

For my birthday in November my sister gave me a gift card from amazon. I love getting gift cards because it means I can buy myself something without any input from anybody else. I knew I was going to buy myself a book, and after days of looking I finally bought The Made From Scratch Life(*).

The Made from Scratch Life

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How to prepare for a bottle lamb

How to prepare for a bottle lamb

It’s that time of the year, little lambs everywhere! Usually lambs stay in the pasture with their mother and she takes care of them. However,  sometimes the ewe (especially if it’s her first lambing ) rejects the lamb. Unfortunately it also happens the ewes die during or shortly after birth. Which means you have a bottle lamb. It is necessary to be prepared for this, because it happens and you don’t want to have to go looking for supplies when the lamb is already born. How do you prepare for a bottle lamb?

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Monthly Recap: March 2017

March 2017 Recap

Happy spring everybody! March has come and gone, time for the monthy recap. It sure was a busy month!  Spring has brought us longer days and so many chores! A busy but exciting time!

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Signs that your ewe is (close to) giving birth

Signs that your ewe is giving birth

Most of the time you know when you should expect your sheep to give birth. We, however, had a ram with the herd most of last year and weren’t so sure. That’s how we ended up with a little surprise lamb in December. Right now we are expecting our other ewe to lamb pretty soon, so I am keeping a close eye on her for signs that indicate she is starting labor.

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Preserving food: a beginner’s guide

Preserving food: a beginner's guide

Our goal is to eat from our garden through winter. But how do we preserve this food so it will still be edible a year from now? I have looked into different methods for preserving food and when to use each one.

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What does homesteading teach our children?

What does homesteading teach our children?

Part of the reason we started homesteading is to create a healthy life for our children. I am sure if you ask many homesteaders why they started homesteading, then one of the reasons is their children. We want the most for our children, and feel like we can give them this by homesteading. Children can learn so much from homesteading (as can we). What exactly does homesteading teach our children?

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What’s in my garden? March 2017

It is finally starting to look a little like spring around here! We had some horrible weather last week with lots of rain and strong winds. But today, though it was cloudy, it was dry an 15 degrees celcius. A perfect day for some garden chores!
As you know, we moved here last October, and when we did fall was just setting in. The garden had been neglected last year, so it was overgrown with weeds. We removed most of it during the fall and winter, but had now idea what plants were actually growing in the garden. So, now as spring is coming, all sorts of stuff is popping up.

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Monthly Recap: February 2017

February 2017 Recap

That’s it for the second month of the year. Time for another recap! I feel like this month wasn’t very productive. We have so many plans and we just can’t get to them all. But every step forward is a step in the right direction!

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Hybrids vs. Pure Breeds: Laying hens

Hybrids vs. Pure Breeds: Laying Hens

There are so many different chicken breeds to choose from, but there are also hybrids designed for egg production. When you go to the grocery store and buy eggs they are most likely layed by hybrids. But what are hybrids and are they a good fit for backyard chicken keeping?

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