“These eggs are really expensive, I can get eggs at Aldi for much less!” That is something I have heard twice in the last couple of weeks!
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?
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.
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?
I will have you know that I am a total noob when it comes to sewing. I’ve had a sewing machine for years, but we never got along. Many times I tried and sometimes something decent would come out of my sewing machine, but most of the time it would end up with me saying words I’d rather not repeat in public. I would then pack up my sewing machine and not touch it for another year.
I love animals, I grew up on a farm and was always surrounded by different animals. One of the first things I did when I moved out of my parents’ house was buy a rabbit to keep me company. We learn a lot from animals. Animals are compassionate and forgiving. They often give unconditional love.
Free ranging chickens, an awesome sight right? I always have this picture of an old homestead with an old lady wearing wooden shoes (yep, I am Dutch) and an apron feeding her chickens that are just out and about. Unfortunately, that is not my experience with free ranging chickens. And here are the reasons why I will never ever have chickens free ranging on our homestead again.
Most people associate lambs with spring, I know I do. What’s a better picture of spring than little lambs frolicking in the pasture? Well, it’s not spring, technically it isn’t even winter yet. But today one of our ewes gave birth to a tiny lamb.