We splurged a little last month and got ourselves a brand spanking new incubator! The first round of eggs have hatched so it’s time for me to assess how it went!
The Husband came inside the other day complaining: “There are dandelions all over the pasture!” To which I answered: “Oh, that reminds me, I must go pick some later.” The look on his face told me he thought I had gone bonkers. Dandelions are known as weeds and tend to have a bad reputation, but actually they are actually great flowers!
We 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!
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(*).
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.
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.