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Rcom Max20 Incubator Review

Rcom Max20 Incubator Review

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!

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Why our farm fresh eggs are more expensive

Why our farm fresh eggs are more expensive (than eggs at the grocery store)

“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!

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Monthly recap: April 2017

Happy May! I can’t even believe how fast this year is passing! Time to let you know what went on last month on our homestead!

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Picking Dandelions

Picking dandelionsThe 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!

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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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