Barnyard

It was just one of THOSE days on the farm…

It was just one of THOSE days on the farm…

Normally, with a title like that, it's followed with a picture like this! Just a little scene I came home to late one afternoon - 4 cows out! They had been everywhere, frolicked in the milking parlor, knocked many thing down, tore open a bag of feed (just a few scoops...

When Cows Go Crazy

When Cows Go Crazy

When I fed the cows that morning, I knew Scarlett would have her baby by nightfall. It would be her first baby so I kept checking on her throughout the day.  At one point, I saw her and the baby laying down together in the shade along a fence line and assumed that all...

Roofs, Ladders & Hide & Seek.

Roofs, Ladders & Hide & Seek.

Today the roof went on the pole barn. My sons worked on it all day. Here is the first piece of tin going up early this morning... quickly followed by more... And done! It's a beautiful sight! I have kids and grandkids that live here on the farm with me....there is...

Barn Going Up!

Barn Going Up!

We've made some great progress on the new pole barn as my sons have had time to work on things. Side walls went up quickly Then the trusses finally arrived.  The cost of wood has gone up 300% locally since March.  Steel trusses were much less expensive than going with...

Check Out Our Fall Building Project!

Check Out Our Fall Building Project!

At first glance this may look like a mowed patch in this field but look closer! See the stakes? To me - this is about to become a new barn.  I've seen the plans my son drew up, his idea of feeding cows in the dry without having to muck a barn, a sheltered milking...

New Calf on the Homestead!

New Calf on the Homestead!

We were wondering if Dixie was EVER going to drop her calf.  Although you can track when a cow goes into the pasture with a bull, you don't always know what day she got bred.  Usually it happens pretty quickly but Dixie must have played hard to get for almost a month!...

Well I Never Thought We’d Have To Do THIS!

Well I Never Thought We’d Have To Do THIS!

You have to be prepared to handle emergencies on the homestead! Sometimes they involve people but often they involve animals.  Learn how to give shots, treat wounds, do an episiotomy for an animal struggling during birth, how to turn babies, pull babies, castrate,...

I’m Heartbroken & I’m Mad!

I’m Heartbroken & I’m Mad!

We went out to do morning chores earlier this week and were devastated to find young chicken bodies scattered from front yard to barn yard to garden. There were 7 in all and my favorite chicken, Izzy, is missing along with two turkeys and a few other hens. Izzy breaks...

Do This and Never Buy Chicks Again!

Do This and Never Buy Chicks Again!

Chicks are expensive.  At our local farm store they are $4 to $7  each - more for specialty breeds. If I drive about 30 miles there is a much larger farm store with many varieties at $3 each  but you have to buy 6 minimum...not usually a problem for me!  What if every...

Good & Naughty Hens, Preserve Their Eggs

Good & Naughty Hens, Preserve Their Eggs

I have more eggs right now than I can possibly use fresh.  But I know this winter I won't have enough eggs each week for our needs.  I do not want to buy eggs from the store this winter! So, what's a farm-girl to do? Preserve them of course! Did you know you could do...