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Wordless Wednesday – This is what I did on the weekend…
February 29, 2012, 7:32 am
Filed under: Animals, Cat, Homesteading, John Deere, Organic, tractor | Tags: , , , , ,

The snow came again…a lot! Very grateful that we didn’t have to shovel it all by hand! Poor Phil looked after the roof raking, which is always exciting!

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Let it snow…?
February 26, 2012, 8:01 am
Filed under: Chicken, Chicks, Coop, Farming, Gardening, Homesteading, Livestock, Organic, Pig, tractor | Tags: , , , ,

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Hmmm…from Friday afternoon when I could see a few patches of grass and was getting excited to start thinking about gardening…to Sunday morning…after receiving more than a foot of snow!

Poor Petunia the Pig is most certainly not impressed. Short legs make for an unpleasant walk through all of this fluffy stuff. Looks like I will be plowing some pig paths shortly…and the driveway!

The chickens don’t seem to mind it too much, although I suspect that they will hang out inside their coop for most of the day.

Well…a the farmers often say…we need the moisture….

Happy snowy Sunday all!

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Horses or Tractors…what do you think?
February 23, 2012, 9:43 pm
Filed under: Animals, Farming, Gardening, Homesteading, Horse, John Deere, Livestock, tractor, work | Tags: , , , , ,

Another great post from Heritage Breed Farms. Definitely worth checking-out their excellent blog too!

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Definitely a tough call….
I think in the end, at least for now with the limited time that I have available for homesteading activities, that I will have to stick with tractor…..



Wordless Wednesday – Hen meeting
February 22, 2012, 2:28 pm
Filed under: Animals, Chicken, Chicks, Coop, Egg, Eggs, Farming, Homesteading, Livestock, Organic, Poultry | Tags: , ,

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Did somebody call a safety meeting?

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Chickens behind the wire…
February 19, 2012, 7:47 am
Filed under: Animals, Chicken, Chicks, Coop, Egg, Eggs, Farming, Homesteading, Livestock, Organic, Poultry, Predator | Tags: , , , , ,

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Thanks Heritage Breed Farms inspiring this quick post….

How do you keep your chickens in…or their enemies out?

We’ve used the 48″ Paige wire fencing on 8 ft long posts spaced every 8 ft for our main chicken yard, which is approx 1/2 acre or so. We also have a small chicken wire on t-bar pen for quarantine/new bird introductions.

Only the occasional fly over…and then pacing on the outside to try to figure out how to get back in….

This year we plan to also use the electrified chicken netting so that we may move the chickens to other areas for weed and pest control, etc.

All of that aside, the chickens do tend to stay close to where we are or where the house is…so for us the fence is more of a predator deterrent than a chicken containment system.



Wordless Wednesday – The Pig and The Pug enjoying breakfast
February 15, 2012, 6:54 am
Filed under: Animals, Blogging, Chicken, Dog, Farming, Homesteading, Livestock, Pig, Pug | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Pugsy is one of our two “farm dogs”.  Petunia is our pot-bellied pig.  For a pig, she is not very greedy when it comes to sharing her food with Pugsy, as you can see from the pictures below.  Enjoy!

Petunia & Pugsy enjoying breakfast

Continuing to share breakfast

Breakfast is done...off to visit the chickens!



Howdy Mrs Moose
February 10, 2012, 8:58 am
Filed under: Animals, Homesteading, Moose | Tags: , ,

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Well, it’s definitely not every day that I get to have my morning coffee with a couple of moose (no…not miice…) hanging around in the back. This lovely lady has been there all morning, and we were trying to see what she could see in the trees…turns out there was a big bull moose hanging out on the trail. We couldn’t get a picture of him…but our cow moose was very interested.

Happy Friday all!

 




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