Today On The Homestead: Goat Babies, Hay Mishap, And DIY Play Structure

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It was hot, I mean a record-setting heat wave on the homestead this weekend. In spite of the 101 degrees heat and off-the-charts humidity, we accomplished some essential chores, infused some self-reliance training of the grandkiddos in with a play structure project, AND finally welcomed Pearl’s new kids to the barnyard. Pearl has been waddling … Read more

Today On The Homestead: Wacky Predator, Toxic Discovery, Barn Troubles, And Tragedy Averted

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It has been another busy and new experience-filled week here on the homestead, folks. I thought the swarming yellow jackets who deeply disliked their nest under the boards of an old barn we are tearing down and repurposing would be the most exciting part of my week…but I was wrong. Let’s start with the yellow … Read more

This Happened On The Homestead: Barnyard Mother’s Day Surprise

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Something awesome happened on the homestead this weekend, folks. For Mother’s Day, our daughter surprised me with three Nubian nanny goats, two Rhode Island Red laying hens, and two Silkie roosters! It was a banner Mother’s Day indeed. After we bought out homestead and I was finally able to begin stocking the barnyard – after … Read more

Today On The Homestead: Creek Exploration, Teaching Self-Reliance Skills, and New Additions

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We had 48 straight hours of no rain on our homestead this weekend! We made great use of all the dry daylight hours we could to get some spring maintenance and upgrading projects going once again. But our weekend was not filled entirely with sweaty homestead chores. Nope, we worked in some self-reliance skills training … Read more

Today on the Homestead..This Happened…Chicken Coop Mystery and Mud Bog Chaos

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Hello fellow homesteaders, The mystery about what exactly happened to Flock Leader Jr. just took another strange twist. The wretched arctic chill finally evaporated here in my part of Appalachia. The ice and snow-covered ground rapidly turned our land into a mud bog, but at least we not longer had to pack water and crack … Read more