13 posts categorized "Homesteading"

seedlings

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I started some seeds in the house, Minnesota midgets which is a type of melon that will grow in colder climates.  We have had good and bad luck with them, the bad luck was having a very wet late summer/early fall made for crop failure in our melons.  That year we actually had quite a few plants that started off really good, that is until the rains came and the garden just never dried out enough for them to ripen and all of them rotted on the vines.  I'm so hoping that this year will be different.  Let's hope!  I also planted some squash, Jim loves squash so I have almost a half a dozen seedlings popping out of the egg shells they are planted in, soon I will transplant them into bigger pots so they can keep on growing.

Coffee time-1

We have been lacking sunshine here in Southwest Wisconsin, so when the sun does shine both Jim and I have been heading outside as much as we can.  Coffee on our back deck is definitely a thing to do, our back deck gets very hot in the summer months so spending any time back there is not something we do often, so in the spring we take advantage of being able to go back there and enjoy a cup of coffee.

I hope all is well with you all and you're all staying safe and healthy.


chicks and chickens

Our chicks arrived and also 5 adult chickens we adopted from a neighbor who was getting rid of them, 4 hens and 1 rooster.  They are a Cochin breed and are not the greatest layers but we average 1-2 eggs a day, which is really nice to have at least that since the chicks won't be laying eggs for many months yet.

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Jim had to scramble to make a "temporary" chicken coop for them.  The farm where we got the chickens from had a lot of chickens and these girls were getting pretty hammered from the other roosters and they don't move that fast, so I made some shields for the girls backs where their feathers were gone.  When the girls start molting the feathers should grow back just fine and I will remove the shields from their backs. 

Chickens

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Here they are waiting to get back into the coop.  I had to go run and get something as I was cleaning the coop out and had to close the door because they kept wanting to go back in there.  They are really adjusting well considering all their friends are over on the next ridge. The rooster has been a great guy up until today when he started to show some dominance with us, flogging like he wanted to fight us.  We'll see if he keeps it up because we're not putting up with a flogging rooster.

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Our chick breeds are from left to right...Rhode Island Red, New Hampshire Red and Barred Rock, for a total of 18 chicks, 12 hens and 6 roosters.  Not sure what we'll do with all those roosters, we'll probably keep 1 out of the bunch, the others will be raised for meat.  We went from zero to 23 birds on our little farm here in less than a week...whew!

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The main chicken coop Jim started today and that is exciting for us.  I am breathing a sigh of relief having chickens again on our farm, especially with the way things are at with everything that's been going on lately. 


nesting

Wowzer, it's been almost a month since I've posted last.  I totally didn't mean to do that.  Life here on our little homestead has been good.  We seem to be taking it to a new level, not anything crazy, just adding some animals again.  We haven't raised meat birds for a few years and I am almost totally out of chicken, so we will be getting meat birds and laying hens. It's been quite a few years for those as well. I am looking forward to definitely doing both, especially the layers, it will be wonderful to have our own eggs again. We've been getting our eggs from a neighbor, but he's been having health problems and doesn't have any hens at the moment. Then we found some local eggs at an Amish store but they are a bit away from us and have to make a special trip to get them, so it will be nice to have a few of our own hens.

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ACV
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ACV-12

I did get some pH strips to check the ACV pH level.  The blog that I got my recipe from suggested getting them and I am so glad I did.

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I have been making more homemade foods like the sourdough bread. I recently made homemade apple cider vinegar, and it tastes so good. My plan this year is to make catsup with the tomatoes we grow, which I've been wanting to do for a long time now, just never have done it.  I have a list of foods I want to make and possibly can this year. There is just so much we want to do around here. In the works is a greenhouse and hopefully a root cellar.

I've been so busy doing things around our home which feels like I'm nesting over here, that I haven't picked up the knitting needles for some time, though I have been doing some quilting, and I hope to show those here on the blog.