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Autumn Rush

Autumn Rush

Last year I posted that I had thought starting a homesteading blog in Autumn was a bad idea because there wouldn’t be much going on. No gardens were being planted, no animals were being born, nothing was growing, it seemed like there was a dearth of subject material to blog about. I found it to be the contrary: Autumn was a bad time to blog because there’s too much going on! There just isn’t the time to focus on the…

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One Year of Homesteading

One Year of Homesteading

Well, it’s official. October marks one year since we started this blog. To be sure, we moved here last June, but it wasn’t until about now in 2016 that we started getting down to business with homesteading. We’ve learned quite a bit in this past year’s time. Reading will only get you so far; as much as I’d like to think that I know it all because I have Professor Google by my side, we’ve found that books and the…

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A Note About Bird Wings

A Note About Bird Wings

The ducks are almost done with their molt. And by that I mean while they have finished growing out their wing feathers, they just haven’t resumed laying yet. We don’t do freedloaders around here; it’s definitely time for them to get on their game. Meanwhile, our chickens and turkeys had their wings clipped. We separated the poultry from the goats and put them in their own pen. For some reason, while the ducks were more than willing to comply, the…

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The Molt

The Molt

The ducks have officially started molting, the period of time in which they replace their feathers. There are feathers EVERYWHERE. It looks like a down comforter was ripped to bits out there. The ducks themselves are looking pretty haggard. What feathers they do have are misshapen and sticking out at odd angles. I’m looking forward to this being over. This also means that they have temporarily ceased laying… the protein and the energy that it takes to grow new feathers…

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Strange Conversations

Strange Conversations

We’ve had a lot of strange conversations since we started living here. So strange that it would be hard to explain to someone from the outside looking in. Conversations that I couldn’t have ever imagined having. So for your entertainment, here they are:   Rachel: What do you think the leash laws are for goats in town parks? Steve: Umm, there probably aren’t any.   Rachel: (spinning) You know, there are people who spin the fibers that they get from…

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