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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Food Foraging

Food Foraging

Steve and I read a lot of blogs and belong to quite a few online groups and forums related to homesteading. Interestingly, only a few of them mention foraging. I don’t know why more people don’t take advantage of foraging.  Maybe it makes people think of spending hours in the woods, searching out roots and odd greens, or invokes images those guys on Survivor eating bugs and half rotten fruit?  In reality, it just means picking food from an uncultivated…

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The Garden: The Good, the Bad and the Mystery

The Garden: The Good, the Bad and the Mystery

This year’s garden has been pretty sorry. It’s our first year with a garden, and as we’ve mentioned, the rain gave us quite the set back.  Almost nothing of what we planned made it into the ground, and what did go in was, well, just off a bit.  The broccoli turned out kind of ok. We got a couple of little broccoli florets (seriously, they can’t even be described as heads) that were tasty, but that’s about all we can…

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Why We Drink Raw Milk

Why We Drink Raw Milk

I have intended to write about our decision to drink raw milk for quite awhile now. I’ve struggled because my thought had been to provide a well researched post with links to scholarly information. I have not been able to do as such simply because there isn’t relevant research out there. I don’t mean research that supports my point of view, I mean that legitimate, peer reviewed research that examines and weighs the risks and benefits of raw milk versus pasteurized…

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Hay Day!

Hay Day!

Today was hay day. And no, I’m not referring to the app for your smartphone. Hay day means something entirely different around here, and it requires a heckuva lot more work than swiping your finger to feed your virtual livestock. Today, we had 100 bales of hay delivered for the goats. They go through 2 ½ to 3 bales a week, so this should last us through late April. I’ve talked about the rain we’ve had and the havoc that it’s…

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