Homesteading Updates

Hi there! It’s been awhile since I updated you all on what’s been going on with all of the homesteading adventures. Things are coming along quite nicely, and it’s pretty much the reason I haven’t been blogging much in the past month….very busy with chickens, pigs, gardens and of course this guy always needs some attention as well..

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Frank loves to help blog!

So, we ended up getting two groups of chickens, and finally integrated the two groups. They are doing just fine together. The rooster is fixing to become supper. He constantly attacks me; running at me at full speed when I’ve turned my back. I’ve learned to carry a stick/shovel whenever I am doing errands around him.

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They love dust bathing under this tree. All in all I don’t mind having the egg chickens. We have ten chickens and average 4-7 eggs per day. I think they all don’t lay because they are getting old. It’s hard to tell which ones aren’t laying….unless I put a hidden camera in there or something…lol. Next year I think we will get some chicks so they are more efficient layers.

Speaking of chicks, in the next couple days we are set to get 35 meat chicks!!!! We built a Salatin style moveable chicken pen. Basically you put feed and water in the pen and move the pen every day so they have fresh forage. This is just the frame, but since then we have put chicken wire all around and aluminum on top. If you want to know more about it I suggest Pastured Poultry Profits by Joel Salatin. I forgot to take an updated picture!

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The pigs are doing well…getting fat. We built them a waterer that I read about online and it works awesome.

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pigs2My garden is doing sooooo good. I read all last year about organic gardening and confused myself so much. I got so scared I had to do everything perfect….that’s not the case. I’m not the best gardener but if I can do it, believe me, anyone can.

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Tomatoes…I planted way too close together! Woops!

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Kale

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First harvest of kale.

Soooo…now you see what’s been keeping me so busy this last month. It goes to show that you shouldn’t be scared to try something just because it’s hard. My husband and I had no idea how to do any of this stuff last year at this time….we basically rely on Google and a couple of good books. If you want to do something…..just go for it! You will learn as you go. If something scares you you should probably do it.

What new thing have you tried that you were initially scared of?

What are some of your biggest gardening problems and solutions?

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