Homesteading, Organic Gardening, How to Farm, Preparedness, Self-Reliance
At only 6 months old, I wouldn't have thought that Jenny (my Narragansett turkey hen) was nearing the end of her life. However, this week she developed a cough. I wasn't sure what to do. I called a vet that said he made house calls in his ad. He never called me back. Friday I noticed she couldn't breathe without keeping her mouth open. By then it was too late. She collapsed Friday night.
I was at the farm by myself. My husband had an eye appointment. I was trying to get her…Continue
2014 will be the year we move to the farm – that is a declaration! We are so close and to think of all that we were able to accomplish is really quite humbling when we look back. Almost 14 months later and we’re still working hard to get to the farm.
This last month brought some high moments for us and some low.
My father passed away at the age of 91 on December 5. I had so wanted him to see the farm and even though I wrote him each week and sent him weekly pictures of the…Continue
Since my last update at the end of October, we’ve accomplished quite a bit. I get frustrated with our self-imposed deadlines but then I often forget about how much has to be accomplished before we can do something. For example, our one goal this past Thanksgiving weekend when we had 4 days off was to get the sheetrock in my daughter’s bathroom done. This is the last room in the basement to be done and when it is completed we can call for the mud/tapers. Well, not exactly, we still have 2…Continue
We lost a Buff Orpington hen to prolapsed uterus problems. We tried to doctor her a couple of times, but it kept prolapsing and it was not good. We put her out of her misery. In all our years with chickens this was a first prolapsed uterus case.
Yesterday we lost our 2nd hen - a Barred Rock. We are not sure what was wrong with her. Last weekend we thought it was a condition the internet called "egg bound" - she was acting lathargic and almost broody except not laying on eggs. We…Continue