Around the Homestead

Bad weather and no power…


The ice and snow didn’t miss us.  I think we got about 5-6 inches of snow on top of the 1/2-1 inch of ice from the first storm that blew through.  The trees fell in the ice storm and ripped down the majority of our new fencing for the sheep and took out a small part of our privacy fence.  So, we once again have a lot of work cut out for us this winter/spring/summer.  It’s always something it seems like.  Oh well, such is the life on the farm. 

We received a nice check from an aunt of our’s for Christmas, so Randy and I want to buy something together with the money.  I thought he would say something like, a tv, or upgrade our Dish Network, but he’s actually in-tune with what we are doing with our lives these days.  He wants to buy a couple of dairy goats.  I was kind of excited about the idea.  We wanted to get them right away, but good thing we didn’t because our fencing isn’t ready for it now.  So, in the spring we will not only increase and diversify our chicken flock, but we will also add dairy goats to our little farm. 

We are still undecided on the type of chickens we will get.  We will for sure increase the number of banties we have.  We love them!  They are great foragers, need very little food to supplement their diet, and give us plenty of eggs for our personal use (and usually some extras for Grandma and Mom & Dad).  We need to do a little more research to see if there are any dual-purpose breeds we can house with our banties without them destroying the little banties, want our new addition to be a heritage breed, and hope to find one who lays well in the winter as well the warmer months.

My Grandma is in the hospital again.  She was having some trouble with her heart, and she has pancreatitis.  Her pancreatitis flares up about once or twice a year and puts her in the hospital, but her heart is a new concern.  So, hopefully she gets out of there before Christmas or that will be terrible for her.  I think we will all probably spend Christmas (or at least rotate shifts) in the hospital with her if that is the case.  We just hope that isn’t the case.

Hope everyone has a good evening!

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