Barnyard

Watch-Birds of the South!

I don't know about other areas but down here in Appalachia, we have watch birds!  They have a dual purpose on our farm...their favorite food to eat is ticks along with other bugs!  Works for me!  However, they are the UGLIEST birds you will ever meet - they ALWAYS...

Sometimes life comes in a big yellow bucket…

So...let's take a quick detour from talking about goats to taking about those little surprises in life that sometimes come in a big yellow bucket. Elijah stuck his head in the door yesterday...he looked a bit odd.  Actually, about half of his body was in the door but...

The scary thing about Caseous Lymphadenitis

According to the [easyazon_link identifier="091191093X" locale="US" tag="tnfarmgirl-20"]Merk Veterinary Manual[/easyazon_link], "Caseouslymphadenitis (CL) is a chronic, contagious disease caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis. " CL causes...

The trouble with goats…

I love having goats on our homestead.  I love the spring babies, I enjoy milking the mama goats and I really enjoy using the milk to make cheese and soap. However, goats can be a bit of trouble in a variety of ways and I want you to be prepared.  It's best to know the...

All about goats! The good, the bad and the scary!

We've had goats almost non-stop for 17 years! You have to admit that goat babies are the cutest babies on the farm!  Take a look! Is this first little one not the cutest thing you've seen today? My boys used to call these airplane ears! Early morning sunbeams caught...

In with the new (to us)!

The Farmer found this beauty with low hours and a bucket on the front! Tractors aren't rated by the miles...but by the hours they have been used. This is considered a mid-sized tractor but she is huge to us. This pretty thing was a steal! But what took my breath away...

Out with the old…..

When the Farmer married me, this was my farm tractor... This old Ford had been a faithful servant for many years...but it met with a very sad ending. Grab some tea and pull up a chair and I'll share how our faithful friend met her end. Many years ago, early one...

Chicken Poop – is it worth it?

I spent a good deal of Thursday cleaning the hen house. Yep...I scrubbed a ton of chicken poop. I can hear certain people now..."why in the world do you do these things? Eggs are cheap...why keep chickens". Here's my list of why: I keep chickens because I have a...

Time to milk? Here’s help!

We were blessed to get a little helper with our new cow...no, she still doesn't have a name... Meet Huey! Isn't he the cutest thing?  Huey usually keeps the front two quarters (largest ones) empty for us.  Leaving us to milk the back two quarters...with the smallest...