Barnyard

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...

An ordinary morning becomes an Extraordinary Day!

It was about 9 a.m. and we were getting ready for church when the phone rang.  It was a sweet friend calling with a question....an amazing question....did we want a cow who had just freshened (had a calf)....for FREE!! Well, of course we did!  We had been looking for...

Summer Surprise!

Do you love summer?  We do.  It is the busiest season on a farm.  Long hours working in the garden, then harvesting, washing, snapping and working for days canning! But aren't you glad when the snow flies the next winter? We've been getting lots of squash, zucchini,...

Winter Cow Chasing…the new Olympic Sport!

We just tried sending 2 steers to the butcher. Notice the word tried. My sons put the steers into the corral the night before the butcher came to pick them up. The plan: Butcher backs trailer up to the gate, we open the gate, steers walk into the trailer.  It is how...

It’s not easy to kill a cow

She'd been looking bad for sometime.  She was quite old. We couldn't get her to gain weight.  I didn't think she would survive last summer.  I knew she wouldn't this winter. We talked about taking her to the stockyard.  But...she was an old friend. My boys were raised...

Who meets YOU at the door…

Here is my morning meet and greet! If it isn't cats, it's chickens.  Or usually both. All those stories you hear about dogs and cats as enemies, cats and other critters as enemies...just don't hold water here on my farm! Our cats and dogs snuggle up together on cold...

Coyotes!

Coyotes...boy are they plentiful this year!  We've been seeing a pair down in the corner of one of our fields almost every night...and sometimes in the daytime!I think they are scouting out our chicken coop for an easy supper.  We've beefed up security!Last night I...

Cattle Panel Chicken Coop – Part 2

  The Tour! Here is our completely wrapped chicken coop!   The door is open...come on in! Notice the gap in tarps around the door.  As the weather has gotten colder, we have added a long tarp to keep the chill winds out. This is the back wall of the coop.  The boys...