Barnyard

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...

Cattle Panel Chicken Coop – Part 1

Several years ago, Josiah and I visited a friend's farm in Kentucky.  We were impressed with his chicken houses.  They were simple, quick to construct and easy to care for.  He was raising pastured chickens to butcher and sell - and others for eggs.  He had quite a...

Three years later and he’s still doing it…

Mama's of boys...read this post and I know you'll understand. Mama's of girls...read this post and weep for joy that all of your bedrooms are painted pink. Weak tummy? Creeped out easily?  Stop reading now.  Come back tomorrow and we'll talk about soap or baking bread...

Eggs anyone?

  As you can see we are BLESSED with eggs! Some look white in this picture but they are all brown eggs.  We have someone laying speckled eggs, and another laying an egg with "stripes".  We also have a "stealth" ninja chicken...her eggs are HUGE! The egg on the bottom...