Barnyard

Roofs, Ladders & Hide & Seek.

Roofs, Ladders & Hide & Seek.

Today the roof went on the pole barn. My sons worked on it all day. Here is the first piece of tin going up early this morning... quickly followed by more... And done! It's a beautiful sight! I have kids and grandkids that live here on the farm with me....there is...

Barn Going Up!

Barn Going Up!

We've made some great progress on the new pole barn as my sons have had time to work on things. Side walls went up quickly Then the trusses finally arrived.  The cost of wood has gone up 300% locally since March.  Steel trusses were much less expensive than going with...

Check Out Our Fall Building Project!

Check Out Our Fall Building Project!

At first glance this may look like a mowed patch in this field but look closer! See the stakes? To me - this is about to become a new barn.  I've seen the plans my son drew up, his idea of feeding cows in the dry without having to muck a barn, a sheltered milking...

New Calf on the Homestead!

New Calf on the Homestead!

We were wondering if Dixie was EVER going to drop her calf.  Although you can track when a cow goes into the pasture with a bull, you don't always know what day she got bred.  Usually it happens pretty quickly but Dixie must have played hard to get for almost a month!...

Well I Never Thought We’d Have To Do THIS!

Well I Never Thought We’d Have To Do THIS!

You have to be prepared to handle emergencies on the homestead! Sometimes they involve people but often they involve animals.  Learn how to give shots, treat wounds, do an episiotomy for an animal struggling during birth, how to turn babies, pull babies, castrate,...

Do This and Never Buy Chicks Again!

Do This and Never Buy Chicks Again!

Chicks are expensive.  At our local farm store they are $4 to $7  each - more for specialty breeds. If I drive about 30 miles there is a much larger farm store with many varieties at $3 each  but you have to buy 6 minimum...not usually a problem for me!  What if every...

Hello, my name is Cheri and I’m a chick-a-holic….

Hello, my name is Cheri and I’m a chick-a-holic….

It’s not my fault (really!). Hear me out….there are SO many heritage breeds, beautiful colors of eggs and beautifully feathered chickens that I can’t help myself.  I’m not greedy…I just want one of everything.  Just one…. Normally this isn't a tremendous problem....in...

Till the Cows Come Home…#2

Till the Cows Come Home…#2

Have you ever heard that expression "I’ll love you till the cows come home"?  Know why they say that?  Because the cows don’t EVER come home.  Let me repeat that...if you don’t go get them.... they.never.come.home! Many years ago we had a neighbor pull up to let us...