Thursday, March 12, 2015

~ Recycled Goat and Sheep Feeders ~

I had wanted to make some hay bags out of heavy duty fabric but didn't have the time or room to get out the sewing machine so I went to plan B. I made a grid with duct tape first and then cut out the squares. The goats loved it and can't just throw all of their hay on the ground.

I made mineral and supplement feeders out of some heavy duty plastic bottles too but didn't bring the camera down to take pictures at chore time. This smaller dish soap bottle made the perfect kelp container for the chickens.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

~ Brrrrr ~

Twenty-eight degrees this morning and first soccer game of the season. I love autumn.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

~ Keeping Ducks Interview ~

I was super excited to be interviewed by Farmer Liz from Eight Acres: The Blog about keeping ducks. I am far from being an expert on the subject but we have been successful with them for meat, eggs, and pets.

Here's a little bit of the interview:

What’s the best thing about keeping ducks?

They provide hours of entertainment as they waddled to and fro, they love a good rain storm and are really good in the garden. Last year the ducklings were in the potato patch and took care of all of the potato beetles but didn't harm a single plant.

For the full interview, pop on over to Liz’s blog post titled "Getting Started With Ducks".

I hope you enjoy it.  If you have any comments or question, please pop back here and post them.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

~ Milk Room Progress ~

Baby steps but its getting done. The main motivation behind the clean up was a child forgetting to shut the door all the way and the cow getting into the bag of barley. Thankfully she didn't eat a lot and was okay. We worked on this project in June.

 Wall insulated and plywood up.

 After two coats of a durable, scrubable paint.

 The "pile". I know it doesn't look bad but you had to use the broom handle to turn on the light switch.

 Burgundy trim and shelves up (matches the trim on the outside of the barn). Used plastic bins to organize everything so that it is easy to find.

All feed and supplement containers labeled, floor swept and washed. A window will replace the plywood.

In the next few weeks we will insulate the remaining three walls, painting, putting up the rest of the trim and finishing the ceiling and lights.