Monthly Archives: April 2009

Amish Bird House Gourds

April 30, 2009
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Amish Bird House Gourds

We purchased a milk cow from an Amish family in Kentucky last week.  They milk several cows and were selling off a Guernsey cow and heifer they had.   On our trip back up to pick up the cows, I spent some time with her in the greenhouse and just listened to her talk and mentally took notes.  We have been…

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Purchasing a Milk Goat

April 29, 2009
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Milk goats are a great family farm animal.  They are ideal for the children.  Milking an animal is a huge responsibility with so many rewards.  It is a great animal for a child to learn how to milk and all the responsibilities that go along with that chore.  Goats are a good –child to animal…

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Factory Farms and Swine Flu

April 28, 2009
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Quite a bit of information is coming out about the swine flu “pandemic”.  Here’s one of the thought provoking articles I read,  Mexican Lawmaker: Factory Farms Are “Breeding Grounds” of Swine Flu Pandemic.  Large-scale swine producers in Mexico deny that their industry is the source of the deadly new influenza strain, saying the animals are…

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Garden Lettuce

April 24, 2009
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Garden Lettuce

I love garden lettuce.  I would love to grow lettuce year round since it grows well in cooler weather.    These are the starter plants I bought from the Amish community not too far from us.  They started off looking a bit puny after I planted them.  And then the goats ate one row of them and…

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Buyer’s Remorse

April 23, 2009
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Buyer’s Remorse

Have you ever bought something and got it home only to feel that pit feeling in your stomach that you shouldn’t have bought it?  We had that feeling not too long ago, only we were driving out of the sellers driveway after we bought their goats when the feeling hit…way before we got home.  We…

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Farm Life: Boys, Calves, and Cowboy Boots

April 21, 2009
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This has to be one of my favorite elements of the farm… young men with chores.  Of course they don’t look like they are having too bad of a time. embedded by Embedded Video  

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WHOAHHHH…Slow down there….

April 21, 2009
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We’re trying too.  We just realized it has been almost two weeks since we posted.  For shame.  Good thing the blog doesn’t require water or feed, doesn’t need it’s pen moved to a fresh green patch, doesn’t need a bottle or need to be milked …it just sits there and waits.  We have lots to post! …

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Our Improved Chick Incubator

April 6, 2009
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Our Improved Chick Incubator

We didn’t have a great experience hatching out chicks last month.  We lost the two chicks that did finally hatch out and haven’t tried hatching out more chicks yet.  However, our boys informed us that two of our hens went “broody”.  The boys know how to spot this sort of thing…  It is when a hen…

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MomMom’s Cow

April 2, 2009
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MomMom’s Cow

…been busy…feeding their MomMom’s (grandma’s) calf… We have found that bottle feeding calves is sort of like bottle feeding a lamb or goat, only a baby cow is really a big animal to be so “little” , ya know, and is only going to continue to grow into a massive animal.  They drink a bigger bottle than what…

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Calf Chasing

April 1, 2009
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Calf Chasing

We have a new exercise…it’s called calf chasing.  You can join us every morning and evening if you like.  It’s what you do when you buy a bull calf that does not like you. This only looks like a leisurely morning walk.  The boys are chasing the calf around the pasture so that they can force feed him his…

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