Monthly Archives: June 2011

How To Hatch Out Chicks

June 29, 2011
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How To Hatch Out Chicks

I’m not exactly sure how to hatch out chicks at home using a incubator.  We tried it once.  We used a small styrofoam incubator a few years ago and attempted to hatch chicks very unsuccessfully.  We religiously monitored the temperature, humidity and turned the eggs three times a day.  At the end of the 3 weeks of torture trying to hatch out…

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Weeding and Watering Garden and Soul

June 28, 2011
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Weeding and Watering Garden and Soul

In between all the rain last week and this week, we worked in the garden every day planting more garden seeds and continuing to do battle against the weeds.    It’s still not completely up and going, but it’s much better than the garden jungle we had a little while ago. This week, I replanted green bean seeds.  The…

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Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk

June 27, 2011
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A few nights ago, my 13 year old son was about to orbit Mars when our new Guernsey dairy cow, Izzy, kicked over the 3 gallon milking pail which was almost full of creamy, frothy fresh milk.  She kicked.  He scrambled for the milk pail and missed and we watched the milk flow like a river all over the milking area. …

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Bringing Home A Dairy Cow

June 23, 2011
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Bringing Home A Dairy Cow

Last week, we took a 3 hour trip to fetch a newly freshened dairy cow to add to our Guernsey herd.  On our way, we also stopped by a Guernsey Dairy Farm and picked up a newborn bull calf.       The trip went smoothly.  Everyone watched giddy and excited as we loaded her up.  She handled the ride in…

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Cow Pregnancy Test

June 21, 2011
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Cow Pregnancy Test

It would be nice if they made a cow pregnancy test where you could just stick the little plastic indicator under the cow’s urine flow and have it read the cow baby hormone in about 30 seconds.  I mean, really, how hard is that?  But then again, I’ve seen a cow pee and I wouldn’t want to be the…

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Giving Up On the Garden ?

June 20, 2011
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Giving Up On the Garden ?

We came home to a scary overgrown jungle in the garden after being gone for a week.  I stood at the garden fence looking in at the wild jungle that had tripled in size in just a week.   I grow great super weeds and rocks. I stood gazing at the garden in a cloud of despair.  I…

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The Dairy Bull Conversation

June 18, 2011
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The Dairy Bull Conversation

  Spanky’s Daddy They say that the most dangerous farm animal is a dairy bull.  And even more dangerous, is the bottle-fed dairy bull because he does not fear the hand that fed him.  We happen to have a bottle-fed Guernsey dairy bull on our farm that has now grown into teenager-bullhood.  There really wasn’t…

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Downsizing our Chicken Flock

June 10, 2011
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Downsizing our Chicken Flock

It was a very good day.  About a month ago, we sold half of our chickens.  An unusual feeling of happy giddiness overwhelmed me that day as I thought of those birds leaving my farm for good.  I still think of that day and it makes me smile.  Now, don’t get me wrong…. I love farm fresh…

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Farm Illusions

June 10, 2011
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Farm Illusions

We talk a lot about becoming more deliberate and serious about growing our own food.  At different seasons, we’ve done better than others.  This year we completed the task of putting up the greenhouse.  It took us a long time, but finally, I can look out my front window and see a semi-circle of plastic sitting…

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