Category: Critter Updates

Lambs

New lambs for Christmas…. The shepherd boy caught one of his baby lambs and brought it up to the house for everyone to ooohhh and ahhh over.  Newborn lambs are so sweet!

Christmas Lambs

We switched out our ram at the beginning of the year.  Our new ram looks nice enough but as we approached the end of the year, we were really wondering if he worked or not.  Our worries were relieved when…

October Life

The autumn season is upon us and, like every year, I stand and marvel at the beauty surrounding me.  Crisp air, leaves dancing about, the rustic smell of bonfires scattered about the valley and the thunk of the walnuts falling…

Raising a Hog

For several years now, we have been raising our own meat.  It may sound hard and complicated but it really isn’t that hard.  My men and boys around here may have just laughed at me for saying that since basically…

Coming Home with Chicks

Last week when my son saw the sign on the Amish farm, “Chicks For Sale”, I had a soft moment for some reason and stopped to let him look.  He was so excited. He had been wanting to get a…

How do I save my cow from bloat?

I hate when I have to ask this question.  It is the usual story – at least around here.  There is a new milker in the stall (both the cow and the boy), we are late for school, the barn door…

Training A Milk Cow?

1st time milking animals don’t know the milking routine.  You have to train a milk cow how to milk.  We’ve trained two enormous beasts how to milk.  That means we are not experts and still have much to learn and…

The Birth of a Guernsey Dairy Calf

We’ve been anxiously awaiting the birth of a dairy calf here on our farm.  After weeks of checking and rechecking and nightly treks out to the cow pasture….One of our milk cows, Dixie, finally gave birth to a large, healthy…

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…

Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk

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…

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. …

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…

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…

Pastured Pork

We love farm raised meat!  We’ve been raising our own meat for several years now and it’s been such a blessing to our family.  Last year, our momma pig had 5 piglets who have now grown up and are ready to…