Weed Free Gardening

Weed Free Gardening We have found the two biggest issues we face with our garden is the weeds and the watering. Much of this is due to all the time we spend on other things.  Being retired you would think we would have time for everything.  But aches, pains, and doctor visits seem to occupy…

Garden Update – April 2020

This is custom heading element So here it is, the first part of April and the garden season is underway here in the Ozarks. Over the winter, we have cleaned out the bedding from the chicken coop and run, and spread out over the garden area. Our last frost date here is April 15th, so…

New Fruit Trees for the Homestead

We added a couple new fruit trees to the homestead 2020 This year is the first I can remember that the purple plum we planted has set on a full bloom.  The peach trees also have had a very good bloom, and the apple trees which have started to bloom and lost to freezing weather…

January in the Garden

January in the Garden[mk_padding_divider] Getting in the garden in January can be real challenging.  Cold and often nasty weather here make it an unpleasant task most days in January. A big issue with our garden has been poor soil condition.  We keep adding organic material, compost, and what ever else we can to build the…

Building another automated coop door

Building an Automated Chicken Coop Door In December, we added some more turkeys to the flock, so now 5 turkeys.  They were kept in the hoop coop for a while, primarily to keep the rest of the flock out of the higher protein feed the turkeys were getting.  Once released into the flock, they did…

Chicken Coop Overview

Chicken Coop overview for November 2019[mk_padding_divider] A look at our coop and run for the Chickens, Geese, Ducks,  Guineas, and Turkey. There is some automation, including WiFi for the coop.  Automatic Door, Automatic interior lights to come on in the early morning hours, brooder lamps, fan for ventilation and more.  Several IP Video cameras with…

Scout vs Ritz

Scout vs Ritz Scout came up to Ritz, the lead duck, in full challenge mode. Ritz did not back down, but turned to face Scout bill to beak. In the blink of an eye, Scout leaps into the air, claws lifted forward in full fighting mode. Ritz, ducked under Scout, bit Scout’s tail feathers and…

Country Wine

Making Country Wine It turns out, making wine at home is not nearly as complicated as many home brewers would have you believe.    The materials and process, as outlined below in the video explain it quite well. We gave this a try with fresh plums, also as shown in the video, since we really like…

Figs Pigs and Feathers

We updated our Youtube channel In order to better fit what we are doing on our place, we changed the channel name to Figs Pigs and Feathers. Yes, that’s right.  We have added pigs to the mix.  Fig trees and a host of others have and will be added to select locations on our property,…

New Chickens for a New Year

New Chickens for the New Year December 12th 2018 our first batch of new chicks hatched.  Hoover Hatchery shipped them out December 15th.  It was an order of 20 hatchery choice egg layers.  These chicks are the first of several orders intended to rebuild our flock following the devastating mink attacks. No. It is not…

2018 Coming to a Close

End Of The Year – Assessment So What do you think? Not a particularly great way to end the year. 2018 was a decent year all in all.  There were plenty of eggs to be collected and shared.  Lots of entertainment, and perhaps most important for us on our little patch in the woods, is…

Another Mink Attack

More Mink Attacks, and a Dog Attack November 2018 was a treacherous month in the chicken coop.  The mink came back for multiple attacks, particularly during the several days over the Thanksgiving week when we were out of town travelling.  In the additional attacks, the mink managed to kill 55 of the 57 chickens in…

Mink Attack

Wow! What a Killer! It was the night before Halloween. We noticed some commotion going on in the chicken coop on the coop ip cameras. When the particular camera was selected it was clear we had a problem. I headed down to the coop as quickly as I could get my boots on and get…

Making Cornbread

Home made cornbread from home ground corn. Pre-heat oven to 375 F In a large bowl, mix 2 cups of cornmeal, 2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons baking powder, 2 teaspoons salt. Mix well. Add 2 fresh eggs, 2 cups of milk, and a stick of butter. Mix well. Pour mix into…

They are not all roosters

[vc_images_carousel images=”8785,8787,8788,8791″ img_size=”medium” autoplay=”yes” wrap=”yes”] After some months now, we have finally decided that of the 4 white Jersey Giant straight run chicks we ordered from Hoover Hatchery, 1 of them is a hen.  Straight run was the only option available for this breed, otherwise we would have ordered 3 hens and 1 rooster, but…

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