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Pig Paradise

Hubby finished the pig fortress!  It is mostly made of pallets he found on Craig’s List.  He built a door that locks so they are safe from nocturnal predators.  He also lined the hog panels with pallets to make it a little tougher for animals to jump into the hog pen. To move the pigs from the horse barn…

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Visiting a Chicken Keeper

I’m not sure what the best term is: chicken keeper, egg gatherer, chicken farmer?  Anyways, my Great Aunt Kristy happens to be one.  A kind one who allowed us to visit and only laughed at us a few times when we asked questions.  I’ve read a lot of books on the subject so I had lots of questions.  My…

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My first time to shoot a gun

    I used to have to say I’ve never shot a gun.  Until now!  My dad and nephew wanted to come sight their 22s on our property.  I have always been curious to shoot.  I’ve watched my husband shoot a shotgun several times, but I didn’t like the way those kick.  I like my shoulders bruise free.  The…

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Deworming Pigs

The theory is that the pigs dig in the dirt and eat worms and other parasites.  Our smallest pig isn’t growing nearly as quickly as the other two.  He has also been acting less social.  After researching, it is possible he has a worm problem.  We tried the natural worming method for one month.  I am not confident it…

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Baby chicks have been ordered!

I ordered my first batch of baby chicks!  I chose dual purpose breeds, which means they are good egg layers and can also be used for meat.  I ordered females to start.  We may add a rooster later.  I’ve read sexing baby chicks is tricky so I won’t be surprised if we get a rooster after all! I chose…

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Review of a prefab chicken coop

We have a plan to have farm fresh eggs eventually.  We’ve been reading a lot on chicken coops.  I’ve checked out several books from the library and read several articles online.  Pinterest has tons of chicken coop ideas.  On Black Friday, there was a great sale on a mobile coop with a tractor attached.  We decided to try it…

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Jackpot! Free pig food!

We asked a local grocery store if they had any old veggies or fruits they would be willing to sell or give away.  I was nervous approaching the shelf stocker.  It isn’t my style.  I told him I had a strange request.  He was very kind and excused himself to “go check”.  I figured he would come back and…

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Daily Chores

We’ve got morning chores and evening chores.  Sometimes one of us does the chores, other times both of us get to chore together.  Since we have kiddos we often have to take turns between tending children and tending farm animals.  Sometimes I strap my toddler on with a Boba carrier to help with evening chores.  The funny thing about…

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Horses do lay down

Anytime I see a horse laying down, I get a little excited.  I always want to make sure they are just resting and not sick.  I’ve seen Dr. Pohl (cool vet show you can view on Netflix).  The sick horses are always laying down!  If I see one of mine laying down, I’ll approach to make sure she is ok. …

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Temporary Pig Pen

When we decided to try raising pigs for meat, I imagined happy pigs frolicking in pasture, then returning to a warm, dry barn. We created such a space, but the pigs were attacked and killed the first night.   I had to re-imagine a place to keep the pigs. My goal of happy pigs was trumped by live pigs. We…

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