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Current animals on the farm

We are officially on summer break, which means we have more time to just lollygag around the barnyard.  Between all the animals and the mud puddles, the girls can play until the sun goes down.  Good times! Our barnyard is ever evolving as far as animals go. Here is a brief breakdown of what we currently have: 5 baby turkeys,…

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Livestock Guardian Dogs

We’ve had our livestock guardian dogs (LGDs) for about 8 months.  These dogs are amazing!  We got them around 12 weeks of age and they took on their role of protecting livestock within a couple of months.  It is their instinct. They consider the livestock as part of their herd and they ward off predators.  Our two, Max and Lucy, are a great pair. …

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Grass Kills

Did you know that a horse can get sick by eating too much grass? When we brought Trixie home last fall she came from a dusty home with no grass.  She only had hay.  We brought her home to a lush 5 acres.  You can imagine her eagerness to munch on grass.  We had read that you had to…

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First Time Free Ranging Hens

Remember we moved our chickens to their final coop?  We kept them in the coop for two days straight so they would know that this is their new home.  Then one evening, we opened the coop door to let them explore outside, on their own, for the first time.  They were slow to exit the coop and we had…

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Moving Chickens, Again

I told you we’d move those feathered friends again!  We caught all 11 hens and moved them from their small chicken tractor into a bigger, permanent coop.  I missed some cool moments with the camera, so use your imagination.  First, I held a barred rock and my five year old petted her and felt her feet and claws.  She…

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Moooove over, we’ve got cows!

  I sent the above picture to several family and friends on our way home from acquiring our cows.  My brother called me immediately and asked, “Why do you have cows in your van?”.  “How else was I supposed to get them home?”.  We’ve gotten a lot of chuckles from transporting cows in our van and we are chuckling along…

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Spring Preview for the Chickens

The weather this weekend made us all think of spring.   Too bad it is only early February.  Days like this weekend make me think how much more fun farming will be come spring.  No more bundling up against frigid winds to check on things!  I can’t wait.  🙂 Hubby spent most daylight hours digging holes for fence posts.  That will be another…

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Guardian Dogs Settling In

It’s crazy how these dogs have the instinct the protect the farm animals.  They are just four months old and have already indicated they were born to guard livestock.  When a strange dog approaches our property they bark.  Their bark is pretty fierce for a puppy.  When our Rosie dog starts chasing the horses, these dogs will gang up on…

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Vaccinating the pups

Did you know you can buy dog vaccines at Atwood’s?  Neither did I! The guy that sold us our LGD pups kept good records of the vaccine and worming regimen he has been administering.  He told me where he got his supplies.  I was on the fence about doing it myself until I called a local vet who has…

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