Daily Archives: January 30, 2008

Growing Homestead

Anymore, I don’t seem to post as often as I would like.  I try to get to the computer to read every day, but writing takes substantially more time, and we have been busy here lately.

The kitchen cabinets are moving along quickly, but now we are to the tough part.  I have three base cabinets to put in, including the sink base, and then I have to install the countertops, which will include installing the sink and hooking it up.

Some time at the end of last week, Meagan got her first rabbit.  He is a little dutch rabbit and she has named him Riley.  He is in a cage that hangs from the ceiling of the chicken coop.

On Monday, Caleb got his first three(!) goats — all female african pygmies.  The african pygmy is a ‘miniature’ goat that produces about 300 quarts of milk per year but also has a stocky build that is good for meat.  We have moved the three of them into the western part of our barn, where we are trying to figure out a way to supply water that doesn’t freeze.  We also need to build a ‘fence that can hold water’ to keep them in.

Also on Monday, Gina got a puppy!  We brought home an eleven-week-old female cross between a black lab and a german shepherd.  She is very pretty.  She is being housed in the dog run right next to the chicken coop, so at night she can go into her own portion of the chicken coop to get out of the wind and share in some of the warmth generated by the chickens.  We hope to get her out and show her around some so she will be able to move around the homestead at will.  We hope that she will be the start of our own livestock guardian dog pack.

We have also received our order of seeds for our garden.  We paid for the seeds with the gift certificate that Herrick Kimball gave us for building and publishing about my very own Whizbang Garden Cart.  I hope to post about my Whizbang Garden Cart again in the spring.   I am looking forward to the spring, but I know it will involve alot of earth-moving.

Our homestead now consists of the five of us (Don, Gina, Caleb, Meagan, and Abigail), the two cats (Chief Wahoo & Rosie), about 50 chickens, one rabbit (Riley), three goats (Skittles, Snickers, & Soda), and one puppy (Bonnie).


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