Life on the farm: Some days it’s sunshine & butterflies, other days you slip and fall in a mud puddle…

Eh, at least it wasn’t a big muddy, poo puddle! That happens sometimes too. 🙂

After I fell in the puddle I decided it was going to be a work inside day, I’d finished all of my morning chores and it’s been raining on and off all morning. Besides, I’ve got plenty of things to catch up on. So here I am, freshly showered (I was really covered in mud, it was even in my hair) and ready to get to work.  Continue reading

We’re Remodeling!

Hello all! Remember Larry the goat? Well, Larry has been in a temporary stall in my parents barn for the last few weeks (he was too small to put in with the bigger goats). But that’s about to change! My dad has been building some permanent stalls in their barn and one will be just for Larry. 🙂 Continue reading

Darn Opossums, Opossuming Around

We finally beat the heat wave! Cooler temps moved in over the weekend (finally!) and it’s been so nice. We actually turned the AC off and have been enjoying the fresh air with the windows open. Last night Samson woke me up at around 2:45 AM just barking his head off (that’s the downside to sleeping with the windows open). I tried to ignore it for a while but we’ve had a horrible time with raccoons and other small animals causing trouble so, finally, a little after 3 I went out to see what was going on. I took a big spotlight with me so I could see what he was barking at. Everything was quiet, except Samson. All the turkeys, chickens, goats, and barn cats were sound asleep so I went back inside. About 5 minutes later Samson started in again! Continue reading

It’s a heat wave, heat dome or whatever… it’s just freakin’ hot!

It’s hot folks. Really hot. The kind of summer heat that is usually reserved for August. I just got back in from doing morning chores (the earlier we start the better!) and at 8 AM it’s 80 degrees with a heat index of 85, ugh. We’ll likely top 100 today with a heat index well above that. It would be nice if we could kick back in the shade (or air conditioning) and sip on lemonade all day BUT the heat means more work. Watering the gardens and fruit trees, making sure all the critters have plenty of water and monitoring all of them to make sure they aren’t getting overheated takes most of the day. Continue reading

Chicken Coops & Duck Tractors

Chicken coops & duck tractors? I know what you’re thinking… what’s a duck tractor?! It’s like a chicken tractor but for ducks! If that still doesn’t answer it, a tractor is a floorless coop that can be moved. Why is it called a tractor? I really have no idea. Some people say it’s because it’s moveable but I’m not sold on that answer. What it does though is it allows for the benefits of free-ranging your flock but provides shelter for them and keeps them safe. My dad built a tractor for his ducklings and baby turkeys. He plans to build a second one so that as the turkeys and ducks grow he can separate them into two tractors. Continue reading

There Are Beetles and Then There Are Japanese Beetles… MUCH Worse

Japanese beetles…. one of the most destructive and hated of all garden pests. If you don’t have to deal with them where you live count yourself very lucky but be warned, they’ll probably move in eventually. Just as their name implies, the Japanese beetle originated in Japan but they’ve been in the US for approximately 100 years. They gradually spread but many areas of the country weren’t infested with the little devil buggers until the last 10 or 15 years. We didn’t have them on the farm until the last 7 or 8 years and the area I lived in for the past 20 years (which is approximately 200 miles from the farm) doesn’t have them at all… yet. Continue reading

Updates: Tractors, Ducks, Garden and Chicks

I can’t believe two weeks have gone by since I last posted. Things have been busy on the farm! We tend to work until sundown, which right now is nearly 9 o’clock. That’s a long day, folks! And this girl crashes hard at the end of that long day. 🙂 What have we been busy doing, you ask? Well… it’s hay season so a lot of our energy is going into putting up hay (whenever we have three or four days with no rain in the forecast). That meant I had to learn to drive a tractor and run a hay rake! It’s been an adventure! We also had to build a coop for my little chickens and guineas, they’re growing fast and have outgrown their brooder box. Then we had all the normal chores on top of those two big projects. It’s been a busy couple weeks and this girl is worn out.

I thought I’d give you guys updates on a few items I’ve mentioned in previous posts. Here we go: Continue reading

With a Cackle and a Cluck

DaisyDoo Homestead is growing! Today I took a little day trip to Cackle Hatchery in Lebanon, MO. They are a larger hatchery that ships poultry all over the country, 193 varieties! Chickens, ducks, geese, guineas, quail, pheasant, and even peacocks! They were having their HUGE After Memorial Day Sale and there were so many baby birds to choose from. So many!

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Cackle Hatchery in downtown Lebanon, MO.

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The wheels on the…. tractor go round and round. At least they’re supposed to.

There are always surprises on the farm, we hope for good surprises but it seems like we usually get not so good surprises. 🙂 On Tuesday Dad was driving one of the tractors (the big, four-wheel drive, work horse tractor) when the front end started going “ka-chunk, ka-chunk, ka-chunk” and the front wheels started locking up. That’s very bad and this would be one of those not so good surprises. Dad had to abandon the tractor in the field, yikes. Continue reading