Celebrating One Year On The Farm!

It was exactly one year ago today that I packed the last of my belongings into my car and left the city that had been my home for 20 years. My destination was my family farm! I can’t believe it’s been a year! Actually, yes I can. 🙂 Living in your parents guest bedroom for a year doesn’t exactly make the days go by quickly. 🙂 I never would’ve believed my house wouldn’t be finished after my first year on the farm (but it’ll be soon! I think). I thought today, on the one year anniversary of my move to the farm, it would be fun to remember the things that I have done on my homestead (because it’s so easy to think about the big thing that isn’t done). 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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Flashback Friday: Building the Shed, Week 3

It’s another Flashback Friday and we’re gonna raise the roof! That’s what you do after you put the walls up. 🙂

Before I bought the roofing materials for the shed I did a lot of research on different types of roofs. There are a lot of options but I went with a metal roof to keep with the farmhouse aesthetic I want for the homestead. I priced a few different stores and ended up going with the Pro-Rib from Menards, you can order it in lengths cut to the exact size you need and it’s very reasonably priced. Continue reading

Flashback Friday: Building the Shed, Week 2

It’s Friday! Gracias a Dios es Viernes (Thank God it’s Friday)! I had a Colombian coworker once and he was determined to teach me Spanish, that’s one of the few things I remember lol. 🙂 It is a glorious 60 degrees on this beautiful Spring morning (60 degrees at 8 in the morning! This is what I live for.) and there’s a chance of some thunderstorms this afternoon. I LOVE a good thunderstorm, as long as they aren’t damaging.

I thought I’d post another Flashback Friday on the shed construction. This week I’m going to share all the fun of framing! Yes, it’s as exciting as it sounds. 🙂 Continue reading