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

Plant the Seeds and Watch Them Grow

Yesterday was a busy day of planting! What’s the point of living in the country if you aren’t going to have lots and lots of fresh fruits and veggies? A few months ago I’d ordered some Patriot Blueberry bushes and grape vines (two Somersets and two Concords) and they FINALLY came this week. They’re small, bare-rooted plants right now but they should take off quickly. I planted the blueberry bushes along the west side of the potting shed, they’ll get good sunlight there. I was planning on putting in a flowerbed along that wall so I’ll add some ornamental plants around the blueberries. Continue reading

It’s Calf Selling Time!

Today was calf selling day! Well, technically the sale is tomorrow but we took them to the sale barn today. It was a busy and exhausting day! For the last month or so we’ve been feeding the weaned calves in the corral to get them used to going in there. Today was the day we closed the gate on them! It was the big day for the heifers, two loads of them! We had to sort off the bull calves because they aren’t ready to ship yet, they won’t be bulls when they go to the sale barn. 😉  Continue reading

If April Showers Bring May Flowers, What do May Showers Bring?

Hello all! We did indeed get more rain this week, it is soggy ’round here! On Wednesday we got over 3 inches (not quite 3 1/4 inches) bringing our grand total to nearly 10 inches of rain in 6 days. And, still, we’re lucky. A little further south of us they got over 15 inches of rain in that same time period.

But now we’ve had two sunny days in a row! The rivers are receding, the highways are reopening, and those that had flood damage are cleaning up and repairing. Continue reading

We’re Building an Ark and Loading the Animals Two by Two…

It’s been a rainy weekend in mid-Missouri, boy oh boy has it ever. We have a rain gauge on the farm and we’ve recorded approximately 6 1/2 inches from Friday to this morning. That’s a lot of rain but we’re actually lucky because areas to the south of us had more than 10 inches of rain dumped on them, 10 inches of rain in less than 2 days! We’ve had a very wet few weeks and the ground is already saturated so all of this rain has resulted in major flooding. Seriously guys, it’s legitimately historic flooding (which actually seems to happen every year or two but the numbers don’t lie!).  Continue reading

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