Post Archives from the ‘Heritage Lifestyle’ Category



A Sad Happening

Posted on: April 5th, 2015 by
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As often happens with folks who were not raised on farms, we find ourselves learning new things on a daily basis.  This lesson revolves around our rabbits.  While I had a number of different pets as a child, rabbits were not welcome in our household, so I have little knowledge and now just a year of experience with them.  Compared to my knowledge of dogs, Continue reading the story "A Sad Happening"

Spring Expectations

Posted on: March 16th, 2015 by
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Some may remember that I was very interested, last spring, in incubating eggs and having my chicks arrive not through the mail but from our own hens.  I bought an incubator (after failing to build one) and made several attempts to hatch my own.  My success rate was never more than 30%. Thankfully, one of my hens did a much better job, sat 9 eggs (not Continue reading the story "Spring Expectations"

Back in the Groove

Posted on: February 20th, 2015 by
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So, its been far too long since I sat down to write.  A lot has happened since last summer... Sadly, not all of it was good and 2014 was a very personally challenging year for my family, my husband, and myself.  Happily, we are moving forward. While I try to get back in the habit of posting, I thought a short update was in order. Too much Continue reading the story "Back in the Groove"

a Moral consideration

Posted on: June 16th, 2014 by
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May was a very busy month for me and June is proving to be equally so.  My garden is doing very well and keeping me plenty busy, so no complaints there.  Also, the animals keep us hopping, with the pigs needing new pasture, the rabbits having babies, continuing to incubate eggs, and even our cat now expecting.  Finally, the kids are out of school and Continue reading the story "a Moral consideration"

Riding

Posted on: May 8th, 2014 by
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The other day at a child’s birthday party a friend offered rides on his motorcycle to some of us moms.  Many of us realized that it had been a long while since we had been the cute young girls that the bad boy was taking on his bike, so we were all in! A really enjoyable experience, all on its own, but I found myself seeing Continue reading the story "Riding"

Spring critters

Posted on: April 19th, 2014 by
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Things are greening, I've been planting, the windows are open, and there are more animal calls to be heard-it is definitively Spring.
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My hatchling and the new additions

I could not let my one surviving chick from my first attempt at incubation grow up alone, so my youngest and I drove over to Continue reading the story "Spring critters"

The Joy of Bread

Posted on: April 1st, 2014 by
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I love fresh-from-the-oven bread!  I think my brain is hard-wired to respond to that rich yeasty smell.  The problem is I have never been good at baking bread for myself or my family. Like many people I simply bought bagged bread from the grocery store, often regretting the lack of flavor and the terrible texture.  For special dinners I would go to a bakery, drink in Continue reading the story "The Joy of Bread"

Incubation

Posted on: March 24th, 2014 by
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I feel an update is necessary on this issue; my first attempt at incubation did not go well. We started the incubator with 21 eggs arbitrarily chosen (mostly by my almost 4 year old) from all of my hens.  I had purchased a Styrofoam incubator from my local Tractor Supply, because the "plans" for the homemade model began to get complicated and were not getting implemented.  Continue reading the story "Incubation"

Is it time to expand?

Posted on: March 4th, 2014 by
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Frugal February went off without a hitch.  We ate up a bunch of stored stuff, finished some projects that were in a state of near completion, and began plans to meet more of the goals on our way to sustainable homesteading. Some things were not as great.  I had a massive failure of the garden seedlings I had started in January; nearly 50 plants lost in Continue reading the story "Is it time to expand?"

Planning for Chicks

Posted on: February 6th, 2014 by
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We have 15 chickens right now in our flock.  I have a variety of breeds, most bought at my local feed store.  I have 2 Australorpes, a Buff Orpington, 3 Rhode Island Reds, 2 Americanas, 2 Barred Rocks, and 5 Freedom Rangers including my 2 roosters.  The Rhodies, Rocks and Rangers were bought because they are considered to be dual purpose birds (meaning they provide Continue reading the story "Planning for Chicks"