Watering Rabbits and Poultry in Winter the Easy Way

Keeping rabbit water bottles and chicken water fountains thawed in winter is a real headache. I used to have doubles of everything. Early morning would find me making my rounds with filled water bottles and swapping them out for the frozen ones. Same with the chicken fountain. Then the frozen waterers came inside to thaw. Over the summer, I did some reading about water bottles and how rabbits don’t drink as much from them as … Continue reading

Smart Walking to Save Energy & Time

Before getting to the gist of smart walking, I want to thank the farmers at From the Country Farm for the use of the photo demonstrating Farm Family Walking. While not really Smart Walking, it certainly is a novel way to get a little exercise on a snowy winter day. Pay them a visit; they have a lot going on. Now, to the subject at hand. In my quest to save the Big Four (time, labor, money, … Continue reading

3 Reasons to Winter Sow Your Seeds

Never heard of the winter sowing method? Here is the USDA’s definition: “A propagation method used throughout the winter where temperate climate seeds are sown into protective vented containers and placed outdoors to foster a naturally timed, high percentage germination of climate tolerant seedlings.” While having “naturally timed, high percentage germination of climate tolerant seedlings” is pretty special, it isn’t one of our reasons to love this propagation technique. Winter sowing is the trifecta of … Continue reading

The Kid’s Sled to Chore Sled- A Back Saver

I always lament that time when winter is officially here and using the hose to water the livestock is no longer possible. There are few things harder on the old back then lugging water to various groups of animals and dragging the frozen buckets back to thaw. Then there’s hay and fodder to distribute. The whole process feels like it takes eons when you’re toting buckets and armloads of hay hither and yon. Practice might make the job … Continue reading

Junket!

If you have a dairy animal, you know what it’s like to be overwhelmed by milk. Some days it’s hard to stay on top of the supply. Especially, if changing it into another product, like cheese, is going to take much time. As I was looking at all the jars of goat milk in the fridge, I wondered what else I could use it for. Something simple. Something I hadn’t tried, yet. Then it hit me…junket. … Continue reading