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Month: June 2015

American Sniper Shames Me at Homesteading

As I watched the parade of cars drive down the Texas streets, I cried a few tears. How pointless. A man who risked so much and survived so many possible deaths lost his life taken to a fellow veteran on American soil! The tragedy. Read more

Is Your Vision Worth Keeping? Then Don’t Let it Go

I just laid my journal back down on the desk. All it takes is 5-10 minutes to relieve the pressure building up on the inside. Today’s pressure goes back to personal vision. Read more

Why Writing Your Story Is So Important

I’ve already explained my reason for writing, journaling, and blogging my story. But something was missing. I didn’t hit the mark. I talked about some things I hope to accomplish. But I think there is a greater mission. At the core, I think we ALL should write at least part of our stories and pass them down to future generations. Read more

The Dominiques Are Ready

After nearly two months of coop time, our Dominiques are finally ready to see the world. I’ve opened the coop door wide open three times now and like Noah’s dove, they bring back stories of hope for their sisters cowering inside the ark.

Today we will bribe them all to come outside with a trail of non-GMO no-soy feed. It may take as long as a week for them to venture from the barn itself. Then again, Dominiques are much more independent and resourceful than Australorps, so perhaps they’ll venture out faster.

Why wait so long to let them free range?

You can certainly set your chickens outside earlier. I’ve waited two months for several reasons.

  • An older bird is faster and smarter
  • They know where home is
  • They recognize my voice
  • Buys me time to get a sense of where they’re at

Reason #2 is the most important. I train them on my voice by making the same “chick chick chick!” sound when I bring their feed. The hens now recognize my call and they know where to roost, which makes evening last call that much easier. When I open the coop door at dusk and call them, they’ll come running for supper.

Is Fear Ever a GOOD Thing?

We’re about to have goat babies. Each morning, I glance out the window apprehensively, wondering if today’s the day Daisy gives birth. I’m not sure when D Day will be, because we kept our buck with the does instead of carefully planning conjugal visits. Our two other does gave birth over the past month, so it feels like Daisy is behind schedule. It’s a mental hang up, but it’s hard to shake. Read more

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