Homestead Animals

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On a particularly dreary and cold day recently, we set out to move Mabel and the three dairy goats into a new section of pasture.

The other two meat animals we currently have were housed on a separate but equally worn section of pasture and so we were going to move them as well. And move them we did, Stanley and Bell coming from one section of pasture and Mabel, Abby, Daisy, and Millie from the other.

As some of you may have guessed, it didn’t take long for Mabel and Stan to remember their fondness for one another and soon after reuniting, Stanley was nursing contentedly once again, all but drinking the entirety of that evening’s milking. So we separated them once again and went back to the drawing board.

So Stewart ordered one of these doohickeys and we’re going to give it a try. Despite the always-present surprises in these processes, the family walk was nice… especially for certain little girls and boys who got to evade the afternoon nap just a little bit longer.

Sometime back in November the hens went from laying more than enough eggs for us to just a handful a day, seemingly overnight.

Well recently things shifted back, presumably due to the warmer weather and the days just starting to lengthen. 

This flock is a mix of various breeds from various sources, many of whom were hatched right here on the homestead or were gifted to us. 

Between that and the very simple feed and free-range needs they have, we get way more out of these birds than we put in. You can do a lot with eggs and milk, I’ve read, and I am really finding that to be true. With some cheese and eggs and stored vegetables from last year, sometimes I think it’s starting to look like a homestead in this kitchen.

And we are so grateful to the Lord for His continuing provision.