Why Every Rural Homestead Should Have a Pig

Why Every Rural Homestead Should Have a Pig

I’ll admit, I had my reservations about raising pigs. Being a country girl from rural Ohio, I’ve grown up around hog farms. My uncle was a hog farmer for most of my life. My brother even raised a couple hogs for 4-H one year. The only things I really cared...
Surgery and Our Miracle Piglet

Surgery and Our Miracle Piglet

Well, I guess you could say my weekend started off with a bang. If you’re just tuning in, I’ve been stressing over one of our piglets who has/had a hernia. I was able to tape him up Friday, but the tape had come loose by the time we fed Saturday morning,...
Farm Life and Field Medicine

Farm Life and Field Medicine

In life, if you ever find yourself debating between becoming a farmer or a vet, become a vet.   Yesterday was certainly one for the record books. One of our piglets was born with an inguinal hernia, which means the ligament that separates the abdominal cavity from the...
Our Newest Piglets

Our Newest Piglets

Two years ago, we made the decision to start breeding pigs. It started as an effort to be more self-sufficient. It didn’t make sense to keep buying piglets from various sources every 6 months. First of all, we were always worried that we wouldn’t be able...
Eggs of a Different Color

Eggs of a Different Color

Growing up, I always thought the egg color selection was limited to brown and white.  Even then, I was convinced that white eggs were the only ones worth eating.  I was convinced that brown eggs tasted “gross.”  Now that I breed chickens, most of the eggs...
Duck Keeping for Beginners

Duck Keeping for Beginners

I have been pleasantly surprised by how much I have enjoyed owning ducks. My experience with ducks was extremely limited growing up. I had one neighbor who kept them, but they weren’t very friendly and he kept them locked in a horse stall their entire lives....
Hatching Eggs Now Available

Hatching Eggs Now Available

One of our goals here on the homestead is to preserve dual purpose, heritage breeds of chickens and ducks, more specifically Australorps, Barnevelders and Saxonies.  We may expand to include other breeds in the future, but for now we have our hands full with these....
Our New Saxony Ducks

Our New Saxony Ducks

We started our foray into ducks two years ago.  At that time, I was sold four ducklings which I was told were Buff ducks.  However, as they grew, I came to realize that they did not match the breed description for Buffs.  Instead, they more closely resembled Saxony...

Coon Dog Heaven

Dogs, they say, do not have souls. They only have hide and bones. But I believe there is a coon dog heaven and Red is gone were the good coon dogs go.  I’m so tired of loss.  I’m tired of the pain and the guilt.  I’m tired of the what ifs and the...
Grief and the Young

Grief and the Young

If you follow me on Facebook, you probably know that I lost one of my horses last Thursday night.  It was sudden and unexpected, and I am heartbroken.  We still don’t know cause of death, but the vet is running some tests.  It’s been less than two years...