Beginner’s Guide to Raising Ducks

Beginner’s Guide to Raising Ducks

Many people don’t consider ducks when they decide to raise backyard poultry. Their experience with them is limited, so they don’t realize how personable and healthy they can be. Ducks can best be described as comical as they waddle around the yard, eating bugs out of...
Why Are Chicken Eggs Different Colors?

Why Are Chicken Eggs Different Colors?

Eggs at the grocery store have a limited color selection. Your choices are white or brown. All of the eggs are completely uniform, same shade, same size, and same shape. So farm fresh can come as a bit of a surprise to someone who has only had eggs from the grocery...
How to Care for a Sick Piglet

How to Care for a Sick Piglet

Pigs tend to be very hardy animals; however, they aren’t completely immune to all ailments, especially as babies. Baby pigs, or piglets, are much more susceptible to disease and injury than mature pigs. So how do we prevent illness in piglets and how do we care...
Raising Ducks for Eggs

Raising Ducks for Eggs

Ducks are growing in popularity as the latest additions to backyard homesteads; however, there is still some apprehension when it comes to eating duck eggs. For those who have dared to venture outside of their comfort zones, many have found they prefer the rich flavor...
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...
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...

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...