Welcome to the Farmer in Odell

Good morning! Welcome to my very first blog post! I want to thank Chuck at www.cybersmartwebmarketing.com who got this up and running for us. We think it’s beautiful :) There are still some additions to be made, though, so please be patient with us.

Our life is multi-faceted, and this blog will be the same. I’ll talk about our animals, gardening, children, homeschooling, and whatever else may relate to those things.

Today I haven’t gotten outside yet. I will bring my camera this time, though, because yesterday when we went into the barn all 6 peafowl were roosting on the goat fences. The barn isn’t that big, so it was quite a site! We’re thinking they will spend a significant portion of the winter in there, rather than roosting in the trees like they’ve done up till now. I certainly would, if I were them.

Our goats seem to be doing better after a round of antibiotics. Most of them were coughing and had runny noses. In the 10 years we’ve had goats, that’s never happened before and hopefully they are done. Thankfully I had the foresight to can and freeze some of the extra milk during the summer, because we’re on milk withdrawal for a few more days because of the meds.

Our guinea hog piglets are doing so well! Some days when we go out there we can see that they’ve grown overnight. They’re terribly cute, but very afraid of us, so we keep going in the pen with them to try to get them used to us. The adults are all very friendly and love to be scratched. Last week I was in Chocolate’s pen putting up some smaller fencing so the piglets can’t get out and she came over and nuzzled and sniffed me and tried to sit in my lap! I think she weighs around 200 pounds and it wasn’t working out very well. She’s definitely NOT a lap-pig. And working with the fencing around her was impossible. Thankfully she figured that out and went someplace else.

The chickens are laying significantly fewer eggs now that fall is in full-swing. Every year I’m amazed at how suddenly they quit laying and then the opposite happens in the spring. One week we were getting 2 1/2 dozen eggs a day, and just a few days later we’re getting 1 dozen. We have our chickens in 2 separate pens. Currently we’re getting 1 or 2 eggs a day from the east-side chickens, and about a dozen out of the west-side chickens.

OK – time to get the children dressed so we can get out and feed all these critters – have a great day :)