Hello and welcome!
We are going to attempt a farm log/ update page/ blog here again. Entries will be written by me, Christina, as frankly, I’m the faster typist. Keeping up a farm log has proven to be difficult in the past, because Gerhard works a full time job off the farm, and we juggle a family of 3 children. Usually at the end of the day, when I have time to write, I’m pretty brain dead! But I think it will be a great way to keep people updated on the going ons here, and when we have new products as well.
So here is a little update for what we currently have going on at the farm.
We brought 4 little piglets here on the farm a week or so ago. They are Duroc/ Red Wattle crosses. Having piglets is always so fun because they are really fun to watch. They play together and run like crazy lunatics. They like to play what looks like tag or chase, and those floppy ears are just too funny. They are also really curious and it’s neat to put different foods or stimulating objects in the pen and watch them explore them. I always enjoy having the pigs here because of the practicality as well. They are our garbage disposals! Any food scraps we have go to them and it feels great to be able to have such little waste. It’s all a great part of this lifestyle of homesteading that we are striving for. We have deposits for 3.5 of these little guys now, and just another .5 to sell. Though, if we gather enough interest, we may acquire another piglet if need be. We will see!
A lot of people ask me how many chickens I have. I feel a little awkward when I tell them, I honestly don’t know! Frankly, it’s hard to count them all because they are always on the move. I’d probably say around 40. The breeds we currently have are Dark Brahmas, Buff Orpington, Sicilian Buttercup, Cochins, Seabrights, Silver laced Wyandotte, Golden Laced Wyandotte, Barred Rock, Marans, a Silkie, and a bunch of barnyard mixes. For those that follow our Instagram or Facebook, you probably saw my sappy post a week or so ago about losing my favorite Rooster, Jack. We are having some growing pains now with the new head honcho rooster, Pretty Boy. He’s trying to prove he’s the king of the flock, and this has not been a great transition. I’m not a big fan of being flogged by roosters. Neither are the kids, it turns out. Ha! So we are having to take measures to put him down a rung. This involves catching him (usually with a net) and carrying him around. Fingers crossed it works, or he may be hitting the crock pot. I hope not though, because he is a gorgeous bird!
We also acquired a couple of Turkeys and a few guineas. I’m thinking we may have one female and one male (we hatched them from eggs, so it’s a gamble), which would be awesome because…. More turkeys. Duh. ;)
We currently have a dozen Boer goats. We have a young buck, George, and are hoping that he will be mature enough to get them pregnant this fall, so we can have some spring babies! We also got another Great Pyrenees puppy to keep our other Great Pyrenees, Barbara, company. She seemed lonely, and we thought she could use a friend. His name is Kenny. (Barbie and Ken, ha!) He’s still pretty small, so it’s been a challenge keeping him in where he is supposed to be! He needs to get a bit bigger, then that will *hopefully* not be such a big problem.
Other than that, things have just been so HOT here in Texas that we have been spending a lot of time indoors. We are definitely ready for fall and the cooler temperatures. Ya know, for the two days of fall we get here. So here’s hoping I can actually carve out time to keep this updated, so you can know about how life on the farm is going. The good. The Bad. The Ugly. The Cute. ;)