Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Homeschool Composer & Music Study Charlotte Mason Style- Beethoven

For our Term 1 Composer this year, we're studying the great Ludwig Van Beethoven.  I decided that as my children are older now, it would be easier for me to blog my plans and then they can go online here and take advantage of the links below to complete their assignments.  The added benefit, of course, is being able to share it with my readers as well. 

Click here for free resources and plans.

~ Tiffany at The Egg Basket

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Coccidiosis- An Unfortunate but Common Poultry Problem

I often get questions from readers about health related issues involving their flocks.  It's so important to me to share our struggles as well as our triumphs in hopes it will help others as they work at raising their own birds and farming their homestead. 

This season, I have had an overwhelming amount of questions about Coccidiosis, cocci as it's commonly called.  I also spoke with our state veterinarian and several trusted breeder friends who agreed that this was the worst season in years of cocci outbreaks.  There have been rampant strains, likely due to the wet winter and hot, humid summer.  I wrote this blog post to provide a one-stop shop of information that breaks it down to the basics of what it is, how to do your best to avoid an outbreak, and treatment.  It is likely that all chicken keepers, breeders, hobbyists who do this for long enough, will eventually deal with a bout of cocci.  It's always best to be prepared.  Read more here at The Egg Basket to learn about this common flock problem and how to prevent and treat it.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Introducing Our New Longtail Breeds Part 1- Red Shoulder Yokohamas

For Christmas and my birthday this year, Chuck surprised me with the last thing I expected him to purchase on his own, new chicken breeds!  Not just new breeds but an entirely new class of chickens with much project potential!  He talked to the breeders about coop and run requirements and ensured I was all set with those too.  Spoiled?  You betcha'!  Please welcome our newest chickens, our new longtail breeders!  The first of our new long tail breeds is the Red Shoulder Yokohamas.   Stop by to learn more about these amazing chickens!
~ Tiffany at The Egg Basket

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Small Livestock Swaps- ProtectingYourself & Your Flock and Herd

There's been much debate lately on forums and facebook groups about purchasing new farm animals and adding to one's herds and flocks.  Some call it "chicken math",  if you have chickens or goats or rabbits, the general consensus is, eventually you WILL get more. The main question has been, where do you get more?  There's been a lot of misleading information that local swaps are not managed well and only serve to provide ill animals.  In our experience, this is certainly not the case.  Head on over to The Egg Basket to gather some advice on buying local and buying healthy.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Abundance Farms' First Garden

I have finally started my first garden ever! Join me on a journey through seeds, weeds, and buds! Also learn why I have concluded that tomatillos are an evil plant. [Read More Here--->]

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Making plans and more work to do.

The time has come and gone - our pigs have been sent to slaughter.  It reduced the feed chores around here, but has left me a new project list.  Check out more about our upcoming plans over at Milking Chickens: Making plans and more work to do...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Pig Lessons

We added our first pigs to the farm in January, and I'm learning more from them everyday.  Last Thursday was our wildest day with them yet. 

Check out Milking Chickens: Lessons from Last Night for more...

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Grow Your Own Fodder

Looking for a healthy way to feed your animals and maybe even save a little money?  Consider sprouting your own seeds for fodder.  Not only is it healthy, but giving your animals a bit of green in the winter is a special treat!  Learn more at the Backyard Farming Connection.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Meet our friend Bobby

Last week we ran a contest over at Farm Chit Chat and wanted to feature one of our fans in a post.  Our friend Bobby from Nebraska won that contest and I think you will enjoy reading her story.  It is short, but shows a fighter’s spirit.  I could relate to some of that story…..starting over, selling animals and moving in with mom.   But Bobby says she believes in paying it forward and helping others who are facing difficult times.  I love that!  Thank you for sharing your story with us Bobby, I think our readers will enjoy it!

Read all about Bobby here

 Happy Homesteading!

Sounds Around the Homestead: Guinea Fowl

So, you are thinking about adding guinea fowl to your farm or homestead. These beautiful birds are wonderful creatures. They give the loveliest speckled eggs, they have some of nature's most interesting feathers and design. They will preen and clean your chickens and other backyard fowl of parasites, like ticks. But, are you prepared for how loud these little "protectors" of your flock can be? Come over to Lally Broch Farm  to see what you might expect from these fascinating birds.

~Sonja ♥

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Enter An Awesome Giveaway!

Enter for a Chance to Win Great Homesteading Prizes!

This week on The HomeAcre Hop you will have a chance to win:

The BackYard Orchardist
Raising Milk Goats Successfully
A One Year Subscription to Hobby Farm Home!

There are many options for entering for your chance to win! 
So stop by and put your name in the hat before the giveaway ends on Thursday, January 30th at 5am!
The giveaway love continues for a whole month...
Starting January 30th there will be another round of giveaway items!
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Planning Your Homestead: The Homestead Garden

It's time to plan your garden for the coming year.  Whether you are new to homesteading, or have been gardening for years, join the discussion as we talk about how to plan and implement your homesteading dreams.  Stop over at The Backyard Farming Connection to learn more.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Coffee Creamer Snow Cream

Although we didn't get quite as much snow as the weatherman predicted (do we ever?), it snowed enough to cover our boots and the temperatures are low enough to make daily chores frigid! 
To treat the kids (and myself) I made some Snow Cream with my favorite coffee creamer.  Join me here for the recipe!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Guinea Fowl

It's been about 4 months since we obtained our family's guinea fowl from a neighboring homestead. How are they faring in the cold, Maine winter? What plans to we have for their future? Come on over for a visit to Lally Broch Farm and we'll tell you all about it.

Sonja ♥
Lally Broch Farm

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Here's to the Dreamers

Are you a Dreamer?  Do you look at the world and see obstacles or opportunities?  I see opportunities and lots of love!  Lots, and lots of love <3

Read more here....

Happy Homesteading!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Top 5 Reasons for Nigeran Dwarf Goats

Nigerian Dwarf goats are becoming very popular for the homestead, find out why they're so great here


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Our Pig Had Pigs

It is an exciting time on the farm! We have our first piglets! Nine of them, to be exact. Bacon, our Hampshire cross girl, was visited by a “travelling man” and now has some very uniquely colored babies to show for it! Check them out --->

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Turn Over a New Leaf Giveaway!

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One lucky winner will receive a 6 month Seeds of the Month membership and a 4 Pack of Soil Amendments from Mary's Heirloom Seeds!

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