May 7th, 2014 Posted by  jackie

We finally got around to weeding the grape vines. They have a long way to go, but at least we are headed in the right direction. We always use lots of grapes. Steve makes wine to give to his friends and I make jelly. Nothing is as good as a butter biscuit with homemade grape […]

Water for the deprived

May 6th, 2014 Posted by  jackie

You would think our chickens never had water before. This past weekend we installed the automatic watering system. We have to take it down during the winter cold months. This was an extremely cold winter. Even at this late date I’m not sure the freezing temperatures are gone. We will be keeping our fingers crossed. […]

Catching Up . . . Again

July 24th, 2013 Posted by  jackie

It seems I never make time to post the going ons of the farm. I usually enter things on my facebook page, but rarely get here. I think I have been going about it the wrong way. From this point on this will be my diary. Welcome inside my head, poor you, lol. The farm […]

Busy Weekend

November 12th, 2012 Posted by  jackie

  We made several changes to the housing set up yesterday. There was a little bit of fussing as everyone tried to establish their pecking order, but overall it went well. I moved the Crooked Little Hen back into the flock. She seemed to enjoy her freedom. I moved the two brown roosters back with […]

Farm Animal Noises

November 7th, 2012 Posted by  jackie

The temperature has dropped substantially in our area of Virginia. When the sun has almost set, the air is crisp and your breath makes little wisps when you breathe out. With the time change I leave home in the mornings when it is just light enough for me not to need a flash light. When […]

Guineas can fly! Or can they?

November 6th, 2012 Posted by  jackie

Why do our feathered friends forget they can fly when danger approaches? Last night, as I approached the lots, I heard a guinea that didn’t sound like it was coming from the right direction. At first I thought the sound was carrying and I was hearing things. The guineas roost on top of the chicken […]

I didn’t do it!

August 30th, 2012 Posted by  jackie

I think Ace looks like one of those dogs on TV that they make the mouth look like it is talking. Ace will talk/bark at me with a sound that is more of a rumbling. I had just fussed at him and Abby for eating on a tree that is growing by the gate.   […]

Abby wants a kiss!!

August 29th, 2012 Posted by  jackie

Goat Hay Feeder

August 28th, 2012 Posted by  jackie

Well, I have been researching and researching for months now to determine how to build a feeder for the goats. I know there will be some waste, but I want to eliminate as much of the waste as possible.   Steve and I had trouble getting our ideas to blend together and come up with […]

Feeding the Dogs

August 27th, 2012 Posted by  jackie

Ace is now earning his keep. He stays with the goats 24/7. For several weeks this meant feeding him in an area that the goats couldn’t get to. I would take them grain or hay and let him eat while they were occupied. Ace has always had a self feeder (he has food available whenever […]