Homestead Livestock

One of the main purposes in moving to the mountains was to become more sustainable.  So far in an effort to reach that goal we have purchased a bit of livestock and added a large (at least by my standards, if no the local farmer’s) garden.

This is Abraham the Barred Rock Rooster and he rules the roost here…at least as far as the chickens are concerned.

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Our feathered children is this pair of Saddleback Geese – a rare breed that originates from Germany.  Meet George and Martha…

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The garden is about 40×40 and currently we have tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, peas, cucumbers, carrots and turnips growing.  In the next day or two I will be adding watermelon and cantaloupes to the bales of straw.

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The kitties came with us to keep rodents at bay.  So far they have dutifully removed shrews from the hill behind the house.  Not bad…now if we could get them to eradicate the snakes.

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We have to pet/show bantam chickens.

This is Jack and as a bantam he is about 1/3 the size of a normal rooster.  I love the detail in these birds.  You cannot see it very well in this image, but they have feathered feet.  Every morning he crows just like the big boys.  He puts so much heart into it and his voice is strained as he attempts to compete with Abraham and the neighboring roosters.  My first thought after every cockle-doodle-doo, is Ricola!

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And here he is with his mate, Jackie.

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While Jack and Jackie (yes, they are named for the former president and first lady) are show poultry, these are the work horses.  Our small flock of pullet heritage breed chickens includes Barred Rocks, Buff Orpingtons, and Cuckoo Marans.  They should begin laying soon.

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And while all the birds forage in the yard the lab pouts on the porch, where he has been told to stay.  He does obey very well…but the whole world knows that he is very depressed at his post.

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This is the homestead so far.  In the coming weeks our mini horses will be arriving and the kids are joining the 4-H in an effort to start sharing and showing their farm critters.

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