Then there’s Laci: Yes, she’s our Rat Terrier dog but very much our first child. She loves to boss other big dogs around and is a ridiculous flirt! She’s been so busy flaunting herself we haven’t had time to schedule a photo shoot. Her recent hobby is trying to remain Alpha dog since her half-sister moved in…its quite a soap opera.
In the BarnYard…
- We now have two Jersey/Angus cross steers. This is our first time working with a dairy/beef cross and will be anxious to see the end result. The steers are part of our self-sufficient farming program. We were unable to make it through the winter without purchasing feed. Therefore, we are expanding our corn and bean plots. You can read more about our operation on the Frugal Farming page.
- Chickens: There is nothing like frying up a fresh egg…and I don’t mean grocery store fresh. Those eggs can be up to 3 weeks old. I’m talking an egg that’s less than a few days old. We currently are up to 19 chickens which yields about a dozen or so eggs a day. It is such a rewarding feeling knowing you are able to feed such high-quality food to your family. The chickens also serve two other purposes. Teaching the boys strong work ethic and 4-H projects.
- Ducks: This was my crazy idea. Growing up with a duck carving grandfather has led to a fascination with ducks. In the warm months I can sit for hours watching them play in their pool. The original plan was to purchase three ducks, one for each boy. We didn’t plan on Mack, our female, hatching eggs in the middle of winter. So we now have 6 ducks. The original three ducks are named Camo, Mack and Black beauty (BB for short). Very unfriendly. One of my summer goals was to get them tamed. I sure didn’t accomplish much on taming them but they did give me some great workouts! And, entertainment for the neighbors…hey, if any of you all have video tapes let me know so we can send them into AFV.
And…a partridge in a pear tree! Not really but watch close because things can change in a second around here. No matter what, I’m grateful for every second I have here on Earth with my Moo Crew and wouldn’t change it for anything.