As the colder weather starts to set in, I thought it would be a good time to talk about how we prepare our homestead for the coming winter.
As always happens you have the beautiful part of the Fall, and then you have the part you have to clean up. That is where we are now. So here is what we got done this weekend.
I have been wanting to try these for a while, and man these were great.
We start with a rainy day but the truth is we have a lot to be grateful for, and I spend some time talking about what I believe is the most essential part of life.
We have been doing this for a while now, and while we are far from experts, I think we have learned a few things along the way that I think were important to share.
For a while now we have been working on finding a boar (male pig) that we could mate with our current female. I have gone back and forth about trying to find a boar to mate with her, or just trying to find a new breeding pair. Trying to find a breeding pair is difficult not to mention expensive but that way, you might end up with the “best combination” The other option was trying to find a boar who was close enough in breed that it could mate with her without difficulty.
I had hoped that if we found a more mature boar to mate with her, we could put them together right away and start the process, but it didn’t work out that way. Instead, we got two piglets, one intact boar and one female that we can either use as a second sow or just butcher. This does mean that we are going to have to wait a bit longer, but I think the mix we currently have with the new piglets (once they are mature) will work out great.
Nothing around here happens without a level of chaos, and this was no exception. I hope you enjoy the tale of two piglets
I know it has been a while since I posted an update or a video here. Things have been a little crazy, but I will try to do better.
Today, the pigs that we got last spring have completed their journey from farm to table, and we take one more step toward self-sufficiency.
Last night we went out to our woods and worked on the “secret project” despite still getting over the cold our household has been suffering from. Was it the best idea, maybe not, but it felt good to get outside.
Just as a side note, still not a lumber jack, but much better at chopping down trees than I was in that first video
There are those things on the homestead, that you really need extra hands, and kids are very often good at being those extra hands. But there are times when their help is not as helpful as it could be.
As our pumpkins from Halloween have aged we have been trying to find creative ways to get them to the animals.