2 Acre Homestead May 2014

Spring took a long time getting here this year! We even had a snow storm on Mother’s Day. Lots of fun things happening on our place.  Kiki put the incubator to work to get us some ducks and chickens. Unfortunately, we didn’t have very good hatching and ended up with only 2 ducks and 3 chicks.

2 Acre Homestead May 2014

We also have a hen that’s broody. She has about another week of setting and then we should see some baby chicks.

2 Acre Homestead May 2014

Our baby goats are about six weeks old. They are super cute!

2 Acre Homestead May 2014

Their names are Praline, Vanilla Bean and Freddie. Freddie was castrated last week making him a wether. We plan to keep him in our herd and have started looking for homes for another wether we have along with one of our doelings. I’d love to keep them all but that’s not possible. We’ll be having more babies over the summer. Trying to decide who to keep is a challenge. Using the wethers for food is something else we are wanting to do but it’s not something we’re ready to take on living here. When the weather permits we let the goats (does and babies, not the buck) out for a while in afternoon or early evening. They love it and it helps keep the grass down. We also use our goat tractor for specific areas we need them to “mow” down.

2 Acre Homestead May 2014

Our garden is still a long way off. We do have greens, potatoes and other basics planted. I was able to get some greens to add to a salad from something that came up as a volunteer but nothing much yet. These plants will be going out in the next few days. We have tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, cabbage and melon. The tomatoes are doing great but my cat ate some of the other stuff thinking it was a salad just for her. Silly cat.

2 Acre Homestead May 2014

What’s happening at your place? Garden? Animals? Anything new and exciting?

3 comments to 2 Acre Homestead May 2014

  • Laurie

    We bred the rabbits again. Hoping that they’re a bit smarter about caring for their babies this time. Planted tomatoes, peppers, sunflowers, kale, melons, mache and beets this week. We are rebuilding all of our raised beds with stronger materials. Hoping that more of those will be done this week so that we can plant more. I’m really wanting to get some squash and perennial herbs in.

    Looking forward to hearing about the progress on your cabin!

    • Millie

      You’ve been busy, Laurie! I love what you’re doing with your place. Are you still thinking of setting up an aquaponics system too? We don’t have a start date for the cabin yet but are certainly very excited.

  • Laurie

    Aquaponics are still in the planning stage although this spring we got the side of the house ready with grading and rock put down. We (meaning the men 😉 are also working on a rock patio/bbq area and walkways around the house. It looks great and my feet aren’t as muddy. Oh, and the compost pile is getting an upgrade, too. Yes, we’re busy!

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