Putting Farm Animals to Work

April 17, 2017 Janelle AnimalsHomesteading

Farm animals have an important place on the homestead.  From the backyard homesteader to the full time farmer, producing your own eggs, milk and meat is a fulfilling accomplishment.  We give our farm animals fresh food and water and the best care possible.  But could our farm animals being doing more for us in return?  […]


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Getting started without permanent fencing

April 12, 2016 Janelle AnimalsFarm LifeHomesteading

When we purchased our farm in the summer of 2014, we knew we had a lot of work ahead of us.  Our farm had a lot of barns, most in disrepair.  The fencing wasn’t much better.  There was a lot of barbed wire, some of it was in good shape but most of the fence […]


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The Chicken Coop: “Coop Deville”

January 7, 2016 Janelle AnimalsFarm LifeHomesteading

When we moved to Missouri we had to leave our mobile chicken coop, “The Eggmobile” (a la Joel Salatin) behind.   Travis had designed and built that coop, but it was just too big to move from Colorado to Missouri.  We sold the chicken coop to a good friend and decided to build another coop similar […]


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Goats Gone Wild!

November 13, 2015 Janelle AnimalsFarm Life

  We have been using electric fencing to keep our Kiko goats in all spring and summer, moving them at least once a week or more often to make sure they have plenty of food to eat.  We don’t have goat proof perimeter fencing, some areas have no fencing at all.  We are working to […]


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Raising Chickens: A Kid’s Perspective

March 3, 2015 Janelle AnimalsFarm Life

As a homesteading, homeschooling family, we try to include our kids in what’s going on around the farm.  Our son has been watching all this blog stuff with great interest.  He finally asked us if he could write his own article.  So, here is the kid version of raising chickens.  It is really quite interesting […]


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Why We Love Nigerian Dwarf Goats

February 17, 2015 Janelle Animals

Goats are a fun and useful addition to your homestead. They are a lot of fun to watch and the fresh goat milk is great! There are a lot of different breeds of goats to choose from, all of which can give good milk. However one breed of goat that is consistently overlooked for milk […]


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Thanksgiving Surprise

November 30, 2014 Janelle Animals

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a great day, filled with family, food and pie.  We certainly have a lot to be thankful for. On Thanksgiving morning, I went down to the barn to do my usual morning chores.  The birds were singing and it was a beautiful morning.  As I got […]


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Sprinkles the cat

September 6, 2014 Janelle Animals

When we came out to look at the farm back in April, I mentioned to our realtor that our daughter was really wanting a cat.  He happened to have some kittens and offered to give them to us when we moved to Missouri.  Our daughter has been VERY patiently waiting for her kitties.  Unfortunately, by […]



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