Today is the 28th of September, and we have snow flurries. I don't expect much to come of it; I'm just not ready for winter to start this early. The first official day of fall was just last week, and our leaves haven't even changed colors yet. That's just life in Northern Idaho. Expect the … Continue reading Snow in September!
It was Sunday morning, we awoke wondering whether to attend the early service at church. However, the older chickens at the coop were making a ruckus. Either the skunk had breeched the refortified coop last night, or he was caught in the live trap. I slipped out the door with my camera phone in hand … Continue reading How to Relocate a Skunk (without getting sprayed much)
My frustration level has reached the outer limits. I created a post 7 paragraphs in length and accidentally backed out of it to find all is lost. Gone... So, do I attempt to recreate what was lost or surrender? Here's the short of it. This battle to relocate the skunk needs to happen. The skunk … Continue reading The Battle Begins: Skunk Relocation & Demonetized Again
About every third year we purchase baby chicks and keep them inside our home for 6 weeks. Most people wisely place them in a barn, shop, garage, mud room, etc., but for people who live off grid in snow country, it is not so simple. The 100 Watt heat lamp tends to suck the battery … Continue reading Heating a Chicken Brooder: No Electricity Required and the Coming Disaster(s)
One day I arrived home from work to a surprise inside the wood cook stove. My wife was cooking dinner on our propane stove, and left a note for me on the wood cook stove. It was a late fall day, and the chill in the air beckoned for a fire in the wood cook … Continue reading A Surprise Inside the Wood Stove
Losing your dog can be a traumatic event in Northern Idaho. If it isn't the wildlife, there is also the real possibility of a neighbor releasing a barrage of defensive fire. In this clip, I explain a moment in which we lost our dog during a snow storm, the importance of finding her, and how … Continue reading Dog Gone It!
One of my favorite animals and things to do on our homestead is to care for our chickens. I love our ladies! Chickens require little and give much in return. I still consider myself a novice when it comes to sick chickens. I have not had much success in healing a chicken once they are … Continue reading Sick Chick on the Homestead