Starting off the year cold! -10F
The folks over at Taylor-Made Homestead had the great idea of compiling a list of homestead blogs by state. What a convenient way to go about it since homesteading varies greatly by region and climate!
We are very excited that Willow Creek Farm was included in the list. Check it out by clicking here!
Our homestead is far from “the end” and so is this blog. However, the situation with our baby’s health has gone down hill and I just don’t have time to blog about our homesteading journey right now. I will be back…in a month…in a year…who knows? But I will be back. Until then…
To be continued…
We had a crazy week, most of which didn’t have anything to do with the farm, but made getting things done around here a little more time crunched.
However, we did accomplish quite a bit. The frosts keep coming, so we have finished off harvesting everything in the garden except the seed carrots, seed lettuce, and the onions. So we pulled all the beans and finished canning them. Pulled the last of the carrots and froze them. And pulled the seed beans and seed peas and hung them in the basement to dry.
The tomatoes continue to ripen in the basement at a surprising rate, so nearly every night we canned a load of tomatoes.
And we got our 2nd load of hay home and put up in the hay loft. One small load left and we will be ready for winter.
It is a great relief that we accomplished that all this week because tomorrow something VERY exciting is happening at Willow Creek Farm. I will post afterwards to share the excitement with you all.
Homesteading in the mountains means a large variety of predators to contend with. We have found that defensive measures are the best way to keep our losses to predators minimal. We build our livestock housing as sturdy as possible, bury wire around all fencing to prevent digging in, close all animals in from dusk to dawn, and we have an excellent farm guardian dog living with the livestock as well.
Despite all our defense strategies sometimes predators win. Today was one of those days. We had another aerial attack on a chicken. Earlier this year we put up a “web” of fishing line above the barnyard after losing two chickens to an aerial predator and we have gone months without problems. But today it came down through one of the larger gaps of the “web” and attacked Ginger, our only Wyandotte and my son’s “pet” chicken. The guard dog, Tundra, went after it, saving Ginger from it. There is also evidence that the dog might have injured the predator. Unfortunately, Ginger’s wounds were too extensive and we had to put her out of her suffering.
We will be keeping the chickens in their pen until we can put up some more line to tighten the “web” above the barnyard.
Not two hours later the kids saw a glimpse of something moving across the yard. They said they barely saw it before it went out of sight but it looked like a big shaggy brown dog. I instantly knew it was the bear that has been hanging around lately. He was headed towards the barnyard when the kids saw him so I headed that way with the gun. We shoot into the ground and yell to scare bears off. Between Tundra going at the bear aggressively through the fence and my noise he ran off pretty quickly.
Quite an exhausting day on the farm as far as predator protection goes. But just another day homesteading in the Rockies.