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Forum: Your Homestead 11-12-2018, 08:47 PM
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Posted By KarenBC
Argh Panhandlers

Went to town today, not exactly my favourite thing to do at the best of times. Not sure what was up, but we got hit up by panhandlers in different parts of town. The last one threatened to break my...
Forum: Your Homestead 12-27-2017, 04:39 PM
Replies: 317
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Posted By KarenBC
Bears

Yup, that's the only thing Tim fears too....as in " don't poke the bear when she's napping!" - you won't like the result.

It was a bad year here for real bears - lots of them in the area. I think...
Forum: Your Homestead 11-19-2017, 10:15 PM
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Posted By KarenBC
Pickiness

Oh dear - that would drive me bonkers!
Forum: Your Homestead 11-18-2017, 01:45 AM
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Posted By KarenBC
Fudgy Oatmeal Brownies (or Muffins)

Late this evening I had the yen to bake...so went back to one of my standards. This time I did them up as muffins, but originally the recipe was to be baked in a pan.
They freeze super well - if you...
Forum: Your Homestead 11-13-2017, 02:47 AM
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Posted By KarenBC
Banty Setters

That's what I'm hoping to do CountryMom - have the bantys hatch out some of the bigger eggs.
These girls are so friendly, I was able to pet them this evening when they were up on the roost.

My...
Forum: Your Homestead 11-11-2017, 08:09 PM
Replies: 317
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Posted By KarenBC
Added 5 more birds to the dchicken flock

These are 5 month old banty/silkie with a few other things mixed in to make a real barnyard mix.
Hopefully they'll be good setters.
Forum: Your Homestead 10-29-2017, 10:43 PM
Replies: 317
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Posted By KarenBC
Pressure Canner

I let it come right down off pressure, opened it up to see, and the water level was still good. Buckled everything back up and redid the process (correctly). All the jars sealed up.
When I caught...
Forum: Your Homestead 10-28-2017, 07:13 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Question 1st Real Screw Up Pressure Canning

I am a really experienced pressure canner, but my mistake today just goes to show, don't get complacent. I had one of the small All American canners on the go with 4 quarts of rabbit broth.
Thought...
Forum: Your Homestead 10-28-2017, 07:08 PM
Replies: 317
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Posted By KarenBC
Visits

Hey Don thanks for the nice words. If you & yours are ever coming through PG definitely give us a holler, we'd love to show you are hoestead and have a coffee at the Tim Hortons that my Tim & I met...
Forum: Your Homestead 10-25-2017, 11:31 PM
Replies: 317
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Posted By KarenBC
Rabbit Culling

Thanks everyone for your kind words about Tim & I's story.One of the great things is having a partner to help out with all the day to day activities of this type of lifestyle.

Yesterday we culled...
Forum: Your Homestead 10-24-2017, 02:39 AM
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Posted By KarenBC
Photoshoot

That we did Doc!
Forum: Your Homestead 10-24-2017, 12:16 AM
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Posted By KarenBC
Old-timey pic

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v96/KarenBC/Tim%20Karen%20OldTimey_zpsgqplioyr.jpg
Forum: Your Homestead 10-24-2017, 12:14 AM
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Posted By KarenBC
Part 2

And back to Karen on the keyboard...I think Tim might have picked up a bit of a Canadian accent at the end there. One line of Canadianism that he uses frequently is in the drive-thru at the Tim’s...
Forum: Your Homestead 10-24-2017, 12:13 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Smile Finding Love Through Backwoodshome Magazine

We were not "looking for love" that was* the last thing on our minds, but it's certainly what happened and it is all thanks to Backwoodshome magazine! Here is our story of finding each other – thanks...
Forum: Your Homestead 10-23-2017, 11:03 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Update for Chaarlotte

Things have been busy, getting ready for winter. Most of the yard pickup is done.
Lots of firewood in, for this year and n ext.
Garden harvested. The potatoes and onions did really well. First...
Forum: Your Homestead 08-01-2017, 08:56 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
I'm still here!

I've been keeping a bit of a low profile the last year or so. Just submitted an article on what's been going on - so if BWH accepts it for the last print issue that will be great.

Garden is...
Forum: Your Homestead 03-21-2017, 10:58 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Wood Rafter Place has fiered up

Which means the firewood boxes they put out for people to help themselves are filling up!
All spring & summer I carry cardboard banana boxes with me, so I can check the rafter place on the way home...
Forum: Your Homestead 11-23-2016, 11:27 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Purple Haired Hair Dressers

This week I needed to have my locks shorn...so in I went to my regular discount hair salon, expecting the gal who has been cutting my hair for the past year would be there....nope. She not only left...
Forum: Your Homestead 11-14-2016, 10:58 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Woodstove Chimney Replacement

This weekend was one of those dirty jobs - replacing the chimney pipe on the wood cook stove. It's been up since 1990, so didn't owe anything.

Recently had the chimney cleaned by a young...
Forum: Your Homestead 07-29-2016, 06:25 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Apple Season

Or at least the start of it. I've picked one tree in town - about 150 lbs.
Only bringing in one tub of apples at a time into the kitchen to process. Trying to keep the fruit flies to a minimum this...
Forum: Your Homestead 03-26-2016, 04:02 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Jars for Solar Lights

They are quart size jars, with the narrow mouth. I put the beach glass in the jars to weigh them down.

The light seems to last most of the night, getting dimmer as the hours go by. It depends how...
Forum: Your Homestead 03-23-2016, 06:30 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Solar Path Lights = Night Lights

Last week I found a 6 pack of solar lights at Costco (sorry you thought 6 pack of beer didn't you?) .

These are quite nice quality, with glass instead of plastic and are LED.

We've been having...
Forum: Your Homestead 04-11-2015, 03:24 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
This afternoon I noticed the pup (now 6 months)...

This afternoon I noticed the pup (now 6 months) "had something" out in the yard, asked my son to check on the situation as I was on the phone. Son comes back in and says "she has a bone". Do I notice...
Forum: Your Homestead 04-05-2015, 05:04 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Butcher Paper Cutting Box

Found this box at a garage sale on the weekend. $10 for the box, along with several rolls of butcher paper, butcher twine and rolls of plastic bags from a grocery store. Thought that wasn't a bad...
Forum: Your Homestead 12-02-2014, 11:50 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
The donkey's barn actually does have a sand floor...

The donkey's barn actually does have a sand floor - not because I've made it that way - it's just what our soil is here. This morning he didn't have any ice build up, and he only let me pick up one...
Forum: Your Homestead 12-02-2014, 11:21 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
I'm the recording secretary for our local...

I'm the recording secretary for our local volunteer fire fighter's society. We raise funds and help out with events for the fire fighters. Last night we were half an hour into a meeting at the fire...
Forum: Your Homestead 12-01-2014, 07:10 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Thanks Countrymom- I'll give that a try.

Thanks Countrymom- I'll give that a try.
Forum: Your Homestead 12-01-2014, 04:02 PM
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Posted By KarenBC
Snow Buildup on Donkey Feet

So horsey folks - I need advice! I have a situation I haven't encountered before with my miniature donkey Sam. I went out to do chores last evening and he had snow packed onto the bottoms of his...
Forum: Your Homestead 11-20-2014, 12:24 PM
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Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
New Pup

After Bella, I've been hesitating about getting another dog, but we do need a big dog on the farm. Coyotes have been starting to move in. And I seen a black wolf about 5 miles down the road last...
Forum: Your Homestead 09-22-2014, 06:18 AM
Replies: 317
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Posted By KarenBC
1am Waiting for the Pressure Canner to cool

I know better than to start a batch in the pressure canner late in the evening...but I had a burst of energy about 9pm...so put up 2 batches of potatoes in quart jars. Just waiting for the last one...
Forum: Your Homestead 09-08-2014, 01:33 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
The young fellow did come and take Bella - and...

The young fellow did come and take Bella - and just adored her. She's a lucky dog to have found such a good home.

Right now I just have my little white wiener dog cross. Keeping an eye open for...
Forum: Your Homestead 09-08-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Apples are my life?

End of summer for me - frost is expected this evening. And it's also my last day of vacation, I've been off since August 22nd. The last 3 weeks APPLES have been my life. I've picked 1475 lbs. so far....
Forum: Your Homestead 07-31-2014, 12:33 PM
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Posted By KarenBC
Garden is the pits Annie - and it's all my fault!...

Garden is the pits Annie - and it's all my fault! Only thing doing well is potatoes!

The plants in the laundry tubs are doing better - yellow beans & swiss chard.
I'm going to cover over the...
Forum: Your Homestead 07-31-2014, 02:51 AM
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Posted By KarenBC
Looks like Bella has a new home, with a very...

Looks like Bella has a new home, with a very active young fellow who mountain bikes & hikes. He hopes to be here in the next few days to pick her up.

The project this week has been to build a new...
Forum: Your Homestead 07-24-2014, 04:09 AM
Replies: 317
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Posted By KarenBC
Thanks Annie & Kachad, I've been running an ad to...

Thanks Annie & Kachad, I've been running an ad to find Bella a new home, have had a couple of responses, one looks promising.

The day after she killed most of the flock, there were still 2 or 3...
Forum: Your Homestead 07-17-2014, 03:13 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Yep it is a Leprechaun, complete with pot of...

Yep it is a Leprechaun, complete with pot of gold.

Today has not been a good day on the farm. Bella, the dog that is 2 weeks ago from being a year old, got into the chicken yard today and...
Forum: Your Homestead 07-16-2014, 02:11 AM
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Posted By KarenBC
Rooster Shenanigans

So my neighbours that decorate my driveway rooster have been at it again:


http://i.imgur.com/OWFxAVdl.jpg

It's really hot here - or at least hot for this neck of the woods. We've been...
Forum: Your Homestead 07-01-2014, 01:27 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Adding peek hole to barn door

It always sort of bothered me to have to open the door to see what the donkey & llama were up to in their shelter section of the barn. Yesterday the idea came to me that it would be simple to cut out...
Forum: Your Homestead 06-30-2014, 02:20 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Rabbits, Painting & Hay Planning

At the end of the day when pretty much everything aches: knees, hands and back, you know you've put in a "good" day's work!

Funny how what a person thinks they've got planned for the day can...
Forum: Your Homestead 06-16-2014, 01:27 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Spuds are planted

have 400 "hills" in...well not technically hills. I used really big tarps and cut holes in them to plant the potatoes in. Gathered up lots of rocks to hold the tarps down. I had just enough seed...
Forum: Your Homestead 06-02-2014, 12:50 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
I'm going to be using regular salt in the next...

I'm going to be using regular salt in the next test batch of weed killer. I was able to pick up a 2 gallon sprayer at a garage sale yesterday - hoping that is easier on the hands than a little spay...
Forum: Your Homestead 05-30-2014, 02:50 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Lavender Orpington Chickens

Much as I've liked the Welsumer chickens, they haven't proven to be good winter layers for me. They went on strike when the cold weather hit. Once spring arrived they started laying again, but I'm...
Forum: Your Homestead 05-29-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Thanks ciderman. I have a couple of boxes of...

Thanks ciderman. I have a couple of boxes of table salt that have gone rock hard - this will be a good use for them.
I can see that boiling vinegar indoors would be a good nasal cleansing exercise...
Forum: Your Homestead 05-29-2014, 01:56 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Thumbs up Weed Killer - Vinegar, Salt & Dawn

Anyone else see the weed killer recipe being passed about on Facebook, containing Vinegar, Epsom Salt and Dawn dish soap...being the doubtful soul that I am I googled it. And all the expert...
Forum: Your Homestead 05-18-2014, 01:38 AM
Replies: 317
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Posted By KarenBC
Grandma turned 98 in March, and time is taking...

Grandma turned 98 in March, and time is taking it's toll. She doesn't bake bread anymore, I think she is still doing pies though, but not on her own. She needs a hand with the lifting, and turning on...
Forum: Your Homestead 05-17-2014, 11:20 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Thanks countryjo. Sometimes it doesn't feel like...

Thanks countryjo. Sometimes it doesn't feel like I'm getting near enough done when I look at the projects and maintenance that needs to be done!

Scrambling now to get the garden and greenhouse...
Forum: Your Homestead 05-16-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Fixing the Gate

I was concerned that my new young dog would go through or under the gate to get at the birds. During the winter she went on the snow over a fence and killed one of the Buff geese. I had plastic...
Forum: Your Homestead 05-15-2014, 02:48 AM
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Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Welsummer Chickens

This is Cornelius and his 3 ladies - they are Welsummers. The rooster on the Cornflakes box is a Welsummer (or Welsumer).

Really calm disposition, even the rooster. He has big spurs but has never...
Forum: Your Homestead 05-15-2014, 02:34 AM
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Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
American Buff Geese

American Buff geese - Jack & Jill.

That's Jill with her beak in the water, she has a "top knot". This is her first year laying. Her nest box is a big plastic dog kennel with the door removed...
Forum: Your Homestead 05-13-2014, 01:34 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Pics

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v96/KarenBC/BellaMay3Kong2_zpse56348fc.jpg
Bella - at 10 months. She (& I) are in "lessons" with a trainer. First week's homework - find 3 fun things for Bella to...
Forum: Your Homestead 05-13-2014, 03:01 AM
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Posted By KarenBC
Barn Cleaning

Spent the last 2 days cleaning barns. Got the chicken/goose barn done first, and spread all of that in the goose pasture. Hoping for a good rain to drive all that fertilizer into the ground.

My...
Forum: Your Homestead 05-10-2014, 12:11 AM
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Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Soup Canning Day

Canned up 30 pints of smoked rabbit soup today. I'd smoked it earlier in the week. The most time was taken up getting the meat off the bones. I heat the meat bits up in a big pot with water, onions,...
Forum: Your Homestead 05-05-2014, 01:13 AM
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Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Butcher Day

It was rabbit butchering day - I've been putting it off for much to long. Did 16 rabbits total today. I do the "wet work" on the first day, let them sit overnight in cold water and then do the...
Forum: Your Homestead 05-01-2014, 12:48 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
"New" Tractor

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v96/KarenBC/photo4_zpsc8043c5d.jpg

We've been looking for a tractor for a couple of years now - and we found one!
It's a 966 International, about 94HP, diesel,...
Forum: Your Homestead 03-18-2014, 02:47 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Ice grippers for chore boots

Today I had to put a pair of those ice cleat/grippers on my chore boots. The wind polished the yard all night. It was just warm enough to melt the top layer and then cold enough to freeze - with the...
Forum: Your Homestead 03-17-2014, 01:20 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Cabin Fever

Okay I'm officially tired of winter. It's above freezing most of the time now - and the snow is slowly melting, but there's still a heck of a lot of it in the yard. 3' or more to go. The driveway...
Forum: Your Homestead 01-27-2014, 04:39 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Hey kg & anna, thanks for the kind words! I...

Hey kg & anna, thanks for the kind words!

I think the bread bucket article is available on the BWH website, haven't checked if the 1st article is.

The tarp was an old one that was getting...
Forum: Your Homestead 01-26-2014, 09:30 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
2014 1st Update

Wow - I've gone from late summer 2013 to January 2014 with no updates. So there are a few happenings to catch up on.

One of the happenings that I'm most proud of - I'm now a published writer with...
Forum: Your Homestead 08-15-2013, 02:34 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
I’ve been on 3 weeks vacation Annie, or my...

I’ve been on 3 weeks vacation Annie, or my version of vacation – going full out on the farm projects.

I’m on a mission to get all of the “human” sized doors painted fire-engine red. The big doors...
Forum: Your Homestead 07-22-2013, 06:12 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Sammy and my little bee incident

So the trouble my crazy friend got me into awhile back? I now own a miniature donkey - Sammy is a 5 year old jack. He's been well handled in the past, which is sure making it easier for me to work...
Forum: Your Homestead 06-22-2013, 11:54 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
I've wondered what llama tastes like too. There...

I've wondered what llama tastes like too. There is a farmer's market a couple of hours south of here that sells llama sausage. Momma llama is being a real "B" these last few days. She's spitting at...
Forum: Your Homestead 06-17-2013, 04:22 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Llama Feet Trimming

Well that was an interesting process! The llama farriers came this morning, family of 3, they make a circuit through BC and Alberta in April and again in June. They shear, do feet and give worming...
Forum: Your Homestead 06-16-2013, 06:00 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Llama halter success!

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5/hartbooks/SnowyHalter_June16_zpsfc1d7f39.jpg (http://s44.photobucket.com/user/hartbooks/media/SnowyHalter_June16_zpsfc1d7f39.jpg.html)

A pal came and helped -...
Forum: Your Homestead 06-16-2013, 11:22 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Normally over a year the momma & baby stay...

Normally over a year the momma & baby stay together. This baby is weaned, but they are real pack animals and pine if one is alone. Right now it's just separation anxiety with Snowy. I'm hoping...
Forum: Your Homestead 06-16-2013, 03:13 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Reconsidering the decision to give away the...

Reconsidering the decision to give away the llamas - we've had coyotes coming in really close to the yard these last couple of nights. I suspect without the llamas I'd be losing birds.

Was able...
Forum: Your Homestead 06-12-2013, 11:33 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
I've had guinea fowl for a few years, and just...

I've had guinea fowl for a few years, and just sold them off this week. They make a LOT of noise (A WHOLE LOTTA NOISE). They did eat some caterpillars, but even they couldn't keep up with the masses...
Forum: Your Homestead 06-11-2013, 12:01 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Darn, lost the goose over the weekend. She was...

Darn, lost the goose over the weekend. She was doing so well I really thought she was going to make it. That morning she had drank quite a bit of water and nibbled on pellets, but by noon she had...
Forum: Your Homestead 06-09-2013, 12:27 PM
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Posted By KarenBC
Nobody spits upon me and gets away with it! :)...

Nobody spits upon me and gets away with it! :) I've been pondering on letting the llamas go for awhile now, well before the spitting incident. I just don't think they are really my cup of tea. There...
Forum: Your Homestead 06-08-2013, 12:05 PM
Replies: 317
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Posted By KarenBC
Nope, haven't heard yet, it will be as much of a...

Nope, haven't heard yet, it will be as much of a surprise for me :)

Have decided to give the llamas away to a pal that has several. Going to look for a steer to raise up for a couple of years.
Forum: Your Homestead 06-04-2013, 01:53 AM
Replies: 317
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Posted By KarenBC
Injured Gosling

One of my "teenage" sized goslings got it's head caught yesterday in the chain link fence, down low to the ground. I didn't realize it was in trouble for a couple of hours or more. They often sleep...
Forum: Your Homestead 05-30-2013, 11:10 AM
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Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Yes! That's exactly what I'm thinking of doing....

Yes! That's exactly what I'm thinking of doing. It DOES get cold enough here to need something like that.
Forum: Your Homestead 05-29-2013, 12:01 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
They CAN spit, mine haven't in 2 years, but I...

They CAN spit, mine haven't in 2 years, but I also haven't riled them up before. My friend describes it like asking if a dog bites. All dogs can, but most don't unless provoked. I think momma llama...
Forum: Your Homestead 05-29-2013, 11:39 AM
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Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
I'm using the llamas as "guard" protectors to...

I'm using the llamas as "guard" protectors to keep the coyotes/foxes away from the bird runs, and so far it's working. The bush surrounds this farm, so the wild things come right in close. (Seen a...
Forum: Your Homestead 05-29-2013, 01:53 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Llama Wrangling

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v96/KarenBC/Gemma_Snowy_May28_zps833e8f09.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/KarenBC/media/Gemma_Snowy_May28_zps833e8f09.jpg.html)

Doesn't this picture look...
Forum: Your Homestead 05-28-2013, 01:00 AM
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Posted By KarenBC
I've found that true with the rabbits as well...

I've found that true with the rabbits as well S2man, they can take cold, but not an ammonia build up if the building is to airtight. I don't have my rabbit barn insulated right now, and the upper...
Forum: Your Homestead 05-27-2013, 11:32 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
That's something I have to watch for in the...

That's something I have to watch for in the winter. I keep the 2 side windows open a bit, and have a "chimney" in the roof that is for moisture to vent out.
Forum: Your Homestead 05-19-2013, 02:36 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
It has a tin roof, and I wanted to put insulation...

It has a tin roof, and I wanted to put insulation & vapor barrier up to keep it warmer in the winter & cooler in summer. Plywood was cheaper than boards. It's really thin plywood.
This isn't a...
Forum: Your Homestead 05-18-2013, 01:17 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
So the momma hen outsmarted me. The little...

So the momma hen outsmarted me. The little divider door was raised up about an inch from the floor...she managed to call her babies to come underneath it. Outfoxed by something with a brain the size...
Forum: Your Homestead 05-16-2013, 05:47 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Am up to 3 goslings hatched - 2 of them seem to...

Am up to 3 goslings hatched - 2 of them seem to have splay leg. Going to have to read up and see what might be causing that. I put a piece of an asphalt roofing shingle in their pen with the gritty...
Forum: Your Homestead 05-14-2013, 03:09 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
S2man - I've also got 4 broody hens on the go, 3...

S2man - I've also got 4 broody hens on the go, 3 of them are mixed breed, and one is a Welsumer. One of the hens I stuck 4 blue slate turkey eggs under her...she ate one, but now seems intent on...
Forum: Your Homestead 05-13-2013, 12:10 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Thanks guys, I don't know which editions the...

Thanks guys, I don't know which editions the articles will be in - will be a surprise for me too. It's inspired me to keep writing. I'm looking at the everyday things I do at the farm with a...
Forum: Your Homestead 05-12-2013, 03:12 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
The duck eggs dehydrated up quite nicely. I've...

The duck eggs dehydrated up quite nicely. I've got one little jar of powdered eggs in the cold room and one in the fridge freezer. Haven't had time to try doing anything with them.

My annual work...
Forum: Your Homestead 04-11-2013, 12:52 AM
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Posted By KarenBC
Hmm...that's a neat idea, might have to fold the...

Hmm...that's a neat idea, might have to fold the edges so they are not sharp.
Forum: Your Homestead 04-10-2013, 01:04 AM
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Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
My son has been under the weather with a nasty...

My son has been under the weather with a nasty cold bug for a couple of days. Bad enough that I suggested he call in sick to work tomorrow - no sense passing this along to his co-workers and...
Forum: Your Homestead 04-02-2013, 12:49 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
American Buff Goslings

It was really difficult to find this breed of goose up here. I have an adult gander and have been looking for a mate for him for quite awhile. Didn't find a goose, but I was able to get these 2...
Forum: Your Homestead 03-28-2013, 01:39 AM
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Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Oh oh - must stay away from Ebay

I worked a lot more hours that usual in March...and then made the mistake of poking around on Ebay. So there went the extra $$...

Have a stainless steel steam juicer coming from Germany. I want to...
Forum: Your Homestead 03-16-2013, 09:41 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Thanks for the tip on the herb book Anna! I'll...

Thanks for the tip on the herb book Anna! I'll look for this book on the Better World Books site - I like to support that online book seller. I'm doing more & more with herbs and wild plants,...
Forum: Your Homestead 03-15-2013, 11:20 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Perhaps my guineas are having...what's the...

Perhaps my guineas are having...what's the word...immaculate conception? Because in all the years I've had them - I've never seen them, nor the geese doing the nasty.

Guinea eggs are a bit...
Forum: Your Homestead 03-06-2013, 01:24 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Been awhile since I've updated life on the...

Been awhile since I've updated life on the farmstead...still dealing with winter up here. The snow is heaped high, I'm anxious for spring but Mother Nature appears to be teaching patience, wish she'd...
Forum: Your Homestead 01-26-2013, 12:42 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Thanks Kris, I like the idea of magnets! I...

Thanks Kris, I like the idea of magnets!

I won't be able to attach under the roof, the way the house is built doesn't allow for that..but magnets...I might be able to do that (and feel dumb I...
Forum: Your Homestead 01-22-2013, 12:50 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Roof Melt Pucks

Don I don't know if these are made of urea or not. The bucket says 95% Calcium Chloride and 5% Boric Acid.

It turned colder in the 2 days since I threw the pucks around on the snow, it's well...
Forum: Your Homestead 01-20-2013, 02:40 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Yesterday I was dealing with the ice dam on the...

Yesterday I was dealing with the ice dam on the roof of house. It was to dangerous to actually get up on the roof - I was having visions of pulling a "Jackie Clay" and sliding off the roof! There was...
Forum: Your Homestead 01-09-2013, 12:22 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
11" of snow overnight

Oh man...I wasn't expecting to find almost a foot of snow when I went out to do chores this morning - but there it was. Had to dig out the doorways of all the buildings with critters. Not sure if...
Forum: Your Homestead 01-01-2013, 04:11 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Designing your roof in snow country

Learn from my error - if you are designing your own house or renovating, and live in snow country REALLY look at the roof design. The sunporch that I use as my computer room, I'm embarrassed to say...
Forum: Your Homestead 12-30-2012, 06:02 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
The vet & her assistant came out to put Rex down...

The vet & her assistant came out to put Rex down for us. Very compassionate ladies. The vet was concerned that I be prepared for last breaths and possible nerve reactions, but being farm folk I was...
Forum: Your Homestead 12-27-2012, 04:04 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
It's a rough day. My old dog Rex, has had a...

It's a rough day. My old dog Rex, has had a cancer tumor on his foot for a couple of months now. He's been very active and happy in spite of it, so I've been putting off having him put down. But the...
Forum: Your Homestead 12-26-2012, 09:14 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Canned up 4 quarts of broth from the goose. The...

Canned up 4 quarts of broth from the goose. The onion skins sure made it a dark golden colour. The pics makes it look darker and redder than they actually are. ...
Forum: Your Homestead 12-25-2012, 10:25 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
That's great Crackergirl! Did I read right, a 12...

That's great Crackergirl! Did I read right, a 12 inch barrel?! Wowza, is it heavy?

I was sort of putting off having our Christmas dinner, I was really worried that goose was going to be greasy....
Forum: Your Homestead 12-25-2012, 08:48 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Thanks Teatime - this one is a Harrington &...

Thanks Teatime - this one is a Harrington & Richardson

http://www.hr1871.com/Firearms/Shotguns/pardnerYouth.asp

It's marked Pardner SB1 - I don't know if that's the youth gun or the adult...
Forum: Your Homestead 12-25-2012, 06:04 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 99,099
Posted By KarenBC
Mid afternoon Christmas day. The stockings are...

Mid afternoon Christmas day. The stockings are emptied, the gifts are opened, good smells are wafting out of the kitchen.

Have baked a batch of Jackie Clay's spoon bread sort of buns - first time...
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