Fly Elimination Craze

Michelle RobertsLife On The Farm

It’s August, and here on the farm, that means fly season – my least favorite time of the year.  I’m one of those who can’t stand them buzzing around my food and crawling all over the walls and windows of my home.  I’ve gone to great lengths to eliminate them from my life – thankfully with some success. When you have lots of animals yourself and live next to over 100 cows, flies are a part of your summer. Controlling them is definitely a goal. Late summer meals out on the deck can easily be ruined when uninvited flies attend in … Read More

Pullet Chickens

Roberts RanchLife On The Farm

Rhode Island Red Pullets

Have you ever wanted to have fresh eggs from your own backyard chickens?  Consider purchasing pullets that are at least 2 months old.  What are the advantages? Chickens that are between 28 and 63 days old do not need supplemental heat. They have their adult feathers and have made it through the precarious first few weeks of life when many chicks die. They are ready to live out in the coop right away.  Another real advantage to buying juvenile birds is they will start laying sooner!! It is also a good idea to buy chickens that have  been innoculated against … Read More

Fermented Drinks

Roberts RanchFood Preservation, Healthy Lifestyles, Life On The Farm

Kefir Drink

Most of these recipes come from either Sally Fallon and her book Nourishing Traditions or from Sandor Katz and his book The Art of Fermentation.   To begin with, you need a set of tools for proper fermentation. Invest in some air lock lids or create some yourself. Mason jars will do for most fermentation processes. I bought my airlocks from a brewery, then drilled a hole in the top of some canning jar lids. I also drilled a hole in the top of a 5 gallon bucket. I bought some washers that would fit the hole then pushed the air … Read More

Cats Are a Must Have on the Farm

Michelle RobertsLife On The Farm

Siamese Cat

Isn’t he a beauty! Cats are always an important part of the landscape on the farm. They have an important job to do. Without them we would be overrun with mice and grasshoppers. The nice thing about cats is their independent natures. They manage by themselves, want attention in their own time and their own way, and really just hang out most of the time. On our little farm, it has been an educational experience to watch the cat population eb and flow. This past year we had our 4th litter of kittens born on the farm, some from stray … Read More

Close Call For The Mother Of Nine Pups

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Here is an update on Lollydots and her nine pups. Everything was going well as long as we had them inside. Living on a mini ranch, we don’t feel the need to chain or cage our dogs. So, Lollydots pretty much has the run of the place. When I moved them out, I really hadn’t thought through what might happen if Lolldots somehow got hurt . The somehow happened. We didn’t know when or how, but she is just a little over a year old herself and loves to run and play whenever she can. With nine pups, she has … Read More

How to Kill a Chicken

Roberts RanchLife On The Farm, Self Reliant Living

chicken killing

My mother was raised on a farm and spent her young life cleaning hundreds of eggs every day after school. Like most of us, she didn’t pay too much attention to the other things that pertain to life on the farm, unless of course, she was assigned to participate in it.  When I asked her how I was supposed to kill a chicken, she remembered her Dad bringing a chicken to her mother in the kitchen after he had cut it’s head off.  Her mother would skin it, gut it, and prepare it for dinner in about 20 minutes.  It … Read More