• Cattle,  Fauna,  Flora,  Fruit,  Hearth,  Month in Review,  Veggies

    April in Review

    Despite COVID lockdowns in place, April has been a deceptively busy month around here! I say deceptively as it doesn’t feel like a lot has happened…until thinking back on the way things have changed for us over the past month and the adventures we’ve had in our very own backyard. The Veggie Patch A much needed fence was installed around the veggie patch to keep the chickens out, and so far its done a wonderful job! We have plans for improving it, but for now it definitely fits the bill. With the fence, we also extended the veggie patch area to make the current rows longer, as well as added…

  • Cattle,  Fauna

    Halter Training an Eight Month Old Calf

    Three days ago, we finally found our clean new rope halter in the mail. Three days ago we placed that very same halter on our calf knowing full well what it’s going to be dragged through! Our homestead has become a lot quieter and calmer since selling our “future” dairy cow (read more about why we did that here). That being said, we decided to keep her calf to grow out. Unlike his mother, Mort is a gentle soul, and doesn’t seem to have an aggressive bone in his body. After the first few days of separation had passed, he comfortably stepped in with our daily routine. Despite being a…

  • Back paddock
    Cattle,  Chooks,  Fauna,  Land,  Permaculture,  Sheep

    To Fix a Paddock – Part 1

    Our property here backs onto half an acre of land owned by the local roads jurisdiction, and has been fenced and used by Mr BirdCat’s family for the past twenty years. As long as we maintain it, and don’t plant any trees or permanent structures, we can use it. This is a fantastic benefit! Though the property we are on is an acre and a half itself, Mr BirdCat and I really only have access to a quarter of an acre. By backing onto the paddock, it extends our land to the point where we can manage our own livestock beyond chickens. Just one problem — it has sat out…

  • Cattle,  Fauna

    Life’s Too Short for Cranky Cows

    Especially ones with horns… When Mr BirdCat and I just happened to be looking for a milk cow and we saw the ad, it seemed too good to be true! A young dexter cow with a calf at foot and another on the way — all for a reasonable price! Within a couple of weeks we loaded up a trailer and started a new chapter in our homestead adventure. And what an adventure it has been! The cow we named Gala (apparently Greek for Milk), and the steer calf at foot was dubbed Mort (which may be a mistake naming him…but seemed a bit better than Mr BirdCat’s idea of…