Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Quote of the Day



Don't rush the process. Allow yourself to grow at your own pace. Stop comparing your life to what other people are doing. - Unknown



Monday, March 30, 2020

What Do You Need For Pigs

You want to raise pigs but what do you need? Of course part of the answer depends on what you want them for, but the easy answer is food, water, and shelter.



Pigs have different uses on a homestead and this will determine what you need for them before you bring your pig home. The most basic needs are a safe pen with shelter to get out of the elements, clean water, and food. These are the main items that will help your pig to grow and thrive. Of course there are other things you can get for them as well, but I have found that as far as toys are concerned, don't spend a lot of money. They will take what you have available.


We had one pig that enjoyed playing with a bowling ball that we had here in the yard. We've also had luck with different sized balls that were again from around the yard. They will also climb on things that are not too high for them to get on. Ours like to get up on their shelter, so hubby has to go in and lift it back up every couple of days.  They will also need a mud hole. This is just a hole in the ground that you fill with water so they can play in it. Especially in the summer time, as this is how they will cool off as well.



For food, you will want to make sure that you get a good food. We have always used MannaPro grower food. It contains the protein they will need to grow and to thrive. Finally, just make sure they have clean water. This can be a big challenge. We have to change the water twice a day to keep it cleanish. They will climb in their water bowl if it's big enough. They will dump it over if it's not big enough.



Plus, they can eat anything out of the kitchen. Our pigs get all the leftovers from the kitchen so we have no food waste. I love having the pigs around for that reason alone, but I have to say, they can make really good pets too.

Have a great day!

Renee

Quote of the Day




Every couple needs to argue now and then. Just to prove that the relationship is strong enough to survive. - Nicholas Sparks



Sunday, March 29, 2020

Quote of the Day



Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results. - Willie Nelson



Saturday, March 28, 2020

Quote of the Day



It takes a lot of courage to push through hard times. Never give up. Good things are coming your way. - Unknown



Friday, March 27, 2020

Baking Soda for Goats

I hear all the time the same question: Do I need to give my goats baking soda and why? Well the only answer for that is yes! The baking soda adds to their diet in ways that nothing else can. It helps to keep the acid down in the stomachs of the goat, so it's sort of like an antacid in that respect. It can also help treat bloat if you have a goat that gets into the feed or something else that it shouldn't.



So how do you give the baking soda to your goats? Well that part is easy. I put in a feeder attached to their fence so that they can get it when they need it. This is called free choice feeding. My understanding is that they will only ingest what they need of it. For this reason, I put in a feeder on the fence right next to their free choice minerals.


This allows the goats to get it when they need it. There should never be a reason to force feed baking soda. Your goats will know when they need it and when they don't. Because of this, I do not recommend mixing it with their hay or their grain. If they don't need it, they won't eat it so it would just be wasting their food anyway.


This is just one more way to keep your goats happy and healthy. 

Have a great day!

Renee





Quote of the Day



Sometimes you need to burn bridges in order to stop yourself from crossing them again. - Unknown



Thursday, March 26, 2020

Quote of the Day



Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start. - Nido Qubein



Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Leather Journal

I received this leather journal for free or at a discount for my honest review. This post may contain affiliate links. This means if you make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. To see my full disclosure click here.

I love the looks of this leather journal. It's classy yet a little bit rugged too.


I think this one is going to go to hubby so that he can keep track of all his projects and check them off when he's finished them. It's small enough that it's easy to carry around with you in a pocket or in a purse. The pages in the notebook are unlined so it's perfect for any type of journaling you could possibly want to do.


Plus it looks good too! This journal is very nice and appears like it's going to work really well for hubby. He can't wait to get his hands on it from the moment I showed it to him. It comes with a pen and snaps closed. The pen has a little slot on the side as well so you won't lose it right away either. The front cover has a large pocket and two small pockets so it can also double as your wallet with a place to carry cash and cards both. I really think this journal will hold up really well for a while.


You can get yours on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B083LX3Q22.

Have a great day!

Renee

Quote of the Day



Nobody is worth stressing over. People come and go. Move on and go find yourself, the world is yours. Life goes on. - Unknown



Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Monday, March 23, 2020

What do you Need for Goat Kids?

So, you have or soon will have goat kids. What do you need? Is there special equipment for them? The easy answer is no, at least not if you have momma on the premises too. For the most part momma will take care of everything for the kids. Of course there are things that you may want to have on hand just in case you run into an issue as I did with these two sweethearts.


If you buy them at this age you will have to bottle feed them. I know that a lot of goat owners will tell you this is the only way to buy a kid. One that is or has been bottle fed. I've been told that it makes them more docile and friendly, but I have to tell you that this isn't always the case.

While bottle fed babies are more friendly and docile, dam fed, or momma fed, kids can be too. I have one right now that was totally cared for by the dam and she is probably one of the sweetest goats that I have. I usually let momma do the work. I work with the babies from day one to ensure that they are nice and friendly too.


As long as you work with the dam fed kids from the start, they can just a sweet as a bottle baby, with less work. However, this year momma came down with mastitis so we had no choice but to bottle feed these two kids. So back to the question at hand, what do you need for kids? Well my first suggestion is to have bottles on hand just in case you need them.



This will ensure you are ready to take over if the need arises. I try to keep goat milk around at all times too, for the very same reason. They do have milk replacers, but goat milk will always be best for them. However, this year, with these two I didn't have enough from last year to make it the full time they were on bottles so we did have to end up with a milk replacer for them.


They are growing fast. In the picture above they are just 6 weeks old. I usually will keep them on the bottle until around 10 weeks so we still have a few more weeks to go. I will always recommend dam feeding the kids, but there are times when that is not an option. In that case it is best to be prepared with bottles and some sort of milk replacer for the kids should anything happen.

Have a great day!

Renee

Quote of the Day



Moving on doesn't mean you forget about things, it just means you have accepted what happened and continue living. - Erza Scarlet



Sunday, March 22, 2020

Quote of the Day



Give yourself some credit for the day you made it when you thought you couldn't. - Unknown



Saturday, March 21, 2020

Quote of the Day



It's never too late to realize what you want in your life and it's never wrong to fight for it. - Drake



Friday, March 20, 2020

Greenhouse on a Budget

Staying with the  building on a budget theme for the time being, I would like to show you my green house. We have been using this all winter to keep our veggies growing so that I haven't had to buy much for vegetables lately.  I will warn you, it doesn't look like much, but it really does work.


Like I said, it doesn't look like much, but it does work. We started with a canopy frame that we had here. The canopy died long ago, but we still had all the poles for it. Hubby put that up and wrapped it chicken wire with a shade screen top last summer to start growing some of our food. It has worked really well.


When it started to get colder at night we noticed that some of the plants weren't doing as well as they could. We had a bunch of old doors and windows laying around that hubby decided to put to work. He put up the windows on the east side of the greenhouse so that we would still get the morning sun.


On the west side, he used the doors. The sun from the west here in Southern Arizona is hot. We didn't need a lot of heat so the morning sun is best here. He also put a tarp on the top to help hold in the heat from the day.


The inside is fairly roomy. You may notice this planter from one of my reviews. It sits right in the middle of the floor of the greenhouse. Most of what I have planted in has already started to come up so I am really excited about this.






All of what is growing in there for the most part, has been growing since last summer. I am hopeful to get more veggies out of them this year. So a green house is possible without spending a lot of money. Just use what you already have to get it done.

Have a great day!

Renee


Quote of the Day



Sometimes your heart needs more time to accept something that your mind already knows. - Paulo Coelho



Thursday, March 19, 2020

Quote of the Day



To live is to choose, but to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there. - Kofi Annan



Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Construction with No Budget

So what do you do when you know you need to build something but have no money in the budget to get what you need? I'll tell you what you do. You use what you have or what you can barter for. We have done both and they work. They really do.



If you have something that you don't use any more and know of someone who has what you need, talk to them about a trade. We have gotten pool fencing, pallets, and so many other things this way that it's usually our go to when we need something. We do the same thing with our neighbors all the time. My husband will get something from someone that he knows the neighbor will need and then our neighbor and my husband will work out a trade for the item. In this way, we get what we need, but the neighbor also gets something that he needs.







The other option is to use what you have. There are so many different things that can be repurposed for something else. We go this stand from my husband's work, I think he said bumpers were shipped to his shop in them. He added a little more wood and some chicken wire to it and made it a double decker brooder box for our baby chicks. He brought home another not too long ago, that we are going complete for a hay feeder for the goats too.





Like I said, there are so many different things that can be repurposed for other things that you may need, but don't have the funds for. Most of the time the hubby uses scrapes of wood to finish a pen or whatever it is that he is working on at the time. So just figure out what you need and find something that could be close with just a little modification and then make it work.

Have a great day!

Renee