Want Some Kick BuTT socks?

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Remember these beauties that I got for my Hubby’s birthday? Now maybe you don’t want a pair of socks with your spouses bright Sunshine-y face on them but everyone has a pet that they want to commemorate via foot ware.

If you want to put your favorite pet on your feet check out PupSocks!!!

And PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE if you decide to check them out and order a pair consider using my affiliate link HERE

Giving CDT Vaccines for the First Time

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Come with me and watch me vaccinate my girls with CDT for the first time.  The C and D stand for Clostridium perfringens type C + D, which is an over eating disease and the T is for Tetanus.  Nothing that you want your goats to have to deal with so here at The Broody Bantam we chose to vaccinate against it.

Now this is my first time giving anyone other than myself a shot (pesky blood clots during pregnancy) so I was a little nervous.  Watch here to see how I do.

Oh no! Will I be Able to Save It?

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Oh no! One of the duck eggs that my broody hen has been sitting on has cracked.

This is problematic because if bacteria gets into the cracks it bugs the developing duckling in danger.  I’ve heard that there is a method to saving these eggs.

First I candled it to make sure the duckling was still alive and…IT IS!

Now its time to melt the candle wax onto the egg.  It would be a great time for me to have regular candles, but all I have left are this TRICK birthday candles so I guess the joke is on me.

Once the wax was dry I said a quick prayer and put it back with the hen. She tucked it safely under her and now we wait!

What Will the Neighbors Think?

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Can you really have a homestead in your backyard and not have your neighbors egg your house with the farm fresh organic eggs that you gifted them just the day before?

Yes you can and if you make it all the way through this article I’ll tell you how, and point you in the direction of someone who has been doing it much longer than I have.

Now I’ve never been one to wonder “What will the neighbors say” about how daft I must look sometimes.  That doesn’t mean I don’t care about their feelings.  I do ALWAYS try to be conscientious and considerate, but what I’m saying here is that I don’t mind if they think I’m a little “quirky” (over my 29 years I have found that “quirky” more often than not means strange/unfortunate when it’s spoken in that “bless your heart” tone of voice).

But it’s not just the animals that would make me appear “quirky” oh no, I was quirky before the animals.  Let’s not forget who (in our old HOA neighborhood) went to the bus stop in a pink unicorn onesie while riding their kids scooter down the side walk.  But surely since moving to a new area and starting up a micro farm in my backyard someone thinks I’m certifiable…right?

Actually not so much.  First of all we stumbled across some of the most incredible neighbors.  I’m talking helping  wrangle chickens in our PJs in 15 degree weather (while laughing) and assisting in goat delivery awesome.  So that’s been a blessing.  What I’m  finding is that people like farm animals.  There are a lot of people who enjoy the idea of the simple farm life and farm animals, but don’t want to tackle all of the work on their own.  They like watching as it unfolds in the safety of YOUR  yard and benefiting from your efforts–and you’ll definitely want to share you bounty with your neighbors.  Happy neighbors mean smooth sailing on the “urban homestead”.

Here are some tips that I have learned over the months of homesteading in my backyard and making sure that everyone is safe, happy, and healthy:

  • Don’t get anything nosier than a DOG.  Everyone is comfortable with dogs everyone understands that they will hear dogs barking so use that as your noise barometer.  In our experience goats are okay, chickens and ducks.  I wouldn’t recommend a rooster, goose, cow or donkey if you have neighbors very close.
  • Say no to SMELLS.  In the spring and summer everyone loves to go outside, but if your neighbors can’t grill out in their backyard because the stench overwhelms them the next thing that they’ll be roasting on their grill is your goat.
  • Keep things clean.  If your backyard looks like a junkyard your neighbors will have reason to complain and that’s NOT good for you.  Make sure your animal pens are kept up and that you don’t store tons of junk where it’s visible.
  • Fencing!  If your neighbor really seems bothered by the site of your homestead or if you just want to be preventative get a privacy fence.  What they can’t see can’t hurt them.
  • Bribe them!  Everyone loves fresh healthy food.  If someone lives next to you and puts up with your farm shenanigans reward their patience.  Give them eggs, milk, fruits, veggies, anything you produce, give them a little something for their troubles (so to speak).

But don’t just take my word for it…

I follow DaNelle at Weed ‘Em and Reap and she has been a wealth of knowledge on my backyard homestead journey.  Her set up is very similar to what we have going on here.  Neighbors on both side, chickens, ducks, goats, and gardens.  I highly suggest checking out this post of DaNelle’s about dealing with HOAs while trying to create your backyard homestead.

With enough effort and consideration for your neighbors you too can have a backyard homestead.

Happy Flocking

We’re in LockDown

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Update on the fertile eggs! It’s day 19 so our second day in lock down mode. I’ll be honest I’m pretty nervous about our hatch rate. I believe 2 of the 10 eggs are “duds” because they lit up like lightbulbs when I candled them and nothing was inside. There were some (of the few that I could see into) that had great veining and I’m hoping that they will hatch. And then there were he eggs, like the Olive Eggers that have both blue and brown tones and are really hard to see through, Marans eggs as well, so all I could see were that the eggs didn’t glow except a small bit (air sack I’m assuming) and sometimes veins.

I’m a first timer so I don’t have a lot of hope that I did this right, but I have faith something will hatch.

Wish us luck. Friday hatching should start!