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Modern Day Homesteading

Posted By Smockity Frocks On July 16, 2012 @ 6:16 am In Country Living,Uncategorized | 14 Comments


This week, I am working with iHomeschool Network [2] to bring you the “5 Days of … Summer Series”. I am presenting “5 Days of Homesteading”, so each day I will be sharing a little bit of crazy here at our little house in the woods.

When we moved from the country club to the country a couple of years ago, we had no idea how challenging, enriching, scary, sweaty, and fun the change would be.

Our goal is to be able to use the land and our animals to be as self sustaining as possible. So far we have chickens that give us eggs [3] (and meat when they stop laying), dairy goats [4] for milk, cheese [5], and yogurt, and a garden [6] that isn’t doing so well. (We are told we have too many trees.)

We have enjoyed involving all of our children in the work and the benefits of our modern day homesteading.

One thing we haven’t enjoyed though, is snakes! (shudder)

You have never heard a grown lady scream, I mean really scream, until you have heard her inside the hen house, after throwing a basket full of eggs skyward when she spots a huge snake slithering into the house, blocking her way from getting out.

This is our friend and hero, John, who is SIX FEET TALL. That gives you a good indication of the size of the devil he is holding! John dispatched the snake after I managed to run out, alerting the entire county that there was a SNAKE. IN THE HEN HOUSE. A HUGE SNAKE. HELLLLLLP!!!

You can see that the snake had been enjoying quite a few of our eggs. There are more lumps further down that are not pictured! We had noticed a sharp decline in egg production, from 15-20 each day to around 5 or 6, and this was the reason!

This was not the only snake that we have removed from the hen house, and believe me, we all step lightly each time we enter now.

Modern day homesteading is never boring, that’s for sure!

Come back the rest of the week to see my posts on:

  • Yogurt making
  • Cheese making
  • Our feed room and feeding schedule
  • Involving children in homesteading chores

Be sure to join the rest of the “5 Days Summer Series” featuring these lovely ladies!

      • 5 Days of Bonding with Your Daughter

from Sade at Sade Tagbo [7]

      • 5 Days of Homesteading

from Connie at Smockity Frocks [8]

      • 5 Days of Decluttering

from Lisa at Chaos Appreciation [9]

      • 5 Days of Homeschooling for the Busy Family

from Jenilee at Our Goodwin Journey [10]

      • 5 Days of Homeschooling Pre-K

from Lauren at Mama’s Learning Corner [11]

      • 5 Days of Homeschooling in the Military

from Aadel at These Temporary Tents [12]

      • 5 Days of Kindle in the Classroom

from Jodi at Granola Mom 4 God [13]

      • 5 Days of Return of the Routine

from Tricia at Hodge Podge [14]

      • 5 Days of Homeschooling a Special Needs Child

from LaToya at Christian Momma [15]

      • 5 Days of Crafts

from Rebecca at Mom’s Mustard Seeds [16]

      • 5 Days of Oven-Free Dinners

from Tabitha at Meet Penny [17]

      • 5 Days of Freezer Cooking

from Stacie at Motherhood on a Dime [18]

      • 5 Days of Family Games

from Christine at Fruit in Season [19]

      • 5 Days of Camping Tips

from Jenny at Planner Perfect [20]

      • 5 Days of Educational Apps

from Kim at Not Consumed [21]

      • 5 Days of Real-World Math

from Joan at Our School at Home [22]

      • 5 Days of Summer Un-School

from Jamie at Unlikely Homeschool [23]

      • 5 Days of Using Your Slow Cooker

from Sarah at Sidetracked Sarah [24]

      • 5 Days of Summer Survival

from Susann at Momma Hopper [25]

      • 5 Days of Creative Co-op Classes

from Ami at Walking by the Way [26]

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[2] iHomeschool Network: http://www.ihomeschoolnetwork.com/summer-series-five-days-of/

[3] chickens that give us eggs: http://www.smockityfrocks.com/2011/08/collecting-eggs.html

[4] dairy goats: http://wp.me/pMqqr-1MY

[5] cheese: http://www.smockityfrocks.com/2012/06/how-to-make-fresh-mozzarella.html

[6] a garden: http://www.smockityfrocks.com/2011/03/frugal-vegetable-gardening.html

[7] Sade Tagbo: http://www.sadetagbo.com

[8] Smockity Frocks: http://www.smockityfrocks.com

[9] Chaos Appreciation: http://www.chaosappreciation.com

[10] Our Goodwin Journey: http://www.ourgoodwinjourney.com

[11] Mama’s Learning Corner: http://www.mamaslearningcorner.com

[12] These Temporary Tents: http://www.thesetemporarytents.com

[13] Granola Mom 4 God: http://www.granolamom4god.com

[14] Hodge Podge: http://www.hodgepodge.me

[15] Christian Momma: http://www.Christian-Momma.com

[16] Mom’s Mustard Seeds: http://www.momsmustardseeds.com

[17] Meet Penny: http://www.meetpenny.com

[18] Motherhood on a Dime: http://www.motherhoodonadime.com

[19] Fruit in Season: http://www.fruitinseasonblog.com

[20] Planner Perfect: http://www.plannerperfect.com

[21] Not Consumed: http://www.notconsumed.com

[22] Our School at Home: http://www.ourschoolathome.com

[23] Unlikely Homeschool: http://www.theunlikelyhomeschool.com

[24] Sidetracked Sarah: http://www.sidetrackedsarah.com

[25] Momma Hopper: http://www.mommahopper.com

[26] Walking by the Way: http://www.walkingbytheway.com

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