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Roundup of Homesteading How-To’s

In case you decide to up and start your own modern day homestead, this is your one stop shop on “How To” do just about anything!

All Things Chicken

All Things Dairy Goat

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The Feed Room

Our garage is detached from our house and about halfway between the house and the hen house and goat pasture. That garage has a small room at the side with a separate entry, which we use as a feed room.

We store all animal care products in there, even the bedding for the hamster and rabbit. Yes, we have a hamster and a rabbit. Don’t y’all?

We keep the most frequently used items in these metal trash cans, which we labeled. (The BOSS can, on the right, holds Black Oil Sunflower Seeds.)

The scooper and feeding instructions.

For my friend, Melissa, who will be feeding and milking while we are on vacation. Melissa, you will be tested on this later…

We weigh the goats’ feed on the scale on top of the old set of drawers. The baking soda is offered to them free will to regulate their digestion.

If you want to excite a six year old, let her write on an old dresser with a Sharpie. She’ll be thrilled about it for the next week and a half.

Interesting note: When my 17 year old daughter was trying to convince my husband that we should get dairy goats, she made a spreadsheet, which included all costs pertaining to caring for the goats. She concluded, and this is what convinced my husband, that after all food, minerals, wormers, etc., we would be paying approximately $2 $3 for every gallon of goat milk!

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How To Make Raw Goat Milk Yogurt

It is very simple to make raw goat milk yogurt!

  1. Strain the fresh raw goat milk. We do this with coffee filters into sterilized Mason jars.
  2. Bring the temperature of the milk up to 110 F.
  3. Stir 1 Tbsp. of plain active yogurt into the each quart.
  4. Place coffee filters over the jars and put each jar in a crock pot of warm water. (Alternately we have left the jars on a heating pad turned on the lowest setting.)
  5. Turn the CrockPot on WARM and leave undisturbed overnight or for 6-8 hours.
  6. YOGURT!
  7. As a bonus, you can blend frozen strawberries with some sugar and a little yogurt in a blender, then add that mixture to the yogurt and churn in an ice cream freezer.
  8. FROZEN YOGURT!

This post is part of the “5 Days of … ” Series.

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

      • 5 Days of Homesteading

from Connie at Smockity Frocks

      • 5 Days of Decluttering

from Lisa at Chaos Appreciation

      • 5 Days of Homeschooling for the Busy Family

from Jenilee at Our Goodwin Journey

      • 5 Days of Homeschooling Pre-K

from Lauren at Mama’s Learning Corner

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from Aadel at These Temporary Tents

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from Jodi at Granola Mom 4 God

      • 5 Days of Return of the Routine

from Tricia at Hodge Podge

      • 5 Days of Homeschooling a Special Needs Child

from LaToya at Christian Momma

      • 5 Days of Crafts

from Rebecca at Mom’s Mustard Seeds

      • 5 Days of Oven-Free Dinners

from Tabitha at Meet Penny

      • 5 Days of Freezer Cooking

from Stacie at Motherhood on a Dime

      • 5 Days of Family Games

from Christine at Fruit in Season

      • 5 Days of Camping Tips

from Jenny at Planner Perfect

      • 5 Days of Educational Apps

from Kim at Not Consumed

      • 5 Days of Real-World Math

from Joan at Our School at Home

      • 5 Days of Summer Un-School

from Jamie at Unlikely Homeschool

      • 5 Days of Using Your Slow Cooker

from Sarah at Sidetracked Sarah

      • 5 Days of Summer Survival

from Susann at Momma Hopper

      • 5 Days of Creative Co-op Classes

from Ami at Walking by the Way

 

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Modern Day Homesteading

This week, I am working with iHomeschool Network 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 (and meat when they stop laying), dairy goats for milk, cheese, and yogurt, and a garden 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

      • 5 Days of Homesteading

from Connie at Smockity Frocks

      • 5 Days of Decluttering

from Lisa at Chaos Appreciation

      • 5 Days of Homeschooling for the Busy Family

from Jenilee at Our Goodwin Journey

      • 5 Days of Homeschooling Pre-K

from Lauren at Mama’s Learning Corner

      • 5 Days of Homeschooling in the Military

from Aadel at These Temporary Tents

      • 5 Days of Kindle in the Classroom

from Jodi at Granola Mom 4 God

      • 5 Days of Return of the Routine

from Tricia at Hodge Podge

      • 5 Days of Homeschooling a Special Needs Child

from LaToya at Christian Momma

      • 5 Days of Crafts

from Rebecca at Mom’s Mustard Seeds

      • 5 Days of Oven-Free Dinners

from Tabitha at Meet Penny

      • 5 Days of Freezer Cooking

from Stacie at Motherhood on a Dime

      • 5 Days of Family Games

from Christine at Fruit in Season

      • 5 Days of Camping Tips

from Jenny at Planner Perfect

      • 5 Days of Educational Apps

from Kim at Not Consumed

      • 5 Days of Real-World Math

from Joan at Our School at Home

      • 5 Days of Summer Un-School

from Jamie at Unlikely Homeschool

      • 5 Days of Using Your Slow Cooker

from Sarah at Sidetracked Sarah

      • 5 Days of Summer Survival

from Susann at Momma Hopper

      • 5 Days of Creative Co-op Classes

from Ami at Walking by the Way

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