Hootenanny Homestead

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Building a Duck House

As you have no doubt seen if you have been following the instaham feed, it was time to construct an outside kind of home for the ducks.  I’ve seen various sources that they’ve moved their ducks out after two weeks with a heat lamp and others stated that 4 weeks was enough and some said 6 weeks was good.  Since I started in January I wanted to make sure it was warm enough for them and they wouldn’t get too cold.  Seems that 8 weeks was the right amount of time, partly because I was running out of space for them in the brooder area.
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Just What Has Been Going On Around Here

In an effort to catch up with what has been going on, allow me to share with you all some pictures of some of the activities that have been happening around our homestead.  Hope you enjoy and let me know which are your favorites.
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A 2016 Hootenanny Wrap Up

Well, the year has ended and as normally happens, a new one has begun.  There has been a lot of changes as you may have seen on this blog.  But it is a good idea as we find ourselves crossing the threshold of a new year to look back and see what we have managed to accomplish to remember what we failed at.  In the upcoming days we’ll also take a look at some of oh plans for the upcoming year. Continue reading

Just Ducky Ranch: A duck plan update

I know that it has been a while since I wrote anything about my plans for the ducks.  Allow me to address that error and provide an update.  As you can tell in the title the name “Just Ducky Ranch” has been batted around for an idea of what to call the future little plot of duck town.  (It clearly has to be a town and not a burg…for copyright reasons).  So let’s take a look at what I’m planning on doing.
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What Apple Trees to Plant When Starting an Orchard

When is the best time to plant a tree?  About 20 years ago.  The second best time is today.  No matter what kind of tree you plant it is going to take years to grow and mature.  Being fall, to my way of thinking it is time for apples.  I don’t have any apple trees planted yet I have been making a plan of what I would want to plant.  I was looking for a blend of trees that would give me a range of harvest times as well as a range of uses (eating, baking, cider, sauce).
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Wait…A Homestead in the 21st Century

Hootenanny HomesteadSo, as odd as it might sound, I’m excited about this whole homesteading thing.  I did the high tech stuff, don’t get me wrong, I still love the high tech stuff.  But I’m an introvert.  I don’t have any big draw to live in the hustle and bustle of the city.  I don’t want to hit the clubs and go to the hottest party.  Nor do I really like the idea of living in a developed community where every house looks the same and if we both lean out our windows I can hand the neighbor a cup of coffee without leaving the house.  Now at the same point I’m not sure that I want to live in rural Idaho on a homestead that is 200 miles from any city.  (If you listen to enough homesteader stories you might believe that Idaho is entirely made up homesteads and potato farms).  At this point I don’t know that I want to raise any four footed critters.
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