Archive for the ‘Animals’ Category

Californian/New Zealand kits.

Posted: 22nd March 2013 by Joe Prepper in Animals, On The Homestead

Just a quick update:Sugar, our New Zealand gave birth to 7 kits. They all appear healthy and a few really nice size babies. She did well making the nest and had them at 31 days. We are hoping she will be a good mother.    

Zone 1 Path update.

Posted: 21st March 2013 by Joe Prepper in Animals, On The Homestead, Projects

With several other things going on, the path work is going a little slower than planned.  We are taking it a section at a time and trying to remove the sod or grass first. Then remove the top few inches of good soil and set it aside for use either in the garden or as […]

New Zealand Doe Pregnant….Sugar Babies Due.

Posted: 20th March 2013 by Joe Prepper in Animals, On The Homestead

  Sugar, our New Zealand doe, was bred 30 days ago to our Californian Buck “Bic Mac”. We expected her to kit by now(the average is 28 days), but as of a few minutes ago she was still holding out. This will be her second litter, and if all goes well, her first successful one. […]

We have really had a good time with these ducks. They are extremely hardy and require less supplemental heat than baby chicks. I think if we watched closely enough we could actually see these guys growing. They greedily run from the food back the water..and back to the food again. The sound they make when […]

Too cute to resist.

Posted: 12th March 2013 by Joe Prepper in Animals, On The Homestead

We raise Californian-New Zealand meat rabbits here on the homestead, and although they are cute and cuddly they are not considered pets. My wife raised pet rabbits as a kid and wanted to have a group of bunnies that were not destined for the table.     She, and my also non-rabbit eating niece, found […]

Duck, Duck, Duck…..Silkie!

Posted: 2nd March 2013 by Joe Prepper in Animals, On The Homestead
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We have been looking for some Silkie’s to raise. After reading what good broody mothers they can be, we decided to raise a few up to be  surrogate moms when needed. I was particularly curious as to how they would do raising guinea fowl keets as I have seen this done with good results. We […]

The Crazy Chicken Lady….

Posted: 2nd March 2013 by Joe Prepper in Animals, Uncategorized

My wife made fun of me for months. The giggles and jokes I endured as I got up before daylight Saturday so I could get an early start to the much anticipated event. Maybe I didn’t get the memo, but I never felt unmanly attending the local chicken swap meets. Apparently my wife’s poking fun […]

Spring is in the air……..

Posted: 26th February 2013 by Joe Prepper in Animals, On The Homestead

Breeding on the homestead is all  a part of self sufficiency. Our rooster seems to be willing to do his part. My wife took this picture and later said she felt a little guilty for not only watching, but hoping they would still be there when she got back with the camera. We are planning […]

Animals on the Homestead

Posted: 12th February 2013 by Joe Prepper in Animals, On The Homestead

Just a few random pics of the animals we have on the homestead now.