Hello Pack. I hope you all have been enjoying the same unseasonably warm weather as we have here on our survival homestead. But alas, more rain is in the forecast. I am sure we will be flooded in for the first time this year soon. I will definitely miss lamenting about Ohio’s crazy weather with TOP. It sure is still hard to believe that he is gone.
Typically, we spend this time of year working on indoor preps – including hands-on learning, reading, and training. But, we would have been lazy preppers not to take advantage of this brief respite from winter.
As you might be able to tell from the beautiful feature photo of my mean girl, Ruby, I spent an enormous amount of time at my barn this week. All of the horses got worms, I did some hoof work, and a general health check and lengthy brushing.
I am sure ten minutes after leaving the barn this morning at least one herd member went for a roll in the mud – they sure like to do that to me after a “beauty” appointment.
In case you were wondering, all of that mud bug around Ru’s hooves is the after picture. Bobby spend several hours on his tractor scraping around my barn and in-between the barn to get the ground to be THAT easy to walk in.
I have lost count at the number of times my muck boots were suctioned into the mud and my foot came out … with many more such instances to come, for sure.
I firmly consider my horses a prep. During a SHTF scenario, assuming the power grid will remain functional, no matter the inciting incident or that gas would even be available would be foolish – potentially deadly so.
Our horses have the ability not only to get us around our survival retreat, to town to fetch a stranded loved one, they are also trained to haul wagons and cart. Yep, my beloved horses are most definitely a survival tool.
In other preps this week, we got some more seeds growing in our indoor greenhouse, did some prep work for a new and larger greenhouse in the upper pasture where we get the best sun.
This will involve setting up some fencing to keep the horses and goats from becoming too curious, but warm weather work serves as an excuse to gather and have fun with our tribe members, so I am alright with that.
My new Nigerian Dwarf doe, Dolly, is not getting along well at all with my established nanny, Pearl. I told Pearl the new girl would lighten her workload with Not Negan, but apparently she simply is not into having a sister wife.
If I was not so busy yelling at my favorite goat when she plows into Dolly broadside and then head butts, her I would shoot a brief video so you too could be amazed at how a goat with only three good legs can run so fast, and behave like an all-star linebacker.
I was hoping after Dolly was here a week or two the jostling for position herd dynamics would calm down, but they have not. The only goat in the herd that is nice to her and doesn’t run her off is Hooper.
He is Pearl’s most recent kid that I kept as a backup Billy goat for when his daddy starts to tire of mating. I had to pick Dolly up and put her in the back of my pick-up truck today just so she could not only eat in peace, but get her full ration of grain.
I am 99 percent certain that Dolly is with kid, so it is even more important that she get to eat all of her food … and stop getting rammed by Pearl.
While I am on the topic of goats, I have written a lot about fiber goats lately and have become really intrigued by the prospect of raising them. Pygora goats are a miniature fiber goat that is a cross between Pygmy goats and Angora goats.
I like to work in fiber arts for fun and cost-saving beautiful and lovingly made homemade gifts. But, if I get a solid herd of mini fiber goats established I can sell either the raw mohair or dye it naturally and sell it for a higher price – generating more income from our survival homestead to further our self-reliance goals.
If I can find an Angora goat in my region at an affordable price y’all will be among the first to get a look at her. I would like to start with an actual Pygora, but they are even more difficult to find and boast a higher price tag.
This Weeks Questions:
- Do you have a SHTF transportation prep?
- Do you stockpile fuel and stabilizer?
- What is your funniest or most frustrating experience with survival livestock?
- What way do you or could you earn more money from a homesteading activity or hobby to filter back into your preps?
- What did you do to prep this week?