Chores on the Homestead

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Rabbits and ChickensA day in the life of a homesteader is often filled with chores. Here is a list of chores that we tend to each day around the homestead. Some of these chores change depending on the season, and others will change as we expand our homestead.

Every morning, the fodder that is growing for the chickens and the rabbits is the first thing we tend. We want to ensure that the fodder is getting enough water to help it grow. The fodder pans are taken to the sink where water is added so that the seeds stay moist. If we do not have any seeds soaking, we will grab a pan and put seeds in it to so it can start its 24 hour soak. This usually will take me about 10-15 minutes each morning.

Next on the chores list are the rabbits. Each morning the rabbits are fed fodder and timothy hay. Usually when the fodder is not ready to feed the rabbits, we will substitute their fodder with pellets. We also make sure that the rabbits have enough water to drink. While tending the rabbits, I usually sneak in some one on one time with the rabbits to make sure that they are happy and content, I love the bonding time.  This usually take 15 minutes.

After checking and tending to the rabbits, next up is the chickens. I make sure that they have food and water for the day. This will usually take about 10 minutes. On the weekends, we will let the chickens out to free range and while they are out of the coop, we will clean it. We keep a good eye on them so that they will not get into the planted areas of the yard. The chickens usually stay out until it starts getting dark outside or they make their way back in for the night.

In the evenings, the garden becomes the main focus along with the rabbits and chickens. Every night or there nearly, we water the garden and the fruit trees in the yard. We make sure that the mulch that we have on the garden and around the trees are still in place so that it will help with keeping the soil moist. Watering the garden can take up to 30 minutes each night. Besides watering the garden, we do one last check on the rabbits and chickens to see how much they have eaten and that they have enough water for the overnight hours.

We have been working to keep up with the rainwater management in the yard. Every time it rains, we will go out and empty the buckets that we are catching the water in. We will empty the buckets into storage containers and put the buckets back to catch the next time. We are using the stored water to feed the garden and the trees. We are hoping in the near future to create a rain management system to replace the current system we are using.

On the homestead, we have 3 compost bins that we are using for composting. We keep a bag with the food and other compostable items in it to add to our 3 bin system. At least twice a week, sometimes more, we turn the compost in the 1st bin. If the compost smells bad, we add straw and/or shredded paper. If the compost is dry, we will add green material (food, lawn clippings,etc) to the compost. This helps keep the system going and has produced almost 30 gal worth of compost for us to use in the hugelbed.

We are also trying our hand at vermiculture and seeing some success. Once a week, if not more, we will drain the lechate from the worm factory. We also feed the worms coffee grounds, eggs shells, and other non-citrus or acidic table scraps for them.

These are a few of chores to be done around the homestead and I am sure that we will be doing more as we add new exciting things to our homestead.

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Cheryl Blatnik

Cheryl is energetic,motivated,hard working, determined and loves a good challenge. She enjoys gardening, loves animals, and learning new things. Her goal is to become more self sufficient and a better homesteader. She would like to get back to the basics with cooking, homemaking, and food preservation. Cheryl additionally holds several degrees and enjoys her career within the medical community and working in Accounting. She is successfully raising a teenager of her own and 2 other teenage children. Her life long goal is to live in the country completely off-grid on a productive homestead away from goverment bureaucracy.

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