I don’t know about you, but I find other people’s routines and daily tasks fascinating. It’s like being able to see inside their homes for a day. I wanted to give our readers a glimpse into the mundane, yet magical day into ours. Our farm routine.
ALARM GOES OFF AT 6 AM
Our farm routine begins at 6am. Now do I instantly get up with the alarm goes off? Of course not, but I am up around 6:15 to get the day started. On a normal school day, the bus comes at 7:14 (yes, exactly that time) so I’m up to make myself a cup of coffee before waking the littles up.
Frying up local eggs and freshly squeezed orange juice….yeah, ok. The majority of the time, the kids want some kind of carb. Ella usually picks her microwavable pancakes with a yogurt and Jackson has a bowl of cereal. I do ask that they get dressed & use the bathroom before they eat.
SCOTT IS OFF TO WORK
Scott usually takes them to the bus stop and waits until they are safely on before heading to work. He has around a 45 minute commute so it’s a nice way for him to have a few minutes with the kids in the morning.
Once the little kids are out the door…
INDOOR DOGS HEAD OUTSIDE
We have 4 inside dogs…yes, FOUR, lol. They have been since the very beginning and there is no sense in making them sleep outside even though we have the room. They head outside in the back (fenced in) yard and await to be fed. Ryder (our teen) is almost always the one who does this chore. Nala and Piper are our Golden Retrievers (litter mates), Atlas (our rescue pup who is spoiled rotten), and my beloved Loki (German Shepard) who is perfect. They all have a special place in our hearts.
GOAT & DOG FOOD PREP
Next up on the farm routine is getting the goat milk ready on the stove. Yes, I heat it up on the stove so they have warm bellies first thing for the day. Right now the baby goats are eating around 14-16 oz. each. We have found a mixture we’re happy with of whole milk, 1 can of condensed milk, and 1 cup of buttermilk (this is added to the gallon whole milk jug, then dispersed).
CHECK ON CHICKS & DUCKLINGS
Before heading to the barn to feed the goats and puppies, I do a spot check on the chicks and ducklings. They are housed in brooders in our garage to keep them safe and warm. If I see any are out of water (which has never happened), I immediately refill. They both need a constant supply of fresh clean water.
Once the barn animals are fed and taken care of, I come back to give all fresh water regardless if they ran out. I do this at least twice a day. I wouldn’t want to drink luke-warm water so I give them the same respect. Refilling feeders with food and spot checking bedding to replace any that has been soiled. Ducklings are notorious for getting everything wet, so this is changed out twice a day at least.
Henrietta & Fannie. Khaki Campbell ducklings
Side note: If you read our post about our 1st round of ducklings moving to the pond, I’ll be updating soon, but we’ve lost 2 of the 6. We moved the ducks back up to the 3 acres we have by the main house and I also purchased 2 brand new ducklings. More on that later.
LET OUT & FEED OUTSIDE POULTRY
Like stated above, the older ducks are now housed in the duck house by our house, so I head out to let them out, make sure they have fresh water, check bedding, and bring fresh duck food. We also have 4 pullets (just means chicks that are fully feathered but still not hens per se). I let them out of their new hen house to free range. They have done amazing at moving the compost pile around to look for yummies. I purposely house them there for this reason.
I can see both sets from my garage and feel a lot safer they are close. Those particular pullets LOVE to hang on in the woods about a 4 feet from the coop. Ryder & I set up chicken netting around the duck house since the ducks are still getting used to the idea of not being at the pond for now. This setup is temporary until we take care of the snapping turtle situation. Yes, we’ve concluded snapping turtles are eating our ducks. Crazy right? Never in a million years did I think that was going to be the predator we had to worry about.
Fourteen new little chicks were added this weekend to the farm and my gracious alive they are adorable! These babies were purchased from a local hatchery called Cocktown Funk and I honestly couldn’t be any happier. I told her what we were looking for (egg color wise) and she knew exactly what we needed. The process was flawless and I can’t say enough good things. These were by far the healthiest chicks I had ever gotten. Chosen were 2 Blue, 6 Lemon Cuckoo, and 1 Mauve Orpingtons, 3 Marans, 2 Olive Eggers.
After all outside farm animals are tended to, I go back to the garage and refill fresh water to any and all poultry in the brooders. I check temperatures in the stock tanks, take out any poop that has accumulated, add more feed, and snuggle any that I feel like need a helping hand lol. At this point I also take out 4 chicks that are not quite ready to be in the outside coop (the chickens in the coop are kinda mean to them) and put them in the yard under a big oak tree. They spend the day foraging for bugs and their feed and water is placed outside.
We are converting an old trailer into a mobile chicken coop so all these chickens will eventually be grabbing snacks from rotational grazing on the pastures. We’ve had such warmer days. I love that I can put them outside all day. They stay close but are free-ranging and absolutely love it.
GREENHOUSE & PLANT CARE
At this point in the morning, I open up the greenhouse and water all the plants. You can read all about the greenhouse on this post. I will say that once I put everything into the ground in here, the plants took off. I check on all the seedlings and water the herb garden by the house.
Since this image was taken, we added another spot to the right for additional plants (tomatoes, flowers, etc.). All the large potted plants have been moved out as well as the seedlings. It was getting too hot in there and they were dying. Lesson learned. I’ve got big plans for next year and how I’ll be starting seeds.
Scott mowed down the grass in the greenhouse, we then added garden fabric to keep the weeds out, soil placed on top, compost added to that with worm casings, and plants in. Super easy. You can actually see me planting them here.
At this point I go back into the house to clean, do dishes, start laundry, and figure out what I can put into the crock pot for dinner that night. I’d rather be outside than stuck in the house which is why our home looks like a tornado right now.
We spend the entire afternoon outside when it’s nice. A lot of times we’ll get the puppies and baby goats out to graze on the surrounding grass (think lots of clover). They will usually last a solid 45 min until they start not listening lol so we’ll put the goats up first and let the puppies have a break away. We’ll work on some training (you know, actually coming when called) for a little while until they’ve had enough and they will return to the goats.
Baby ducklings have swim time outside where if I move, they move with me. Meaning they will chase me wherever I walk to be right beside someone. It’s the funniest thing.
We should have our permanent pasture for them fenced in by May and I can not wait! Right now they are secure with Premier 1 goat fencing and it’s working out great. This is the type of fencing we will also use for the mobile chicken coop to keep them safely where we want them.
Literally every chore gets repeated around dinner time. Right before dusk, I go and make sure the chickens (the older ones) have made it back to their coop (90% of the time they are already in there), ducks get put into their duck house, garage chicks get put back into their brooder, and we eat dinner sometimes around dark. We wouldn’t have it any other way. Scott may go fishing down by the pond while I’m getting dinner ready or I may have another task for him to accomplish (aka: build) lol.
This list will grow and grow the larger our farm grows but I’m here for it. I can honestly say this is exactly where I’m supposed to be. Happy Monday friends.