Posts Tagged ‘homestead’

We look forward to selling many Silver Fox rabbits in 2017, and to facilitate that we have made some updates to our sales process. We now have pages on our website dedicated to communicating with our breeding stock and pet rabbit customers. Each page has a rabbit order form where customers can tell us what […]

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UPDATE: SOLD OUT. We have sold out of the rabbits listed below. We will be weaning two doe kits this month, and several litters at the beginning of February. If you interested in rabbits, please contact us via our breeders or pets pages. As we head into the new year, we are making some updates […]

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We’ve been trying some new setups for laying hens this year, and creating a new hen house meant making new nesting boxes. I used the opportunity to make improvements on prior designs, and here’s a summary of what resulted. Key Characteristics: 4ft long 4ft high 2 levels 15″ deep Roll-out style (tilted floor, covered egg […]

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This fall we’re experimenting with a rabbit colony setup. This experiment is ongoing, so we cannot yet say whether or not it’s successful. One nice characteristic of the colony, though, is that we can quickly feed and water several rabbits at the same time. To feed the rabbits, we made a rabbit feeder comparable to […]

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Winter Tips & Tricks

Here at Independence Homestead, winter begins when we switch from automatic waterers to bottles for the rabbits. We do this when the temperature stays below freezing for an entire day, so the automatic waterers will be frozen and won’t work. Well, that happened last week and bottles are up! If you’re facing chilly temperatures as […]

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The farm store will be open this Saturday, December 17th, from 12-4pm so you can shop local and get great gifts for the holidays! Address and directions are here. We have many items available that would make great gifts, including several new offerings! Here are a few great gifts: Immunity Booster Tea: Handmade by us with […]

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Dispatching Rabbits

We’ve had some questions about how we dispatch rabbits when processing them. We’ve had a lot of success with the method detailed in this YouTube video: We’ve found this method is quick and humane. Additionally, it requires no special tools as long as you have a broomstick around. I hope this helps those of you […]

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Read Part 1 and Part 2 to hear the first part of the story! At this point in the story Storm is still showing rear end weakness, and we’re pretty sure he has a meningeal worm infection. The curative treatment we followed was oral dosing of Safeguard at 10 times the standard rate for 5 […]

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In Part 1 I detailed the situation and symptoms we found in Storm… He had a low temperature and weakness in his rear end. The symptoms seemed unrelated in that I couldn’t find one illness that listed both problems as symptoms. I decided the first priority would be to address his low temperature, which indicated […]

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This fall our goat wether Storm fell ill with what we believe was a meningeal worm infection. We cannot confirm this was his illness as that would have required lab testing of his cerebrospinal fluid, but the situation and symptoms would indicate a meningeal worm infection. Today I’m sharing our experience in the hopes it […]

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We all have situations where we need to keep things cold. For some of you, that includes transporting home your farm fresh herdshare milk! For that situation and many others, I highly recommend flexible ice sheets. Here are some that are a great value. We bought these about a year and half ago, and they’re […]

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In anticipation of Loudoun’s Fall Farm Tour, we’re updating the farm store with some new products. Today I’ll highlight the farm-themed magnets we’ve made! These magnets were made ourselves from wood we had leftover from various projects. We cut the wood into squares, stamped them with fun farm stamps, sprayed a sealant, and attached magnets. […]

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Today we continue our piglets series with some insights on feeding and watering growing pigs. Pigs grow so fast that any missteps in feeding and watering can have dramatic consequences. Too little feed can permanently damage a pig, while too much can lead to plenty of issues, too. That being the case, there’s a lot […]

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Goats 101 Class Saturday August 13th, 10am! This month we are again offering our popular Goats 101 class! We’ll focus on goats as pets or dairy, land clearing, and proper fencing. This class is family friendly, with opportunities to brush the goats, and get a squirt or two of milk out of the does, too! The class will […]

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Many people have come to the homestead to visit the American Guinea Hogs. Those with small acreages or new to homesteading tend to find the breed more approachable than conventional pigs. Recently I found this article by Mother Earth News that provides a lot of insight into American Guinea Hogs. For those considering the breed, […]

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I thought it was time for another Friday on the Farm post! Here are some highlights from this week at Independence Homestead: Goats Enjoy New Goat Pasture Last Saturday we fenced in two more sections of our woods as goat pasture. The milking does moved to one of the pastures, and our buck Champ and […]

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We continue our piglet series where we highlight the care of piglets. Today we’re talking about ear tagging piglets. Why Why would you want to tag a piglet? Because you don’t want to tag a full-grown pig! If you think you may ever want a pig tagged, tag the pig as a piglet. Trying to hold and […]

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In running our breeding rabbit operation, we’ve found that having an environment where rabbits can feel safe and relaxed is important to success. We must remember that living creatures are not computers! The inputs of food, water, shelter, and mating do not necessarily equal the output of rabbit kits.  As with all living creatures, the equation is […]

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Goats 101 Class Saturday June 18 at 10am We are offering our Goats 101 class again! Come get hands-on experience with goats, and learn about daily care, health care, milking, and more. Raising Rabbits Class Saturday July 9 at 10am In the Raising Rabbits class we’ll cover all the basics of raising rabbits: housing, feed, breeding, and […]

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We have a lot lined up for the Loudoun Farm Tour this weekend! Our ducks will be out front to welcome you upon arrival. Ducklings will be showing off their antics in a pen. Then we have goat kids and piglets that are ready to be fed and petted. For the daring, the adult pigs and […]

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For all the diversity in this world, some things are universal. Like how children rub their eyes when they’re tired. Or how the minute they see a flock of chickens, they’re chasing after the birds. We have ducks in the front, and the minute children step out of a vehicle they’re tearing after the ducks. On […]

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Goats 101 Class We are holding another Goats 101 class this weekend for those who couldn’t make it last weekend. It’s this Saturday morning (the 14th) at 10am. The cost is $40. We’ll demonstrate routine goat care so you know what goes into the day to day of caring for goats. You will also get […]

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  With three out of four does having kidded, and the fourth doe in the kidding pen now, it’s time to share a bit about this year’s kiddings! I’ll be posting more about goats soon: kidding, kids, milking, etc. Here I’ll recap Annie’s kidding experience. Annie was the second goat to kid. We had setup a […]

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This spring has been a busy time for goats! We’d had 3 kiddings so far,  and another kidding expected this week. Milking, bottle feeding, rotating the goats to fresh ground, and taking care of the does, means we’ve been enjoying a lot of goat goodness. With so many of you interested in having goats, this […]

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Our rabbits are typically good mamas, but every once in a while something goes wrong. One challenge we’ve come across a few times is rabbit kits who get out of the nesting box too early. They’re not old enough to coordinate getting out and back in the box, and they’re not furry enough to stay […]

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