What we did this weekend ->

Saturday we had an amazing day. We searched online for skoolie buses for  a long time.  We knew another large homeschooling family with one and so have been trying to find one that “meets OUR unique needs”.  We drove about 2 hours Saturday over to drive one.  I’m not sure that it was THE ONE, but it was a start.

We then went to Chuck  E. Cheese.  There isn’t one close to us at all so when we get that close, we make it an event! I do have some photos for this but not able to get those off yet.

It was raining so it was not a good farm day.

Sunday, we spent at Worship and again, watching the outside —> rain. Late Sunday night, I took the big kids to see Night at the Museum 2.  Wow! Not for littles but very entertaining.

Monday, the sun shone, so to work we went!   We had a huge to do list, and we didn’t accomplish all of it, but we sure did work hard. 

First, the Turkeys… They were originally in a brooder.  (Maybe Brian can add a pic of this).  Then they went to a tiny room we have in our big barn and yesterday they moved to their new home with a huge new yard.    This yard was completely closed with trees and debris.  It is rather large, probably 20*30 or so.   The fence itself didn’t need much work as the Turkeys won’t be there forever *Grin*
turkey yard

Here is Keisa moving the turkeys…Keisa moving turey

We have 13 of our original tureys left.  Here they are – exploring the new yard.

turkeys in yard


This was just our first task for the day… stay tuned for more updates.


Horse pictures (as promised)

This is our Arabian on the right, her name is Mona (that isn’t her registered name).  She is wonderful.

horses with girls

Also in the picture are the 3 steeple horses we board. They are Spartacus, Ellie May and Amber.  Children pictured are Cody on left, Keisa, Mariah and Lea on right.

Here is a closer pic of Mona and Lea.

lea and mona

The Chickens are coming the Chickens are coming


Well Spring has finally sprung on the FamilyPlusHomestead and we’re in full swing.  Every year we come out of the gate ready to hit the road hard and fast.  I’m hoping we can maintain the momentum this year.  We’ve already done our trash pickup, stick pickup and general toy pickup.  In addition, we’ve made the preparation for our chickens and turkeys to arrive.   As I mentioned in a previous post, we had some issues with some high flying chickens and a curious dog.  We’ve decided to restock the layer and meat chickne base as well as add some turkeys to the mix.   Recently, we were staying with friends on the way back from a trip out East.  He mentioned that old refrigerators make great storage for animal feed and why don’t I use them for putting the baby chickens in.  They are already insulated and are quite large so that’s what we did.  Here’s his idea in action.




We removed the doors off of each Fridge or Freezer and then laid them down.   You may be asking yourself, where did you get all those Freezers?  We have been frequent contributors/shoppers on Freecycle.   Those appliances usually only have a little life left in them.  When they died, we moved them our to our machine shed….until now.  Rather than paying $40 per appliance to have them hauled away, we’ve been able to use them for a good purpose.  


Our chickens are doing great! 

Rhode Island Reds

Rhode Island Reds


Buff Orpingtons

Buff Orpingtons



And last but not least our Broad-Breasted Bronze Turkeys

Broad Breasted Bronze Turkey

Broad Breasted Bronze Turkey


Glad to report all are doing well and we haven’t lost any of them 2 weeks into it.   I’m also keeping a log book this year so I can keep better track of food/water consumption as well as growth and production.   We have about 4 meat chickens that never made it to the butcher block last year as well as 4 layers.  These are continuing to produce good eggs, pictured here with some happy egg harvesters.