I am a pretty practical person by nature. If we don’t need something, there is very little chance that we will get whatever it is we don’t need. I don’t like to have a lot of stuff just laying around that never gets used. Phillip is the same way. We are, overall, pretty frugal people. I don’t particularly like to spend money. Yes, there is the occasional shopping trip or spending spree, but then I’m usually good for the year. It’s just not high on my priority list.
BUT, if it involves a farm or farm animals, I am all about shelling out the money! If I see a horse, goat, or cow for sale, I’m ready to buy them all! I am so ready to have a farm! We have been working toward a farm for several years now. I am hoping to purchase property and build our home and farm from scratch. Phillip hasn’t always been on board with the whole farm thing. He was always supportive of me starting a farm, but he didn’t really understand my NEED for a farm. I’m not real sure he still understands it completely, but it’s definitely growing on him. We don’t have our own property yet, but I’m hoping that will soon change.
Anyway, we are currently staying at my in-laws’ home. They live on about 100 acres. They are going to allow us to fence part of the property that is not being used right now and put animals on it. I’m hoping for goats, chickens, and bees to start. I already have horses, but they are boarded at my Aunt’s farm, so I’m not going to uproot them right now. The kids and I are also hoping to put a big garden in this spring. It’s going to be fun to watch the kids learn about growing their food and taking care of animals. They love animals and they have been begging for some goats for a while now. This is going to be so much fun! Now I just need to talk the hubby into a goat for each of our children… and maybe a couple for me…
The chickens will be one of the first things to happen. I hope anyway. Phillip’s mom has been wanting chickens for a few years now. We even built her the shell of a chicken coop a couple years ago. All that needs to be done is to put a door on it, paint the whole thing, and probably insulate it for winter. Then we are ready for chickens! It should be a lot quicker to get ready for chickens than it would be to get ready for goats. That’s what I’m pushing for anyway.
There is a big wooded area that we are going to fence in for the goats. It has a lot of browse for them to munch on and enjoy. We had goats out here before and used them to clean up an area right by the house. They did an amazing job. It went from an overgrown mess to being cleaned up and usable in just a few short months. And that was with only two goats. I can’t wait to see what a few goats will do!
As for the honey bees, I have no idea what I’m doing. I have never had bees before. We have a local beekeeping group that I’m hoping will teach me what to do and how to care for them. It makes me a tad bit nervous, but I really want to help the bees, help my gardens, and have the benefit of local honey in the end. I think it’s a win any way I look at it. I’m getting super excited for spring to get here. The four inches of snow we got yesterday is not helping my spring fever.
Another thing the kids keep asking for is rabbits. I have no idea what to do with rabbits either, but I guess we might be learning soon. I need to get a rabbit hutch built first and do some research. From what I’ve heard, rabbits are pretty easy animals to care for, but I’m always afraid of doing something wrong and killing them off. Hopefully this won’t be too difficult! I would feel terrible if I killed off my children’s rabbits!
I will post an update whenever all this stuff happens and we get everyone settled. I’m going to try to post updates and pictures of the process as we go along. It will take a while, but I’m hoping to get it all done this summer. I’m so excited I can hardly think, much less type! I’m hoping there will be a lot to see on this blog this summer!
Do any of you have a farm or want to live on one someday? A farm has been my goal ever since I was little. We grew up with farm animals, so I think it’s just something in my blood. I can’t seem to get it out of my head. If you have a farm or have experience with farm animals, what are some of your favorite animals to care for? What are some of your best farm memories? Leave me a comment below and let me know! I would love to hear some of your stories and experiences!
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