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Equipment for Keeping Bees

Equipment for Keeping Bees

What “WE” think you need: 1. 2 Hives – Everybody uses different things on their hives. Some use inner covers, some don’t. Here in Alabama it gets hotter than up North, so what you will need to use on your hive will differ. Our hives consist of: 1 DEEP SUPER or DEEP BODY – this is your most important part of the hive. This is where your queen bee will live and produce ALL the workers and drones … Read entire article »

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Baked Ham

Baked Ham I am adding this recipe in honor of our finishing with our hog BarbieQ.  She is safely processed and in the freezer.  :-)))   Get a nice bone-in Ham.  I get the full ham myself not a halved one. Also you can buy a fresh ham or a cured ham.  Here is a chart on internal temp of the different types:   Type Internal Temperature Fresh (uncured) 170°F Cured, “uncooked” 160°F Cured, “fully cooked” 140°F, or serve cold if you prefer    Preheat the oven to 325* The first thing I do is wash the surface of the ham with cool water.  Then place it fat-side up in a roasting pan. Next I cut diagonal slices about 1/4 inch deep into the fat/meat and then slice again in opposite directions to make diamond shapes.  Then I put a clove in each diamond section.  Place the ham … Read entire article »

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Getting The Weight Of A Hog Without A Scale

Getting The Weight Of A Hog Without A Scale If you cannot get your pig on a scale, you can still weigh her by using the formula below. The formula comes within about three percent of the actual weight. The formula is as follows:   1. Girth Measurement: Take the heart-girth measurement. Your measuring tape needs to go around the body just behind the front legs and over the shoulder area. Square the result (Multiply the measurement by itself). BarbieQ’s measurement was 44″. Squared is 1936. 2.  Length Measurement: Measure the length of your pig.   Start at the top of his or her head right in between the ears and measure down to the start, or base, of the tail (not the end of the tail). BarbieQ’s measurement was 47″. 3.  Girth Result X Length: Take … Read entire article »

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Raising a Homestead Hog

Raising a Homestead Hog

  We have learned several things through raising a hog for our family.    Here is a list, but I hope to develop this list a bit more: Hogs must have STRONG fencing.  The more you can feed a hog on leftovers (slop) the less you have to buy in the way of feed. For starting a hog – use 13% protein feed and for growing use 16% feed. Soybean meal will grow a hog but it will produce a softer fat.  This … Read entire article »

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Turkeys

Turkeys

Raising Turkeys   This endeavor was another one of my long term dreams.  We had raised chickens for many years and I had read so many things about what a daunting task it is to raise turkeys that I admit I was a bit put off.  But not being one to shirk a challenge, we began to pray for the information we needed and the place to keep them.  Then naturally, for healthy stock that would provide … Read entire article »

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Rabbits – The Quiet Livestock

Rabbits – The Quiet Livestock

Rabbits – The Quiet Livestock   Raising rabbits on the family farm is one of the easiest and least expensive ways of producing meat for your family.  We have raised rabbits for over 10 years for meat.  They are impressive producers and have little to no health problems in our experience.  Let me tell you about them.   The requirements for housing rabbits is simple, easy to build and last through many, many years with just minimum upkeep.  You … Read entire article »

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Raising Chickens

Raising Chickens

Raising Chickens     In an effort to become as self-sufficient a family as possible, one of the first decisions we made was to raise chickens for meat and eggs.  In Alabama, one of the main producers of eggs and poultry in our country, we have had the opportunity to see the way chickens are raised in commercial poultry houses.    It is a sad sight to see chickens that are so pumped with hormones and steroids that they … Read entire article »

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Lamb’s Milk Replacer Recipe

Lamb’s Milk Replacer Recipe

Esther is bottle fed. Her mother rejected her so we must care for her till she is able to eat grain.     Lamb’s Milk Replacer Recipe       1 can goat’s milk   1 can evaporated skim-milk   1 egg   Mix ingredients together.  Put half water and half mixture in a baby bottle.  You will have to enlarge the nipple hole a little.  Warm the bottle just like for a baby.  If diarrhea occurs, dilute the milk a bit more.  You can give a lamb a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Livestock, Sheep

Shearing Sheep

I shear our sheep with the old manual type shears. There is a sermon a day in raising sheep. First of all, sheep need a shepherd. They are defensless animals.They must be shorn regularly. Sheep have an unusual trait in which they give up if immobilized. When I begin shearing, they may struggle, but soon stop.   The shepherd needs to know what is underneath when he is cutting. The wool is so thick, he must … Read entire article »

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Shepherding the Flock

Shepherding the Flock    This article is a long time in the making. I’ve wanted to relate what we’ve learned with sheep for a long time, but the Spirit wasn’t finished. Now, I pray, He is. I am writing this for two groups; those who are interested in sheep, and the pastors who spiritually shepherd a flock.    As the scripture gives many references comparing us to sheep, all of us in the “Good Shepherd’s” flock can … Read entire article »

Filed under: Livestock, Plain Lifestyle, Servants Of Christ, Sheep

Every Sheep has His Day

Every Sheep has His Day

  Reuben – King of the Hay Bale    This is probably the most satisfying of all the farm activities at Shepherd’s Hill.  Raising sheep began as a “vision” that God gave me as a very young woman.  The goal is to have a place where Pastors and Ministers can come to spend some time actually helping with the care and feeding of real sheep.  In turn they will realize why God chose the sheep as a … Read entire article »

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Honeybees – the beginning

Honeybees – the beginning

  Greetings in the Name of the Lord!!!!  As with all hobbies, each and every one takes lots of time. Time to read and study, and time to practice hands-on. All of the hobbies you read about on the Shepherd’s Hill Farm were done this way. This time, however, learning how to raise honeybees will be done differently. How so? Well, this time God has blessed me with a wonderful teacher, Mr. Hoggle. Mr. Hoggle works with … Read entire article »

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The Chicken Coop

Olivia collecting eggs via the hatch! The New Chicken Coop Finally open for business 🙂     This is the new chicken coop – the first part of the new barn to be completed. I cannot tell you how happy we were after almost three months of having our chickens in temporary housing to finally put them in their new home.  Out to the left is their outside area which is surrounded by poultry wire to give them a safe place to scratch and peck in the outside.  The new barn is being constructed inside the perimeters of the pasture so once the fencing is done and the gates are up, the chickens will be able to free range in the pasture.  Paul’s Invention – A Hatch to get to the nests Using this we do … Read entire article »

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Hog Journal

Hog Journal

The New Piglets Are Here  It is Saturday, September 11, 2004 and the new piglets have arrived on Shepherds Hill.  I am so excited!  This is the second venture into raising our own pork.  Our first was last fall with “BarbieQ” – a lovely Duroc pig we bought from Ed Harris.  This time we have purchased 2 Hampshire gilts (young females) from Paul’s brother, Steve.  Steve works for a hog farmer in Gadsden and I must say … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hogs, Livestock