Saturday, April 29, 2017

Sloggin' On The Farm

Now that Spring is here, you probably want to trade in your knee-high muck boots for something else.   I've always been a big fan of Sloggers, unless it's been raining for days and I'm wading mud puddles.   These shoes are not only comfortable, but they are easy on/easy off and have decent support.   We have a dowel shoe rack mounted on the wall just outside of the back door that hubby made a few years ago and we keep all of our garden, barn and coop shoes there.

These shoes last quite a few seasons and are reasonably priced for a decent working shoe (as long as the dogs don't get to them -- then they become pricey chew-toys).   One of the major selling points for me is the "Made in the USA" label.  I also keep a second pair in my car for when I visit my cousin to prevent any cross-contamination from my farm to her farm, or vice-versa.  Our livestock/flock health is a major concern even though we both have extremely healthy animals.  It's always better to be safe than sorry.
Slogger/Tractor Supply
[per the Tractor Supply website - copied]
Made in the USA, the slip-on Sloggers Women's Waterproof Comfort Shoe is perfect for working in the garden or running an errand on a rainy day. They are easy to slip on and off and are a breeze to hose off, so you can leave the "Great Outdoors" where it belongs - outside!
  • Plush "All Day Comfort" insoles
  • Deep lug tread for trekking in water or mud, or mucking out a stall
  • Made from 100% recyclable material and the soles contain up to 90% recycled material
  • Sloggers are a "true fit" - meaning that for most people the fit is true to size
  • Half sizes or wider widths should size up
  • Made in the USA
If you're looking for a good, hard-working shoe for the farm, check these out.   If you have a different shoe that works well for your farm needs, share about them in the comments below.




To A Life Of Simplicity
Happy Homesteading!
~ Susan & Rick
Celtic Acres Farm


If you have a question or comment, you can leave it below, and I will do my best to respond.  Please keep your comments civil and clean.  I reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments. 



About the Author:
Susan along with her husband, Rick, are the owners of Celtic Acres Farm, an organic, self-sufficient, off-grid farm where they raise chickens, ducks, goats and a pig, rescue dogs and cats, grow their own heirloom, non-gmo produce, create handmade crafts and home décor items, and strive to live a self-sustaining lifestyle while attempting to carve out that little piece of paradise where they can live free, breathe free and commune with nature.
Celtic Acres Farms is committed to healthy animals, a greener planet, recycling-reusing-repurposing, while maintaining our rural heritage and sharing it with others. We believe that we must all lead the way to a more sustainable future while never forgetting the things of the past. 

Celtic Acres Farm Copyright © 2011–2017 All Rights Reserved

No part of this document or the related files may be reproduced or transmitted in any form, by any means (electronic, photocopying, recording, or otherwise) without the prior written permission of the author.
Please note that much of this publication is based on personal experience and anecdotal evidence. Although the author has made every reasonable attempt to achieve complete accuracy of the content, they assume no responsibility for errors or omissions. Also, you should use this information as you see fit, and at your own risk. Your particular situation may not be exactly suited to the examples illustrated here; in fact, it’s likely that they won’t be the same, and you should adjust your use of the information and recommendations accordingly.
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Beat The Heat

Here, in the South, Summer arrives with a vengeance. And, with Summer just around the corner, we need to take extra precautions for our chickens and other livestock.  Of course, all of our animals need shade.  Make sure they all have several areas to escape from direct sunlight.  We built tee-pees and platforms that our goats use to escape the heat.  We closed in the area under our deck (with horizontal slate panels) and left a door ajar for the chickens.  They take cover under the deck where it is much cooler.  Chickens also need to bathe daily so make sure their favorite areas (their dirt baths) have shade as well.



For our chickens, we freeze herbs, veggies, dried meal-worms and fruits with water in muffin tins.  Pop them out and scatter them around and watch a crowd form.  As the treats melt, the chickens peck at them for a cool indulgence.  We also provide them with cold watermelon slices.  For the goats, we float ice in their water troughs and, also, freeze their apple/carrot treats (chopped into smaller pieces) with water in muffin tins (pop them out and also float in their water).

If you're using fresh fruits, you can also cut up the fruit, stick it in the freezer for a few hours, then feed it directly to the chickens.  Some of the best fruits for this method are bananas, strawberries and watermelon.

Water is good for chickens to dip their feet into but some chickens will not step into water, no matter what.  But, chickens do like to "perch" on things -- so, in your shallow water container, add a brick.  The brick will absorb the water and be cool to the touch.  Your chickens will get the benefit of cooling their feet without setting a single toe into water.  They also like freshly-watered (sprinkler) grass -- just not when the sprinkler is running.

Our Pyrenees and goats will step into their water troughs on occasion to cool off.  Our pig, on the other hand, will submerge himself into any mud puddle, water trough or other body of water he can find, any time.

Add ice to everyone's water a few times a day on the hottest days.  We also have automatic waterers so the water replenishes throughout the day, helping to keep it from becoming hot and stagnant.

If you have plastic gallon jugs and 2-liter bottles, fill them with water, freeze them and place them in the coop and barn.  As the ice melts, it cools the air around it.

Never, ever, EVER give your chickens scratch during the summer months.  Scratch is difficult for chickens to process and it, literally, heats their bodies' core temperature to dangerous levels. 

If, even after all your planning and care, your chickens become distressed, you can administer an electrolyte solution.  No need for buying anything; you can make your own.  This is a quick and easy recipe: 

  • 2 c. Warm Water
  • 2 tbsp. Brown Sugar, Honey or Molasses (I prefer pure raw honey)
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

Mix ingredients together and mix thoroughly until all the  ingredients have dissolved.   Keep the mixed solution refrigerated.   Remember, this has a shelf-life.  Don't keep it too long or use it after it has gotten old.  One thing that might help is to keep containers of the dry ingredients, pre-measured and pre-mixed, on hand.  Then you can just add the water and honey when you need the solution.  Easy-Peasy.

Keep your animals safe, secure and healthy 365 days a year.



To A Life Of Simplicity
Happy Homesteading!
~ Susan & Rick
Celtic Acres Farm




If you have a question or comment, you can leave it below, and I will do my best to respond.  Please keep your comments civil and clean.  I reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments. 



About the Author:
Susan along with her husband, Rick, are the owners of Celtic Acres Farm, an organic, self-sufficient, off-grid farm where they raise chickens, ducks, goats and a pig, rescue dogs and cats, grow their own heirloom, non-gmo produce, create handmade crafts and home décor items, and strive to live a self-sustaining lifestyle while attempting to carve out that little piece of paradise where they can live free, breathe free and commune with nature.
Celtic Acres Farms is committed to healthy animals, a greener planet, recycling-reusing-repurposing, while maintaining our rural heritage and sharing it with others. We believe that we must all lead the way to a more sustainable future while never forgetting the things of the past. 

Celtic Acres Farm Copyright © 2011–2017 All Rights Reserved

No part of this document or the related files may be reproduced or transmitted in any form, by any means (electronic, photocopying, recording, or otherwise) without the prior written permission of the author.
Please note that much of this publication is based on personal experience and anecdotal evidence. Although the author has made every reasonable attempt to achieve complete accuracy of the content, they assume no responsibility for errors or omissions. Also, you should use this information as you see fit, and at your own risk. Your particular situation may not be exactly suited to the examples illustrated here; in fact, it’s likely that they won’t be the same, and you should adjust your use of the information and recommendations accordingly.
Any trademarks, service marks, product names or named features are assumed to be the property of their respective owners, and are used only for reference. There is no implied endorsement if we use one of these terms, unless otherwise specified.

It's Not The Destination...

Embrace The Detours & 
Enjoy The Journey 

If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things. Henry Miller
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"If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things." -- Henry Miller





To A Life Of Simplicity
Happy Homesteading!
~ Susan & Rick
Celtic Acres Farm




If you have a question or comment, you can leave it below, and I will do my best to respond.  Please keep your comments civil and clean.  I reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments. 



About the Author:
Susan along with her husband, Rick, are the owners of Celtic Acres Farm, an organic, self-sufficient, off-grid farm where they raise chickens, ducks, goats and a pig, rescue dogs and cats, grow their own heirloom, non-gmo produce, create handmade crafts and home décor items, and strive to live a self-sustaining lifestyle while attempting to carve out that little piece of paradise where they can live free, breathe free and commune with nature.
Celtic Acres Farms is committed to healthy animals, a greener planet, recycling-reusing-repurposing, while maintaining our rural heritage and sharing it with others. We believe that we must all lead the way to a more sustainable future while never forgetting the things of the past. 

Celtic Acres Farm Copyright © 2011–2017 All Rights Reserved

No part of this document or the related files may be reproduced or transmitted in any form, by any means (electronic, photocopying, recording, or otherwise) without the prior written permission of the author.
Please note that much of this publication is based on personal experience and anecdotal evidence. Although the author has made every reasonable attempt to achieve complete accuracy of the content, they assume no responsibility for errors or omissions. Also, you should use this information as you see fit, and at your own risk. Your particular situation may not be exactly suited to the examples illustrated here; in fact, it’s likely that they won’t be the same, and you should adjust your use of the information and recommendations accordingly.
Any trademarks, service marks, product names or named features are assumed to be the property of their respective owners, and are used only for reference. There is no implied endorsement if we use one of these terms, unless otherwise specified.



If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/h/henrymille139286.html?src=t_destination
If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things. Henry Miller
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/h/henrymille139286.html?src=t_destination