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  1. Larsen Poultry Ranch

    Larsen Poultry Ranch - homesteading journey

    The weather people are saying we have an "atmospheric river" and it will last a few days. Joy. At least it's not supposed to get as cold again, just down to the 40s.
  2. Larsen Poultry Ranch

    Larsen Poultry Ranch - homesteading journey

    So. Much. Wind. :th It didn't get down to freezing last night, which was great because it was so windy the frost cloths blew off the plants. The Harbor Freight carport for the rabbits is thin tube steel, one side of the roof tarp has been catching water each time it rains and pooled enough...
  3. Larsen Poultry Ranch

    Larsen Poultry Ranch - homesteading journey

    Didn't get the structure up but did remember to put some frost cloths out. We have a sheet set that is ridiculously short and pops off the matress every time you sit on the bed, so that was repurposed as more frost cloths. I think it worked, got the avocadoes, guavas, mangos, and banana covered...
  4. Larsen Poultry Ranch

    Larsen Poultry Ranch - homesteading journey

    Hard freeze warning for tonight, I think we are too low elevation for snow though. Supposed to rain a lot this week. :( Not sure if I should do something with the new orchard trees. Still need to set up the second bunny structure and repurpose part of it for the more delicate plants. There's...
  5. Larsen Poultry Ranch

    Larsen Poultry Ranch - homesteading journey

    Things are growing!! The comfrey root has leaves and the Jelly Bean blueberry is starting some buds. The garlic I planted is starting to come up. This past week we got two loads of wood chips, for free! Our family friend is a contractor and working a job less than 6 miles from our place and...
  6. Larsen Poultry Ranch

    Larsen Poultry Ranch - homesteading journey

    I want to tan them, we have been saving them in the freezer since we started butchering. We just haven't had time to do the tanning yet. I think we have maybe 7-8 gallon ziplock bags of pelts, each with 4ish pelts. Hubby is getting frustrated it's starting to take up a bunch of space in the...
  7. Larsen Poultry Ranch

    Larsen Poultry Ranch - homesteading journey

    I checked Sugar's kits, looks like she has 7, plus the one she lost, so she's doing great. This is her second litter. So we have 9 kits from the first group, and 11 in the second. Next group is due in 3 weeks or so. Pics of Raspberry and her kits.
  8. Larsen Poultry Ranch

    Larsen Poultry Ranch - homesteading journey

    Omg, Cinnamon totally outfoxed me. It looked like she didn't have her nest made because the fur was towards the front of the box. She had 4 babies, probably same time as Sugar or even last night. I bet it was last night. I'm so annoyed with myself I didn't feel the nest instead of just looking...
  9. Larsen Poultry Ranch

    Larsen Poultry Ranch - homesteading journey

    Thanks for the recipe! I definitely want to try making jam. If the fig starts live I'll have close to 10 varieties of figs, they are all supposed to have different flavors. I just bought the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving, so that should get me started.
  10. Larsen Poultry Ranch

    Larsen Poultry Ranch - homesteading journey

    Sugar had her kits this morning, one was on the wire and the rest in the box. I gathered the extra fur that was everywhere and put it in the nest box, there were at least 4 there. I tried to resuscitate the cold kit but it never moved. Coffee and Cinnamon are also due within the next few days.
  11. Larsen Poultry Ranch

    Larsen Poultry Ranch - homesteading journey

    Raining today, supposed to be dry tomorrow and then rain again Sunday. Not helping get the yardwork done. We still have 3 bare root trees to get into the ground. I hope they will live, they are in a bag with damp shavings around the roots and the bag keeps coming undone. Last night I was able...
  12. Larsen Poultry Ranch

    Larsen Poultry Ranch - homesteading journey

    I do think it would be nice to get our own honey and I know it will be great to boost pollination of my fruit plants, I just hate getting stung. Last time I was stung I used a Benadryl gel medication, it took the swelling down in about 30 minutes to almost nothing. Still took almost a week...
  13. Larsen Poultry Ranch

    DIY Rabbit Cages

    I'm in California, we don't have Rural King here. :(
  14. Larsen Poultry Ranch

    Larsen Poultry Ranch - homesteading journey

    I'm excited for the cuttings I started, several more are now showing buds and the first couple have actual leaves! Little bitty leaves but definite leaf shape and a happy bright green color. I might be starting some seeds for the garden soon. I think last potential frost is beginning of March...
  15. Larsen Poultry Ranch

    Larsen Poultry Ranch - homesteading journey

    I hope so! We put the orchard on the north side of the property, next to the fence as the neighbor started their orchard right there too, was hoping the trees would cross pollinate and we'd both get better harvests. The field-now-orchard should get full sun most of the day, and once we take out...
  16. Larsen Poultry Ranch

    Larsen Poultry Ranch - homesteading journey

    I'm so tired. :th After dealing with most of the pine rounds Saturday morning, I kinda splurged on bare root trees at the local nursery on Saturday afternoon. I ended up getting 16, plus a potted apple as they didn't have any bare root apples. Shortly before going to the nursery, I bought...
  17. Larsen Poultry Ranch

    Larsen Poultry Ranch - homesteading journey

    And our pup Liberty has come home with us. Not fully potty trained and we still haven't finished the fenced yard but we are going to try to make it work. We worked in the yard today and got a lot done. We removed the frankensteined fence and pulled out the t posts. Then we removed the former...
  18. Larsen Poultry Ranch

    Larsen Poultry Ranch - homesteading journey

    Bunnies have their eyes open and can hop into and out of the nest boxes. 😍
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