We moved onto Blackberry Run Homestead on the last day of June a few decades ago. The only animals we had at the time were a dog and a cat. It was a very exciting time for our family. We bought our place from a young couple who raised Bluetick Coonhounds and had a Jack […]
We used to have cows here at Blackberry Run Homestead. That was about 20 years ago. I love cows, but will never raise them again. We started our herd with two Hereford heifers and a borrowed Limousin bull. Off and running with some very nice calves the following year. A short while later though, we […]
It’s the last day of 2017 so I thought it would fun to make a short video of everybody coping with the frigid temperatures.
Disbudding goats is a bad practice. I’ll say it again. Disbudding goats is a bad practice. Hyperbole, yes. My opinion, yes. Incorrect statement, no and I will explain why. Again, my opinion. I have raised several breeds of goats over the last couple of decades. Alpine, Nubian, Pygmy and Nigerian Dwarf goats. I have owned […]
At the start of 2017, Blackberry Run Homestead had a population of 18 Pekin ducks and approximately two dozen Mallard ducks. All of our duck people made it through a comparatively mild, yet unending winter. When spring finally arrived so did the predators. They came in seemingly unending waves. 2017 is easily the worst year […]
This was the first snow day of the winter season. For many of our livestock, it was their first time experiencing snow. The turkeys seemed to be the most put off by the light snowfall. (This is my first attempt at video so please be kind.)