Saturday, April 25, 2009

hungry naked sheep

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sheep look pretty! I'm so sorry about the bees. You are living my dream life. I need to buy your book. imogene

April 25, 2009 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger j.c. said...

They look so cute with their haircuts!

April 25, 2009 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger Tracy Bruring said...

You may want to advertise and see if anyone has a bear trap.

I am right there with you on the little things. I was headed for the garden this morning and there was a bright red cardinal on the sweet pea supports. He was singing to beat the band so I headed to do somthing else. The garden was his right at that moment. Bright red bird, bright green peas...great contrast...just no camera

April 25, 2009 at 10:47 AM  
Anonymous Cathy said...

Cute sheep!

April 25, 2009 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger kate said...

Jenna,

A question for you. I don't know if you've covered it yet, but I was wondering about the relative cost/value of certain options in homesteading.

For example, Bedlam Farm (a link on your site) is chronicling the closing of a local dairy farm due to economic realities.

So far, I have made decisions to grow a garden, which I have experience with, and plant an orchard, which I am enjoying immensely. I have physical space to do much more.

When I consider animals and poultry, I wonder about the economics, and if I'd be better off simply buying eggs and meat from a farm when I want them, and get the cash through something else, like writing.

I understand the intangibles and waking up to the animals, etc. Just want to know which part (if any) of the poultry and animal rearing can pay for itself.

Thanks!

Kate

April 25, 2009 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

hey kate,

You know, it depends how you go about it. Keeping a small flock of chickens for your own eggs can cost you 8 bucks a month or 200. It depends on how you want to go about it. Some hobby farmers buy 400-dollar pre-fab coops and spend a dollar a pound of feed, buying the most expensive stuff.

truth is 4 hens in an old doghouse on cinderblocks will lay you nearly 2 dozen free-range eggs a week for pennies. Do it. Sell extra eggs to friends and co-workers. In the summer my girl's eggs cover the cost of feed with eggs sold in the office.

Did that help?


Also, someone asked me if I could tell my sheep apart shorn. Yes! I know those three like the back of my hand.

April 26, 2009 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger kate said...

Thanks Jenna!

That helped a lot. Makes sense to keep start up costs down.

I also realized I could factor in saving from other food purchases for my dog and me. We both love eggs. I think it could be close enough not to be a worry: + cost of hen food/needs, - some cost of dog food and groceries.

Now I have to figure out my three day trips out of the area. You mentioned this once, but how long can hens be "on their own"?

Thanks!

Kate

April 26, 2009 at 9:33 AM  
Anonymous Annie said...

Hey Kate, hens are worth it no matter if they pay for themselves or not. We love all our chickens. In our area we did have to build a sturdy predator proof house to keep them safe but it's worth the money to us. We have 9 layers and we get 6-8 eggs a day. We're trying to develop a market!

Jenna so sorry about your bees. That really sucks. We have bees (and bears) and now I am worried about ours as well. Your sheep look pitiful but I bet they are much much happier without the fleece. I am having the shearer in tomorrow and it is costing me $50 EACH out here in northern CA. This is not sheep country, I guess. It is hard to find anyone at all, much less price shop.

I am dying to find someone to teach me to spin when I have the wool off. Mine are Shetlands so I get brown and tan instead of white. Do you ever dye your wool? I hear koolaid makes super dyes. Love to hear more about your projects.

April 28, 2009 at 12:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love your blog. Can't wait to hear more of your adventures. I use to have land but had to let it go with the economy. I am in town but I still have a garden which I love. My dream is to have a cabin with a couple of acres and get back to the country.
What do you do with your wool from the sheep? do you sell it? I'm a spinner and would love some of your wool.

Rowena Philbeck rphilbeck@archmail.tamu.edu

April 29, 2009 at 12:51 PM  

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