My favourite YouTube channels

The list was released as a “holiday gift guide” on my YouTube channel but since it’s a list of other recommended YouTube channels and not a list of stuff to try and get under the tree before Christmas morning, I figured it’d be fine to save this one for a little later on to post to the blog.

Anyway, here is a very condensed list of some YouTube channels that I really enjoy. Keep in mind this list is incredibly abbreviated as there are so many great people sharing what they do on Youtube. But, for a quick place to start, here are some you may have heard of and maybe some you’ve never seen before. Check them out and enjoy!

Trollsky: https://www.youtube.com/user/Trollskyy
Ekim Knives: https://www.youtube.com/user/EKIM1428
Walter Sorrells: https://www.youtube.com/user/slappybu…
NuManXplore: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClCh…
BlueDogGarage: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYSw…
Green Beetle: https://www.youtube.com/user/greenbee…
Jimmy Diresta: https://www.youtube.com/user/jimmydir…
Laura Kampf: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRix…
The King of Random – Grant Thompson: https://www.youtube.com/user/01032010814
Izzy Swan: https://www.youtube.com/user/rusticma…
NYC CNC: https://www.youtube.com/user/saunixcomp
Wranglerstar: https://www.youtube.com/user/wrangler…
Life in Farmland: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG3f…
Wilderness Outfitters: https://www.youtube.com/user/wilderne…
Hickok45: https://www.youtube.com/user/hickok45
Joe Robinet Bushcraft: https://www.youtube.com/user/josephal…
Sensible Prepper: https://www.youtube.com/user/Sensible…

2016 Strathmore Heritage Days Stampede starts now!

Our favourite weekend of the year is here! So stoked for all the fun and activities and some good ole fashioned visiting with friends and family. We’ll be vlogging the weekend. A highlight for us this year will be the boys trying to get on a pony in the wild pony races. Here’s day one that came with the first attempt to ride. The boys did fairly well for their first attempt and and now they know what to expect, let’s hope night two gets them closer to riding a pony!

Preparing the pasture for the horses and cows

fencingThe little bottle-feeder cows we picked up a few months ago are really starting to fill out. We have completely weened them from the bottle and have been eating just hay for about a month now. With that being the case, it’s time to get them out to pasture.

A few weeks back our neighbour had rented a post pounder for a long weekend. He had  mentioned that he’d only need it for a day at the most and if we wanted to do any fencing, we were welcome to use it as part of the same rental. Sweet! The entire fence on the front of our property was in really rough shape (missing posts, most of wire gone) and we also wanted to get some cross fencing done so we can use our land to feed some of our animals.

The horses are really loving all the open space they now have
The horses are really loving all the open space they now have

So I helped my neighbour with his fence  posts and he, along with my father-in-law, helped put in the fence posts for all of the fencing that we had wanted to do. That was a few weeks maybe even a month ago.

Fast forward to last week: time to finish off the fence. Part of the process was simply stringing and stretching the wire and part of it was to install two gates that we were given and were trying to re-use. Gates are expensive and when someone is just throwing them out; it seems a shame to just let them get tossed. I’ve had this sitting our land for about a year, and it’s great to actually have them put to use.

Lately we’ve had a whole lot of rain here (5 inches in just over a week) and that made for some boggy conditions for fencing. With the quad it wasn’t too bad, but with the bobcat, that things was getting stuck like crazy. Especially with the post auger installed. I ended up having to get quite creative with how I installed the first gate. Working alone usually leads to some interesting/hill-billy solutions.

Getting creative with machines, slings and come-alongs. The joys of working alone...
Getting creative with machines, slings and come-alongs. The joys of working alone…

But, after a concentrated effort last week (I was shocked it took the better part of a week) it’s great to have the cows and horses running around and grazing in the newly fenced pasture.

Here’s a little video from our YouTube channel about it. Cheers!

DIY Calf bottle holder

With our 4 calves now needing to be bottle-fed 4 times a day, it was high time to make a bottle holder. They are getting stronger and much more rambunctious during their feeding times. With all their head-butts and jerks on the nipples, it is getting harder and harder to keep the bottle under control and in hand while they slurp away. So, I decided it was time do a little homestead “automation”. Basically, a wooded frame that I cobbled together that will hold the bottles even when the calves are getting a little excited during their feeding. So far it’s working really well and has made feeding these little calves so much easier. I didn’t use any plans but just kind of slapped it together with material I had lying around. We are still getting in with them when they feed (the trust and reliance that they develop with us when they are young will make them much easier to handle when they out-weigh us by X-number of times) but it’s nice not to have to wrestle a bottle every time they need to eat.

Spring Bee Hive Maintenance

One item on our spring time to do list was check on the health of our bee hive. We had let proper care and concern for it slip away a little bit in the fall (we never took the honey super off, tapped it late) and were a little concerned as to what we might find now that spring is here. To our relief, the bees have done well over the winter in spite of our lack of proper care. A few days ago we headed out and did some required maintenance (clean the dead bees out, scrape out the mites etc…) and also tried to start another hive. We’ll see how that goes, but at least the one we have did well over the winter and the bees seem quite happy and content.

Twins!

Yesterday morning we woke up to the awesome surprise of two freshly born baby goats. Twins! Both boys and both really healthy and really cute. I never realized how tiny goats are when they are born. And, working with our baby cows so much lately makes these little goats seam almost miniature.

They look different but are indeed twins.
They look different but are indeed twins.
A brown kid with super tiny ears.
A brown kid with super tiny ears.
A white/blonde kid with super floppy ears.
A white/blonde kid with super floppy ears.

Now I think it’s time to go get some baby pyjamas. Cause that’s a thing you do with baby goats:)

Whatever it takes

We have 4 little calves running around on the homestead now, and these are just little guys. Bottle feeders that we picked up from a local feedlot. Originally we started with 5, but 3 days ago we lost one. Kind stinks but I guess that how it goes with these types of situations. Sometimes you can do everything in your power, and it just doesn’t work out.

We are at the same point again with Coby’s little calf, Sadie. She was taking the bottle really well, but has now been weakened by Scours, or diarrhea. We are now having to stomach tube her to make sure she gets her nutrients. Both the milk replacer and an electrolyte solution. It’s a pain, but, sometimes that what’s involved when you want to raise your own meat. I could only imagine what it would be like to have 40 or 50 or more calves at one time.

 

Cows and Computers

After the last two days of technical difficulty, I’ve had enough. I picked up a new computer and, we bought 5 little calves! Yesterday was a super busy day and super exciting! Now with bottle feeding these little guys, we’re going to be even busier for the next while.

Two and a half hours of video footage…gone.

This happened today. What a total flop, and so, so frustrating.

And this is a little video from last week for the boys school presentation.

New Zealand Bunny Babies

Our two oldest New Zealand does have both had babies recently. 8 days apart. For the first few days, I think these little bunnies look pretty ugly (I tell the kids they’re uncooked pork dumplings. That in itself is pretty gross) but after a few days they start to get hair and start to get a little cuter.

This is the bunnies at 24hrs old.
This is the bunnies at 24hrs old.
These bunnies are 10 days old and look more like bunnies everyday.
These bunnies are 10 days old and look more like bunnies everyday.

I think one of the more amazing things about living out here and having animals, is for the kids to see life happen. With the pairing up of our buck and doe rabbits to breed (yup, they know that part) to the seeing a doe start to pull hair to make a nest in preparation for birth. Then, the little bunnies growing up, getting noticeably bigger every day and become full sized rabbits. Even I find it so fascinating to see life happen over and over again. The kids love and it’s an experience that we as parents are proud and grateful to be able to give them.

Eyes still haven't opened yet, but they're sure cute.
Eyes still haven’t opened yet, but they’re sure cute.