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  1. Jul 10, 2019
    Nostalgia1800

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    Hello all! My husband Dan and I (Heather) joined this forum along with the other backyard forums today. We recently moved in to our 1800's farm house on 40 acres and became turn-key farmers. Chickens, ducks, pigs, cows, calves, and in the future, turkeys! While very exciting there have also been a few stressful moments on the homestead. We were thrilled to discover this support group and look forward to soaking in as much knowledge as possible! We have 4 boys and homeschool so this farm has provided many lessons for them and they absolutely love it! 20190709_115210.jpg 20190709_115200.jpg
     
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    ninnymary

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    Welcome! Sounds like you are living your dream.

    Mary
     
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    thistlebloom

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    Welcome Nostalgia1800! looks like you did our favorite thing already and posted pictures! Four boys and 40 acres sounds like a perfect match, look forward to hearing about all your adventures.
     
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    flowerbug

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    wow! hello and welcome to TEG. :) that does sound rather adventuresome for sure! :)

    how long have you been there? do you keep a journal at all? :)

    i don't think i could jump in to all that from the start without some prior experience, that's a lot of animals and responsibilities. my main concern is simple safety because i just don't know what some of those animals will do and they're pretty big...

    thanks for the pictures. :)
     
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    Ridgerunner

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    Welcome from Louisiana, glad you joined. Grab your favorite beverage, pull up a chair, put your feet up, and make yourself to home.
     
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    ducks4you

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    :welcome from Central Illinois!!! You should put your location on your profile--state is good enough--so we know what zone and climate you live in.
     
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    so lucky

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    Welcome! Glad you found these forums. There are many knowledgeable folks here that will help. Be sure to read the older threads, as well as the current ones.
     
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    Nostalgia1800

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    Thank you! We're from Michigan. I'll be sure to add that to my page.
     
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    Nostalgia1800

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    Hi! We've been here for 3 months and are living our dream life. My husband grew up on a farm and my fraternal side of the family are farmers, so there is thankfully a bit of prior knowledge. I don't journal but I do take quite a few photographs. I used to journal and really need to make the time for it again! So many neat stories to document. :D
     
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    ducks4you

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    You will have problems with both weeds and insects. You will be maintaining 40 acres. I only have 5 acres.
    I suggest that you make your peace with dandelions and clover. Clover is good for the soil, and dandelions are only a suburban bain. Animals love to eat both of them. Purslane, too, is not a real problem.
    It is possible to maintain your property without chemicals, but it is very time consuming.
    I suggest, as you work on your 40 acres, that you sub divide it into much smaller units, and tackle part of one unit at a time. Otherwise, by year 2 you will feel overwhelmed. Just some fyi, year 19 on my "estate."
     
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