Most folks in town “farm” in their backyard if they farm at all, right? There are a number of books on the subject, actually. It’s becoming more popular as people learn to produce their own goods to save money and learn about self-sufficiency. If we had our druthers we’d live on a piece of land with a backyard farm.
We farm in our basement…
That’s where mommy & daddy guinea pig are – Mr. & Mrs. Moonpie. Their babies, Brownie, Cupcake, Cookies & Twinkie live with them in lovely little cages downstairs.
The egg incubator has been there as well, and as chicks hatched, they were moved into a box in an upstairs bedroom under a lamp. It’s only temporary. They will be in the basement before long, and then they will be in the backyard.
Out of 7 that hatched, 5 are thriving, 1 has gimpy legs and probably won’t make it, and 1 did not survive. Any roosters that develop will be given away as we are not allowed to have roosters in city limits unless our neighbors don’t mind. And we have a neighbor who DOES mind, so we won’t keep them…
And stinkin’. They will require more effort on Roy’s part, but they are mostly his project anyway.
Out of 36 eggs, 7 hatched. That doesn’t seem like much, and yet, it’s probably perfect for us. Roy broke open an unhatched egg and it was simply not fertile. We are actually pleased with the results considering we had some “help” from a couple of curious girls who get excited about babies…
Some of the guinea pigs will move onto better places, too – at some point. My hubby has a hard time letting go of animals, and although we were told we bought 2 female guinea pigs, of course we purchased a mating pair, and now we get to deal with the results. sigh…
Our basement is sorta shaping up into a homework / study / farm and it’s working out well. Our floor remains unfinished and I think we’ll probably invest in some carpet remnant to cover it – and it will be a great living space. Between Algebra, Little Man’s recurrent colds, Roy’s work schedule – and two messie girls who inherited that trait honestly from their messie mommy – we still have some work to do. Even since my mother-in-law did a major overhaul.
I may be brave and show some basement pictures – beyond the animals – but I am not sure about that… I’m still figuring out how to get video posts done a little bit better, so we’ll take one thing at a time. Until then, we’re figuring out where we want things to go and how to transition to our backyard farm.
Girls started Tball practice every week now, so it’ll just get busier – but that’s okay! We enjoy Tball… 4H is getting into full swing, and that is always exciting for us, too. As school winds down these last 9 weeks, we’re preparing for summer and all that is coming with it!
The spring weather has us all sniffling and fighting sore throats – one day it’s 80, the next day it’s 50, and the next day we get a freeze warning for overnight. We’ve had our AC on once or twice, but have relied heavily on our living room ceiling fan and open windows for the most part.
Since Little Man has mastered going up – and down – the stairs, things have gotten easier, but until the basement is all squared away, he won’t be making his way downstairs just yet.
What do you have going on this spring?