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Farm Name: Harmony Acres Farm

Year Farm Established: 2010

Location: Meadville, PA

Years I’ve been farming: 5 years

Animals I raise: Goats, Ducks,and chickens. Hopefully soon we will have fainting goats, cows, alpacas...

Hobbies I enjoy: Canning, Sewing, making things from concrete, building things, I also sell herbal supplements and vitamins and personal care products!

The proudest moment on my farm: When Halo gave me a kiss for the first time!!!

Pets: Scout- German Shep pup
Emma- German Shep pup
Chubby- Chubby frog
3 toads my kids like to catch them....
Snickers our calico kitten
Thor- Chow/Lab mix puppy

Farm Motto: God gave you two hands, one to help yourself, and the other to help someone else!!!!

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  Looks like such a lovely farm. Beautiful chickens!

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03/08/2012 04:59.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Your New Alpaca Congratulations!
Ok, so now you have him, don't feed him goat pellets, too high in copper. Mine get their own pellets (alpaca) and I will add haystretcher pellets if the hay isn't very good and also soak a bucket of shredded beet pulp and offer that. They get more alfalfa leaf hay and 2nd cut orchard grass hay when they are skinnies as they eat it better. Cracked corn may get stuck in their teeth and cause lumpy jaw and a tooth infection. Mostly just CHECK HIS FECAL for parasites. You can try Safeguard at 1 cc per 10 lbs syringed into the back of the mouth along the cheek every day for 5 days to help drop the parasite load. It MAY help. But if you get a positive fecal back I could tell you what to treat with and how much if I get the parasite type and the alpacas' weight. You can pull an eyelid down and if the inside skin is white then he probably has the blood sucking gut parasites and may need a different treatment to get rid of them. Good luck with your rescue boy, what did you NAME HIM?

Come visit me, Imaginary Alpaca Ranch (& Chickens!).

07/13/2011 07:02.20 AM Report This Comment  
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  Hi Harmony
3-4 hours is easy and right now my farm is near the turnpike. I rent my pastures and am looking for a new lease situation where I can be the boss of what goes on without interference. I need to feed the alpacas extra hay sometimes, and that needs to be done OFF THE GROUND in a covered feeder. Also, even though they LOVE to get wet in the summer to cool off, get their bellies and legs hosed down, they tend to put their feet in the water trough. So I need to get a taller water trough OR and probably better would be to put a cover on the top so they can't put their feet in the trough. It's all about keeping the parasite exposure down. Visitors are always welcome! Now get busy blogging here so we can come to your site here and see what is up with your farm!

Come visit me, Imaginary Alpaca Ranch (& Chickens!).

02/10/2011 10:43.37 AM Report This Comment  
  How's the construction going on?

No snow yet, but had ice cycles as long as a foot off the roof last Friday. Both Hubby and P2 had the Flu A and I'm still fighting broncitius.

If ONLY I could stop coughing. It got some bad one time at the pig pen that I lost a rubber boot in the muck with the pigs. I guess Ruby knew I was feeling so bad that when I went to feed up the next morning, she had removed the boot from the muck and had it right by the gate. She got an extra marshmellow for that.

P2 and Summer show at State this Sunday and Monday, by the skin of their teeth. The Pitchards gave us a helping hand at District to keep P2's dream of State ALIVE.

We go from rain to dry over night and you just don't know how to dress for this kind of weather until you are 1/2 way through feeding up.

I put P2's show roosters in with his flock so they could come into the coop at night and have some heat. They run up to you when feeding the hens and want your attetnion. So I'll pick up one or two walk them around the yard. Got to keep them friendly for competition in October.

P2's new flock want be in until the end of March and maybe this weather will be stable enough for chick and child to be outside.

Ruby is in her second heat and I don't know if Mr. G will be big enough to do what I need him to do at the end of March. Not looking for a huge litter, just a healthy one of three at the most in piglets. But I have to I will push the breeding date back a couple more months. Just hope she has a litter and they are weaned by mid-October so P2 can show her as a sow.

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02/09/2011 11:30.36 AM Report This Comment  
  I myself just got into horses. Started with one then two. I got Harry 3 months ago and Hawk came last night. Harry is a Tennesse Waker and Hawk is a Fox Trotter. Wow do i get a work out now. We have 75 ish chickens. 2 dogs. Ijust sold all of my goats. The last 4 that left were fainting goats. Actully i did not care for them. Had goats most of my life. Good luck.

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11/21/2010 03:59.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Spinning Fiber Demo really helps the learning!
Spin Off magazine has free pdf files for download and one of them is how to spin on a drop spindle. They are part of the Interweave family of magazines. There are also demos on You Tube.

You need to learn hands on by another person that spins. That really is the fastest way because they can show you the right way to do it.

There are dvd's out there for spinning basics and advanced versions. Online is Little House Spinning and Weaving Shop. She is right here in my town of Clyde Ohio and has had the shop for 30 years. Has 800 phone service for orders as not online as she is in the country and used to raise a flock of sheep along with her 7-8 children!!

There also may be a SPINNING GUILD near enough to you that you could go attend one of their meetings and find a spinner to teach you how to drop spindle (cheapest and portable method, about $5 or try out different spinning wheels at a cost up to $500 or so). There are even some out there home made out of pvc pipe.

As a farmer you have to be innovative and maybe you could barter something to get a used working wheel. Be careful as lots of old wrecked wheels are out there (antiques!).

The main thing is learn to spin with carded sheep rovings as it grabs onto itself the best and find the staple length of the fleece you are working with. Hold your hands half the distance of the staple length and as you feed the fibers out the twist will come up and make yarn and you won't drop the spindle!
Cheers, Bonnie Van Meter, Clyde, Ohio

Come visit me, Imaginary Alpaca Ranch (& Chickens!).

11/14/2010 02:41.20 PM Report This Comment  
  Harmony Acres About those alpacas...
You can just get a couple to enjoy if you are doing a mixed farm. Right now in November, Dutch is getting weaned and needs to go to a new home because our winter barn is crowded. He is a huacaya. His first fleece can be spun. His second fleece will be more uniform from skin to tip and can be sent in to a spin off competition with only 2 full oz of fleece in the bag. Dutch would need a companion and on our farm, Accoyo Trik is a white suri boy a year older but they are close to the same size cause Dutch grew fast!! I am most interested in those two going to a good home soon!

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11/14/2010 02:28.15 PM Report This Comment  
  Be careful, came home last night to the rocking chairs off the front porch and the pvc run that we put the chicks in to eat green grass not where we left it last. They are calling for our front to come in on Thursday. Sure wish it would bring some rain with it to settle the dust around the place. But will take what the Good Lord gives.

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10/27/2010 07:15.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Good Morning!
Yes, my daughter is planning to learn to spin. Which is very funny! When her older sister was raising sheep and spinning, she wouldn't have anything to do with it. Now her sister has moved to Idaho, along with her spinning wheel and know-how, and she wants to spin!

Come visit me, Larkshire Farm.

10/26/2010 08:11.34 AM Report This Comment  
  fair pics are posted

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10/26/2010 08:00.23 AM Report This Comment  
  You will NEVER go back to store bought eggs unless you have to. Congrats on the newest members of the extended family.

Well I'm dog tired and back at work. Noone understand what I went through, got the animals all safe to the fair on Tuesday. I stayed from can to can't, at least we lived 20 miles from the fair grounds. Came home to the chickens, dogs, cat and fish. Left before sunrise and came home well aftersun set. Well that's enough about me.

My son impressed the daylights out of me. He was up and at it with a swollen hand (left) due to a yellow jacket stining him. He fought a swollen hand all week long. I did not have to ask him to feed, water or clean up after the animals. I asked him to stay out of the pig pen since there was two and their pen was 5x6. Put he helped out when we got them out to the show pen to walk. I'm PROUD of that boy.

Lets see he got a 1st on his caterpillar cake in the 4H building and a 3rd with his standing sunflower in a pot made out of pop sicle sticks, out of 5 dz eggs he only place a 2nd with his Cubulyan eggs (which is fine because last year he got a 1st with his green eggs), then he got a 2nd with his Fair Essay for the 4th grade and we could not find his magnets, bookbag or hat (we did get them back but no ribbons). For livestock he got Grandchampion in showmanship for his pigs, Ruby won 2nd, Garnet was shown in the Pee-Wee class by a 2 yr old who got 1st and then Reserve Champion and best in show for small animals. Summer got 1st in her class, 2nd in Showmanship and 3rd when they call them back (very hard to show against 2 cow/calf pairs).

Overall the animals did great and were ready to go home as soon as they saw the truck and trailer pull up. The pig loaded themselves up and all the "grown" men had they jaw to the ground watching 2 pigs load up with noone forcing them in....LOL....

Now if I can get some sleep and recover from this and get Summer back on track (she has another show on the 12th and 13th of Nov).

Come visit me, The Homestead.

10/26/2010 06:48.43 AM Report This Comment  
  Well the fair is over with, yes! Everyone is settling back into their home routen.

How do you like your chickens? Do you know what age they are?

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10/25/2010 09:09.35 AM Report This Comment  
  Good Morning!
We raise Nubians. This year we will be breeding to a Boer buck. My daughter is hoping to pick up a couple of Angora goats next year.

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10/22/2010 08:23.30 AM Report This Comment  
  House Climbing
That is too funny!
I guess it's true what one farmer told me, "If it won't hold water, it won't hold a goat!"

Come visit me, The Back 40.

10/21/2010 08:38.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Chasing Goats
Thanks so much for the advice. I know my husband will really appreciate it. We will most likely wait until spring to restock our livestock. The chicken coop is in desperate need of remodeling (some unseen access point needs to be taken care of) and it will take some to built our "goat yard." Mom wants goats but is concerned about them walking on her car!

Come visit me, The Back 40.

10/19/2010 09:13.19 AM Report This Comment  
  Goat Quarters
What kind of shelter do you have for your goats? This is the big debate going on between my husband and I right now!

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10/17/2010 05:56.16 PM Report This Comment  
  I'll let you know what he gets. Just hope like all get out that we all make there and back with no problems.

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10/17/2010 05:46.58 PM Report This Comment  
Thanks so much for the encouragement. We certainly need it! There's a dispute between my mother and father about the land. My mother would readily give us five acres in the back until we can afford to buy all of the property. My father is a whole other story! Mom knows they can't maintain the property on their own much longer and understands that we need to build our own place. We have three strapping young boys who help out a lot and it would be better if we were just a short walk away so we can help Grandma and Grandpa. So, before we get to building any goat sheds or anything else we have to sort out our understanding about the land! The chicken house is already up....long story. It's frustrating. So in the meantime, my husband reads and reads. One of these days...

Come visit me, The Back 40.

10/17/2010 01:00.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Peacock Eggs
We let a broody chicken set on some peacock eggs, but they did not develop properly. I have heard that silkie hens do a great job. All of our hatches were via the Brinsea incubator, which has a fan to circulate air and a turner. Still air incubators typically do not give good results with pea eggs. I hope next year goes great for you! I'm already looking forward to the next breeding season. :)

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10/17/2010 12:49.01 PM Report This Comment  
  Fowl stories
The story of your ducks greeting your boys when the school bus arrives is delightful. Of our current chicken flock we have one young Rhode Island Hen (she was born this past Feb.) who escapes from the chicken yard everyday because she'd rather be around people than other chickens. When I'm outside working she follows me around like a dog. Will ride in the wheel barrow and now comes running when she sees I'm going into the house so she can follow me right in. Yesterday she found a dish of cat food in the kitchen and helped herself. Too bad chickens can't be housebroken as I think it would be a hoot to have a chicken for a house pet. Perhaps I could make her a diaper.

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10/17/2010 09:45.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Peacock Eggs
We can ship some next spring/summer when they start laying again. We had a pretty good hatch rate in 2010. Peacock eggs are very hard to incubate and hatch. You really have to watch the temperature, and they have to be turn very regularly in the incubator. We use a Brinsea incubator with a autoturner.

Come visit me, Bentwillow Bunnies & Pittsboro Peafowl.

10/16/2010 07:53.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for the Hello!
Thanks for welcoming me to the community. I love your pictures and am so jealous of your animals. We'll get to that point one of these days...

Come visit me, The Back 40.

10/16/2010 05:31.43 AM Report This Comment  
  Well P2 put 14 baby chicks into the mineral bucket this morning and we are waiting on the rest. He had one out but he decided he wasn't dry enough to move and two more were rocking and peep holes. So I'll see how they are doing when I get home from work.

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10/15/2010 06:50.36 AM Report This Comment  
  Love your pics.

Well fair is next week and I think both the show pig and heifer are starting their 1st cycle. That's our luck. P2 (son) bounced into our bed room just a cheering his 2 dz eggs that he set 19 days ago, well one is starting to hatch. So may be this afternoon we will get to see what color chicks these will be. A lady just gave P2 2 dz purple looking eggs, because when she need eggs to back with he gave her some at no charge.

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10/14/2010 07:13.22 AM Report This Comment  
  What breed or breeds did you all go with on the chickens?

Took P2 to the Pike County Livestock Show. We saw kids that we met back at the Amite Open Beef Show and now P2 wants to show a goat or two. I told him maybe next year. We got to get Summer and Ruby shown this year.

I need to find an ethic class for P2 to take so he can show in 2011. I found a PQA class for Pork, looking for a BQA for Beef and an 4-H ethics class that is closer then the other side of the state...LOL

Summer, P2's show calf, weight 505 pounds and she was born on April 2. Ruby only gained a pound in one week and hubby is screaming don't go by the weight tape because she may be gainning muscle and not fat around the belly. A pig weigh scale is over 2 g's and if P2 doesn't want to show after this year, keeping a weight log won't be that important.

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09/13/2010 07:12.35 AM Report This Comment  
My Rouens are about 4 months old now. I thought I had no drakes, but I went out the other day and 2 had green bills! That gives me 2 trios. Very happy. Mama cat had a litter of 4. I could have sworn this cat never went outside! They look Siamese, no idea where she found a tomcat!

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09/12/2010 01:45.01 PM Report This Comment  
  We all were having to same problem about not getting onto the blogs. But you could get onto the message board that they have. You may want to jump on there and see what's going on if you haven't done that already.

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08/30/2010 07:18.55 AM Report This Comment  
We got started in Alpacas by doing to many different farms, some as far away as Maine & did a lot of research and finally selected Suri's. We spent 1 year doing the research & another 6 months getting things ready (barn & fencing). We bought 2 weanling girls & they gave us an older non-breeder female to act as a "babysitter" which they then gave us. We plan to breed the 2 girls in September. Go to Alpaca Nation as they have tons of good info to share. We also have horses & chickens, and we keep the alpacas separated from the horses, although we do use the same pastures at times. Thanks for visiting our site.

Come visit me, Rohan Acres.

08/29/2010 08:16.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Thanks about the suggestion about the grit filter. Hubby installed on and we are going through a 6 mth old filter every 2 wks.

Feeding up in the morning is a major pain when it's rainning and P2 can't help because of his asthma and it seems when he get wet he gets sick. But rather have the rain then being in the middle of a drought.

You know, I'd started collecting the grass clippings for the animals when we cut the grass around the house. Hubby says he's going to have to get the hay mower out there in a few weeks to cut around the house. Just don't have the time to get on the lawnmower with P2 starting school, me going back to work, the 4H projects and driving from one end of Louisiana to another picking up animals. I've spent more this past month on my butt driving then anything else. Oh and the hay that's sitting on my butt and driving the tractor.

But we got a free run now and awaiting on the 7 chicks in the incubator to hatch. They should be some interesting looking babies. The moms are cooper maran and the dad is a new jersey black giant.

Now if we can only get P2's show calf up and moving to get those hooves trimmed natural we will be in good shape.

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08/18/2010 06:45.12 AM Report This Comment  
  What gets me is that people don't understand all the things that have to be done at home before you can leave. Right now I'm trying to figure out how to feed up and get ready for work and not smell like I've been rolled in the pig pen. It's my hair I think, and the shampoo and conditioner that I use doesn't help either. Not to mention that the new water well hasn't settled and when you take a bath, you've got grit from that, too. I guess I wasn't made to be a pretty lady....LOL...

Well the tropical depression #5 came for a revisit and we are getting the rain. Maybe this will be enough to get another field of 2 of hay. Still don't have enough to make it through the winter for the cattle and no rye grass hay this year once again...:-(

Pressing on and not making any wine, what about you?

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08/17/2010 06:59.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Well I had it out this morning with the Gre-Gre (cat). She was out and about when I let the dogs out and she decided that "I" needed to come get her and bring her to feed. Well me being me took the high road, the only animals that food taken to them is the chickens, pigs and pheasants. I'm not going in knee deep grass to pick her up and take her back to the house. In the mist of all this I had put the dogs back up. So I rattled her food and put it on the steps and if she comes back, well then good she can eat and if she stays out there in the deep grass she can find a mouse. I know I'm a mean person, however, we all our rounds to do, baths to take and then P2 has to be at school for 15 after 7 and then I'm off to work. Something has to give, besides my temper...LOL

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08/16/2010 06:17.25 AM Report This Comment  
  Well normally if the cat is a Calico then it's a female. How old does she look? If she is nothing but skin and bones and is old enough to have kittens, maybe she had a litter at the old house?

Love the name you all choose for her. She'll come around in a few weeks.

Gre-Gre, because we tried to give her away to three different milk barns and she always found her way back, came home and is now living under the house. Better protection from the through out dog since she gets off the chain ONLY when I'm outside. Don't trust the dog around any of the birds. I could only imagine how this dog would of reacted with a rabbit have free range around the house. P2 (son) would of came out of the house and shot up the place if the dog would of went after his rabbit. But the rabbit had to go to another family when his asthma dr said no more rabbits for him...:-(

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08/13/2010 07:07.26 AM Report This Comment  
  What's the sex of the kitten?

Gre-Gre our gray cat came home she's been hiding out in the woods and is nothing but skin and bones. Trying my best to make the through out dog understand she was here way before she was and she is going to stay.

What's the old saying about cats ands dogs??

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08/12/2010 01:38.06 PM Report This Comment  
  With the chicken coop after we built it, hubby and I decided it would of cost way less if we bought a shed and remodeled it to fit the chicken's needs. But oh well, love my coop and chicken run and when I get this through out dog trainned not to kill chickens they can free range again. The crickets are GETTING TO ME!!!!!

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08/12/2010 11:17.54 AM Report This Comment  
  Husband says no to chickens..boo Its like a wait and see kind of deal, so until then I shall live vicariously through my chicken owning bloggers.

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08/12/2010 12:17.53 AM Report This Comment  
  LOL...if I don't stay busy I spend money, in one fashion or the other.

But I did remember I was typing along the lines of making jelly and jams with the figs and then the weather turn dry and now the chickens won't eat the dried up figs.

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08/11/2010 12:36.36 PM Report This Comment  
  3rd time is the charm. Hobby Farms must be having problems. I've done forgot what I typed the first 2 times already...LOL

Anyways you all stay busy like we have. Our hot water heater went out, then the heavy equipment that rolled by the house to drill the new well and pulled some pipe from under the house. The we are having issues with the through out dog. Life is like a cake, you have to put it all together to get something out of it.

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08/11/2010 08:13.09 AM Report This Comment  
  We had cattle from the start thanks to my husbands family farm. The our son wanted chickens for a while. Then he wanted pigs, so we got him (2) Land/York barrows and could not keep them CLEAN due to the Mississippi Red Clay. Son got fed up trying to keep them clean and started saving for a red pair. We slaighters the two barrows (talk about good meat here, OMG it GOOD). Thinking about taken our deep freeze calf to this place when he old enough. Had to put an ad out for Ruby/Garnet and Mr. D.J. from Leeseville, LA called us up and the rest is history. Inbetween the two sets of pigs, a lady at my son Dr's office asked him if he would take a mating pair of pheasants and that's how we got Pat/Camo. Now he's talking about hair sheep or a pair of goats and I'm screaming "NO" to both, just don't have enough money right now to build a pen and shelter for that. Then P2 (son) has his show heifer and Ruby (pig) is his show pig. Then there is the fish and the tadpoles that have just lost their tail and now have legs and were released into the pond, under the fig tree and in the sheds because he had too many toads in his tank. He's been wanting a donkey or a llma (sp?), but hasn't spoken about it for a while.

We have a few more weeks and then we will be in the Fall calving and then once they all have their babies, we will be breeding again. Then Spring calving will be here and before you know it so will be the new year.

What every you go with, hope you enjoy them and don't walk away from them mad. Animals are funney that way they will remember the bad stuff longer then the good stuff.

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08/10/2010 07:43.38 AM Report This Comment  


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