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Discussion in 'New Sufficient Self Member Introductions' started by Ayla_noemi, Feb 23, 2018.

  1. Feb 23, 2018
    Ayla_noemi

    Ayla_noemi Lovin' The Homestead

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    Hello,

    I moved from Tacoma, Washington state to Union County Florida in early winter 2016. I grew up in the mountains of Puerto Rico so I have some idea of what making the most out of everything was like back there. I spent 12 years in the Army as a nurse where I obtained some useful skills. I am married my husband was an Army medic for about 8 years. We have two kids a 7 years old boy and 3 year old girl. We have 5 acres of sandy flat land with minimal shade. We have a barn that we remodeled when we moved in. We have a small workshop and storage shed. We are currently working on building more coops in order to separate our poultry by breed. We recently redid our pasture fence and installed an automated sprinkler system in our yard area. We also planted fruit trees and bushes around our yard perimeter. We hope to add a pond or two in the near future but not sure how best to go about it. We intend to use it for the animals. As far as animals we have a pair of Cand Corso dogs. For farm animals we have a pair of donkeys who have recently given us our first baby, a mini herd of Kathadin sheep, a mini herd of Nigerian dwarf goats, a couple of pot belly pigs which we were gifted and three Kune Kune sows which we purchased and three male rabbits of different breeds which we were gifted. As far as poultry we have a mini flock of Bourbon red turkeys, a small flock of Toulouse geese, a small flock of mix breed ducks and of course chickens. There is also a leopard tortoise somewhere in our property who is currently enjoying the great outdoors. Hope I see her again soon. We currently have two tumblers for compost and we want to add a green house for eddibles soon. Oh and I definitely need a bigger pantry! So much to do come August both my kids will be in school so I’ll have nothing but time. I think that about sums us up. Look forward to browsing through your posts and picking your brains.
     
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    sumi

    sumi Sustainability Master Administrator

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    Welcome to the forum! It's great to have you here :)
     
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    NH Homesteader

    NH Homesteader Super Self-Sufficient

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    Welcome from NH! Thank you both for your service. I also have goats, heritage turkeys (chocolates) and chickens. Cane Corso dogs? Wow, that's an intense breed!!
    Looking forward to chatting with you! Sounds like you'll fit right in here!
     
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    frustratedearthmother Sustainability Master

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    Hi there and welcome from Texas! Ya'll jumped into homesteading with both feet, lol. Great to have you here. Look forward to hearing more from you. Thank you both for your service!

    We love pics around here so feel free to start showing off your critters!
     
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    Beekissed

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    :welcome I love the Katahdin sheep...used to have some. I've heard great things about the Cane Corso breed of dogs too. Can't wait to hear how you go along on your little homestead and with all your animals. :thumbsup
     
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    Britesea Sustainability Master

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    welcome and :thumbsup
     
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    Yeah my male is almost two 120 lbs and he swears he’s a lap dog sometimes. Also you can’t dance around him without him jumping on you and joining in. He’s very vocal with strangers but totally sweet. Whenever I have a family or friends over he picks out a new friend and is very protective of their children. Visitors can not upset children around him. He does not approve. But whenever a stranger comes over ie. not family or friend we put him away and pretend he is some kind of ferocious beast. It’s our anti theft plan. Lol. If anyone does ever come in he’ll probably just drool on them but they don’t need to know that. Our girl is only 4 months old and she is a beauty and supper spoiled I have allowed her to become a brat basically but she is supper friendly to everyone family, friend, stranger or animal especially babies (she’s a kisser).
     
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    Ayla_noemi

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    This is my pride and joy I know she’s not the highest quality mini donkey but she sure is sweet! Her name is Sugar.
     
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    Ayla_noemi

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    Yeah we’ve had two sets of twins so far and a singleton they are supper sweet. We found a forever home for our first twins which were orphaned (we lost mom at delivery). They are therapy animals at a school for special needs children. I couldn’t be happier with their new home and the family that runs the center have practically become friends they live almost an hour away and they come by about twice a month. They even gifted us a purchase of turkeys from a hatchery. Farming has led us to meet some great people! Brown ewe is only 75% Kathadin but she is such a great momma and her boy is absolutely beautiful and a Valentine’s baby too we named him Cupid. Lol. The orphaned twins we named Ying and Yang. 62DCD5F6-C71B-4329-B3BB-3ECCA1B6BBBC.jpeg E564C036-2835-49CB-A0DF-1CB66A08A49A.jpeg C10D9B7B-57C4-435E-A69F-C46DE3C163E8.jpeg
     
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    Beautiful dog! They sound lovely :)
     
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