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Okie Roots Family Farm

Okie Roots Family Farm Pursuing self-sufficiency through deurbanization and homesteading. All glory be to God.

Operating as usual

09/05/2022

Wanting to live a simple life is not a step backwards. Wanting America to be an agrarian society again is not a step backwards. Wanting to live in peace and quiet and safety is not a step backwards. Wanting to work hard for what you have is not a step backwards. Wanting to change the system is not a step backwards.

It’s just taking America back to where she always should’ve stayed—free.

09/02/2022

Our first round of hatchlings! Enjoy!

When you have a baby and all of your friends get baby hungry.
08/20/2022

When you have a baby and all of your friends get baby hungry.

Our first successful hatch!  Good job, Bread!🐓 🐣
08/20/2022

Our first successful hatch! Good job, Bread!
🐓 🐣

This week we lost one of our little australorp roosters, Paul, to a rat snake that found its way into our coop. The snak...
08/03/2022

This week we lost one of our little australorp roosters, Paul, to a rat snake that found its way into our coop.

The snake and our little rooster were found between the wall of the coop and our large “maternity ward” nesting box. I believe Paul was being a good rooster and protecting the hen and clutch of eggs 😢. Thanks Ed (our giant brauma rooster) for being a bystander 😑

No eggs were lost, you did good Paul.

We trapped the young rat snake and set him loose across our property. Western Rat Snakes are valuable snakes to have around, just not in the chicken coop.

Egg-cellent progress! 🥁 Our girls have really been cranking out the eggs lately!  Along with being egg laying machines w...
08/03/2022

Egg-cellent progress! 🥁

Our girls have really been cranking out the eggs lately!

Along with being egg laying machines we have a battle of the broodies going on. Several of our hens want to hatch some babies 🐣
We are building more nesting boxes to hopefully ease the battles but as you can see these gals are straight up gangstas.

Hopefully between these faithful few we will have some chicks before too long. As you can see in my egg candling pics we’ve got little ones developing 😌

I’ve also picked up a new skill, water glassing, to help store our abundance of eggs. These eggs will stay good for several months even up to a couple of years! I’m not sure I’ll try my luck for that long but I’d love for these to get us through the winter.

Trying your hand at homie-self-sufficiency type stuff comes with a lot of learning curves…I follow several canning and h...
07/17/2022

Trying your hand at homie-self-sufficiency type stuff comes with a lot of learning curves…
I follow several canning and homestead-ish type groups to learn from the pros and in turn share our progress with you 😅

So we have some beef parts that I have no idea how to use. I searched the groups and found a post where a lady showed off some amazing looking bone broth that is jam packed with nutrition. She wasted nothing having also rendered fat cubes and pate cubes!
SIGN ME UP!

Her recipe inspired me so much that I busted out several of our beef bones, soup bones, and beef liver to make some nutritional WOW for our own pantry! (Also motivated by the fact that I’ve never made anything with any of these ingredients, we have an overabundance, and they would have stayed cryogenically frozen for the rest of my life).

Thumbing through the thread I thought I figured out the mechanics behind this recipe. *What isn’t pictured here is that the woman said she simmered these for 24-48 hours but didn’t mention a temperature—You can see where this is going right?

Feeling my inner Paula Deen manifesting I busted out the cow parts and got to cooking!!!

I slid my foil roaster full of parts and veggies into the oven (feeling yacky over the smell). And I Paula Deen winked at my creation as I closed the oven door.

Not knowing the temperature she original poster cooked it at, I guessed that 280 ”should be okay” and I walked away excited for the 24 hours to pass and the transformation into magical stock to take place.

I haven’t been feeling too well and woke up at 2:30 AM. The aroma beef stock had changed…
I went to the kitchen to get some medicine and checked on my creation.

It was as if I had yeeted my creation into the sun.
It was as if I had interrupted a cremation.
And resting atop the carnage was my scorched pride and dignity.

Back to the drawing board my friends…

There has got to be a better way than this
🔥 😑🔥

🇺🇸  🎆Happy Independence Day! 🎆  🇺🇸It has been a while since I’ve talked bees. Why? Well, simply put… BEE DRAMA. Two of o...
07/05/2022

🇺🇸 🎆Happy Independence Day! 🎆 🇺🇸

It has been a while since I’ve talked bees.
Why? Well, simply put… BEE DRAMA.

Two of our four hives have been working to requeen and one of which just has my brain melting.

So from this you can safely assume that this story is about one of these drama hives, right?
WRONG. This story is about what I considered to be my strongest hive under the reign of Queen Genevieve.

I have let my hives go for a little longer between inspections because two were supposed to be requeening and should be left alone.
I was going to delay a bit longer to allow for successful mating flights and hopefully come back to find eggs being laid. However, I didn’t sleep well the night before and for whatever reason I thought about my queens and Genevieve’s hive allllll night. It drove me nuts!
The next morning (the 4th) I told Mike how I dreamt of a shiny all black queen and obsessed over my queenless hives. Of course he smiled and nodded to my odd conversation.

I decided to heed my nagging thoughts and go check on the bees.

What I found was what I assumed to be “bearding” on Genevieve’s hive. They often beard when it’s too hot in the hive. I conducted inspections on all of my other hives and was beyond hot and tired by the time I started Genevieve’s inspection.

Rather than disturb the bees I picked up the top box and lid and placed them gently on the ground. As I thumbed through twenty frames I found Genevieve along with multiple capped queen cells… one of which opened. In short, it looks like Genevieve is getting ousted. (She hasn’t been a good queen from the start so I’m not entirely shocked).

I am super stressed over the queenless hives, now this! So I go to my car to sit in the air conditioning, get some water, and mull over the best course of action when suddenly the bees “bearded” swarmed!!!! 😭😭😭😭😭
They weren’t bearded after all but were rather preparing to swarm.

My soul is crushed as I watch the tornado of bees fill the air. At this point I have no idea if they took off with Genevieve, had a new queen, or left queenless (which is rare). I was feeling sick, was hot and tired, and now more bee drama.

I watched them land in a near by tree about 12-15’ up. I asked Michael to bring me a bucket, pole, nuc box, and tape—I was going to get my bees back. By the time Michael made it up they had taken off again and went to a higher branch on the other side of the tree.

Feeling defeated we set up for catching the swarm. I climbed the ladder with my bucket pole contraptions, aimed it just under the swarm, and hit the branch as hard as I could to knock the bees into my bucket.

🐝 They. Were. Angry. 🐝

As several bees swan dived my head, I climbed down and dumped the bees into the empty nuc box. In there I added lemongrass oil and a feeder as a truce for their branch eviction.

I repeated the bucket bashing a few more times then went to check for a queen. I really thought I’d find Genevieve with her bright yellow paint spot in her thorax. However, what I did find made me jump for joy, a brand new, beautiful, almost entirely BLACK QUEEN!!!! Just like in my nagging dream!

Once I knew I had the queen I closed the top and left the front entrance open. A line of bees fanned their wings signaling to the others that their queen was there. The rest of the bees came down from the tree and joined their group inside their new home.

Our 4th of July swarm revealed a new beautiful queen, 🇺🇸 Queen Liberty 🗽 and I’m over the moon about it.

06/23/2022

I found my way into big man’s heart… 🥪

- Pounce ‘n’ Harper Saga -Pounce De Leon and Harper are two peas in a pod. There is never a dull moment with these two. ...
06/21/2022

- Pounce ‘n’ Harper Saga -

Pounce De Leon and Harper are two peas in a pod. There is never a dull moment with these two. Harper’s obnoxiously high energy sets her up to be the perfect target for Pounce.

As annoying as it is to have Harper zipping through the house at 100 mph, it is absolutely worth it to watch her get hunted down by ol Pounce.

We are sad to report that Debbie the O.C. (Original Chicken) passed away about a week ago. She ended up sick, but we are...
06/20/2022

We are sad to report that Debbie the O.C. (Original Chicken) passed away about a week ago. She ended up sick, but we aren’t completely sure how she got sick or what she contracted. We are sad we lost our mascot. But we have had some addition to our flock recently. Our son brought 8 roosters to us the other night from someone that was downsizing their flock.

Weighing in at 8 lbs, standing approximately 21 inches tall…Ed the Brahma rooster!

We introduced Ed to our hens yesterday, and it didn’t take him long to show his dominance. A couple of the hens (one of them was Dinner that was mean to Debbie before she passed) tried their hands, or feet, at showing Ed that they were in charge...”y’all gon’ learn” said Ed.

That lasted all of 5-10 seconds. He wasn’t having their nonsense. He quickly made it known that he is in charge. Dinner took off and buried herself under a grouping of hens in the corner. The other hen had no better luck.

We tried putting another rooster in with him and the girls since there are approximately 20 hens. Ed wasn’t having that either. He let the other rooster know this is his coop, so we had to remove the other rooster. Ed is running the roost and already took to protecting the girls. The other rooster tried to have his way with one of the hens, and wouldn’t you know it…Ed wasn’t having that.

Another happening here with the chickens, we had to put blinders on a few of the hens as they were pecking the other girls. They look like the huge sunglasses we used to get from the dollar store as kids. The blinders remove their forward vision so they can’t see the other chickens that well and won’t peck them, but they can still see downwards so they can peck the ground for food and water.

In my searching for how to put the blinders on, I found a video where someone glued googly eyes onto the blinders. I have to say, I laughed my butt off at this! Sooooooo…our chickens have googly eyes!!!!! We have to find a better way to glue them on because they started coming off.

All in all, this was a very productive weekend as we got a chicken wire wall with a door put in the new shed for all the birds, and got them moved in. They have so much more room now. They seem to be pretty happy about it.

We are really enjoying our fun with the chickens, learning more about them as we go. We will be looking into getting some meat birds before too long.

Homesteading is so much fun!!!

A very warm and cautious welcome to Queen Lucy (short for Lucifer) 🐝😐♥️Her nuc was aaaaaaaaaangry!  This nuc was serious...
06/18/2022

A very warm and cautious welcome to Queen Lucy (short for Lucifer) 🐝😐♥️

Her nuc was aaaaaaaaaangry! This nuc was seriously busting at the seams it was packed so full! I’m hoping that’s why they were especially peeved. The previous apiary couldn’t hand them off fast enough 😂😅

During inspection two swarm cells were spotted and removed. This means they were getting ready to bail out. I wish I could have gotten more pics but they were trying to eat my face off (yes, I’m being slightly dramatic).

Hopefully, by putting them into their new hive box it will simulate swarming and they will stick around.

There were enough bees and resources between this nuc and my other hives to start a new nuc! I added a frame of honey/pollen, brood, and extra frames to build on. They will hopefully start creating new queen cells soon!

Living it up the Okie Roots way!
06/04/2022

Living it up the Okie Roots way!

05/29/2022

I bet you didn’t know bees twerk 😉😆

This behavior is known as fanning and honeybees do this for many reasons.
When bees are fanning with their little butts high up in the air, they’re releasing a pheromone called the Nasonov pheromone – this is typically used for guidance and direction of other hivemates.
Fanning is also done to regulate temperature in the hive as well as to help evaporate water content in nectar stores to create honey! Honey is an extremely dry liquid with a optimum moisture content of 18%!!!

I’m trying to get in the habit of buying sale items for canning/storage. Recently I found some cherries for a super good...
05/29/2022

I’m trying to get in the habit of buying sale items for canning/storage. Recently I found some cherries for a super good deal so I stocked up.
Yesterday we busted out the metal straws and we all learned how to pit them… In short it looked like a massacre but fun nonetheless!

When we moved in, Debbie here (the chicken, just in case you were wondering) came with the property. She is the last of ...
05/20/2022

When we moved in, Debbie here (the chicken, just in case you were wondering) came with the property. She is the last of her original flock. I guess you could call her the OC (original chicken) of the Okie Roots Family Farm. We’ve become quite fond of her. She’s pretty human friendly, and lets us pick her up and cuddle her.

Since we’ve been here, we’ve acquired more chickens. They were an established flock, and didn’t take too kindly to Debbie. She is recovering from the unfriendly actions of one of the other hens. We’ve named that hen ‘dinner’…

So the new flock will be set up in their own area and we are gonna get Debbie her own little house to chill in. Debbie is gonna be one spoiled chicken.

We’ve acquired 14 beautiful hens bringing our total to 29 chickens!!!!  We are super excited to have these hens join up ...
05/12/2022

We’ve acquired 14 beautiful hens bringing our total to 29 chickens!!!! We are super excited to have these hens join up with Debbie as our 8 pullets and 6 chicks are nowhere near ready to start laying.

These gals played an epic game of hard to get and gave us all the run of our lives 🤣

Our ducks are coming along great too! They grow incredibly quick and though younger than our pullets, will start laying eggs sooner than them!

Canned 15 lbs of mandarin oranges! This is a first for us so I hope they turn out.
05/12/2022

Canned 15 lbs of mandarin oranges!
This is a first for us so I hope they turn out.

Giving the orchard some TLC with Mylah. We are pruning dead branches and leaves damaged by insects, applying neem oil to...
05/08/2022

Giving the orchard some TLC with Mylah. We are pruning dead branches and leaves damaged by insects, applying neem oil to combat pests, driving fertilizer spikes, and installing deep rooting waterers. I was super excited to find fruits growing on my Shinko Asian Pear tree!!!

Deep watering helps encourage deeper root growth and that is especially helpful during the intense Oklahoma heat and droughts.

Take 12-18 inch sections of PVC pipe and drill holes every 1-2 inches. Leave the last few inches at the top with no holes.

Examine the role you play in life.  Not just in your own individual role but also how you influence the lives of all oth...
05/05/2022

Examine the role you play in life.
Not just in your own individual role but also how you influence the lives of all other people you interact with.

All tied down and ready for the storms.  I was very careful not to mess around long as bees can get temperamental when s...
05/05/2022

All tied down and ready for the storms. I was very careful not to mess around long as bees can get temperamental when storms are approaching.

April 30th BEE DAY!!!!!I’m officially a beekeeper!All hail Queen Genevieve (yellow) and Queen Gloria (blue). These bees ...
05/04/2022

April 30th BEE DAY!!!!!

I’m officially a beekeeper!

All hail Queen Genevieve (yellow) and Queen Gloria (blue).

These bees were super calm and were kind enough not to sting me yet 😄

If you haven’t voted to bring this Lego set alive, please do!  Not only is it just amazing, it helps teach kids (and adu...
05/04/2022
Sweet Honey

If you haven’t voted to bring this Lego set alive, please do! Not only is it just amazing, it helps teach kids (and adults) several important phases of beekeeping.

Thank you for taking a look at this idea. I came to this design because I wanted to bring something to life with LEGO that I'm passionate about. We ...

Catching up from move in, post 3!DUCKS!Bad news first, shortly after relocating our chicken coop my little rooster Dale ...
05/04/2022

Catching up from move in, post 3!

DUCKS!

Bad news first, shortly after relocating our chicken coop my little rooster Dale went MIA (missing in action). I’m super bummed, I was so excited over my rooster.

On the up side, we picked up our ducklings!!!
Part of our farming goals is to raise ducks for eggs and meat. Initially I only wanted Pekin ducks but ended up with about every breed except Pekin 🤣

Pekin are not only known to be great meat and egg ducks but they are also gentile and good sitters for hatching. With our mixed bag of ducks things will stay spicy I suppose, ha ha!

Leena, like always, stands guard of her birds. That is, when she isn’t stealing their swim time 😄

Catching up from move, post 2.I busted out my hives and started day dreaming about my bees!  We ordered two nucs that wi...
05/04/2022

Catching up from move, post 2.

I busted out my hives and started day dreaming about my bees! We ordered two nucs that will be ready (and I’ve since picked up) for late April.

“Nuc” stands for nucleus and is typically of a small established family (hive) of bees. There are typically four to five frames total (five is recommended): 2-3 frames of brood (developing baby bees), 1-2 frames of pollen and honey, and one established, mated queen.

Until then I have been day dreaming with the feral bees visiting our trees and flowers and hoping to round some up in my swarm trap.

While I eagerly await starting my apiary, I went and rounded up the token farm animal… Chickens. Because you know, no one can be a real farmer without them 😄😉
Leena, my sidekick, watches over the chicks intently as if this is her life’s mission.

Our little farm is coming together more by the day.

Catching up from move in!One of the very first things we noticed was the changes in our dogs—for the best!  The wide ope...
05/04/2022

Catching up from move in!

One of the very first things we noticed was the changes in our dogs—for the best! The wide open space allows them to run, play, and discover! For those new to following us the white Pyrenees mix is Flopp, the all black lab is Leena, and the black and white Pyrador is Nanny.

Just as the dogs started discovering their new turf, we did too!

Jarryd, Aivah, and Collin focus on the new discoveries while I envision what farming and homesteading goals I can put into action.

05/04/2022

We hit the ground running since moving into our new home! As part of our new life chapter, we want to share our journey to self-sufficiency and deurbanization.

To give you some idea, we debated the name ‘We’re Not Pros Family Farm’ to really convey just where we are coming from in our journey 😄. This means we are sharing everything, including mistakes! Learning together creates growth!

So sit back and enjoy! I hope you share in our journey and laughs along the way!

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