Winter Storm on the Homestead!

Surprise! Our predicted “light dusting” of snow turned out to be a full-blown winter storm! We got about 8″ of snow! Wow! Definitely not the norm for us here in Northwest Georgia.

There is always a lesson to be learned from surprises like this! For example, I couldn’t believe how many posts I was seeing on Facebook from people who hadn’t filled their propane tanks yet! C’mon people, it’s December! If you plan on relying on propane for heat, don’t wait until you’re in the middle of a winter storm to try to fill your propane tank! And then, these people had the nerve to be outraged that the propane companies wouldn’t come out during the storm! Why on earth would you allow your tanks to get that low?

Surprise winter storm on the homestead-Goose Creek Homestead-www.GooseCreekHomestead.com
Surprise winter storm on the homestead-Goose Creek Homestead

What should you have on hand to be prepared for a winter storm?

  1. Have a minimum 2 weeks supply of an alternate heat source. If your electricity goes out during a winter storm, you need to be prepared to heat your home with an alternate heat source. We never let our propane tank get below 20%. That will heat our tiny home for more than a month.
  2. An alternate cooking method is essential. This could be a wood stove, or a propane stove/grill. We have camp stoves with plenty of fuel, as well as charcoal. Do not rely on your electric stove for cooking during a winter storm! The weight of snow and ice on the power lines makes it likely that your power will go out for an unknown amount of time.
  3. Battery powered radios are also essential for keeping up with news and weather alerts when your tv and internet go out during a winter storm.
  4. You should have on hand a minimum supply of food to last you and your animals two weeks. Don’t be one of those people that have to run out during a winter storm because they don’t have enough hay, or dog food, or milk, or whatever other essential item, to get through the storm! Not only do you put yourself at risk, you put the first responders that come to help you at risk! Check out this article for ideas on how to plan your food storage.
  5. Some other items to consider are paper plates and cups. You may need to conserve water if your power goes out.
  6. Always keep a two week supply of essential medications on hand.
  7. Don’t forget about sanitation items like toilet paper, wet wipes, cat litter, soap, bedding for your animals, etcetera…

What else can you think of that you might need to have on hand to get through a winter storm? Think about what your family uses on a daily basis. What couldn’t  you get by without? Make a list and have your supplies on hand before the next winter storm hits!

Welcoming Baby Chicks to the Homestead

Oh my Goodness, ya’ll! Look what we got in the mail! There’s nothing more exciting than welcoming baby chicks to the homestead! I am just in love! We were so pleased and very pleasantly surprised at how well these baby chicks did after two days in the mail. They are perfect! Every one of them is happy, healthy and adorable! We highly recommend McMurray Hatchery if you are considering ordering chicks through the mail. This was our first time ordering chicks through the mail and I would do it again in a second. Continue reading to learn what breeds we got and how we are caring for them.

Welcoming Baby Chicks to the Homestead
We are welcoming baby chicks to the homestead from McMurray Hatchery! This is the box they were shipped in. They are crowded together like this to keep them warm during shipping.

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Protect Your Chickens From Bird Flu

Protect your chickens from bird flu - Goose Creek Homestead

Avian influenza, or bird flu, has been in news a lot lately. Sadly, chickens that contract this disease will die. Avian influenza spreads very quickly. Wild birds coming  into contact with domestic birds is one way the disease is spreading. Extremely tight biosecurity is critical to keeping a flock alive.

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Pet Health Emergencies: Are You Prepared to Handle Them At Home?

Pet health emergencies always seem to occur at the worst possible time! Usually, in the middle of the night, or over the weekend, when your only option is a very expensive trip to the emergency animal hospital. If you live in a very rural area, your only option may be to wait until the vet opens in town. Being prepared to handle your pet’s health emergencies at home could save your pet’s life, save you some money, and save your pet some needless pain and suffering! Continue reading “Pet Health Emergencies: Are You Prepared to Handle Them At Home?”