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We raise Angora goats, dairy goats, chickens, heritage Black Spanish turkeys and bees. We also have a large organic garden and pumpkin patch each year.
I am care taker of all animals on our farm including milking, shearing, hoof trimming, vaccine administer, milker, assisting in animal births, dehorning, ailment fixer, chin scratcher, hug giver, egg collector, chick and turkey hatcher, feeder, waterer. I can drive a tractor, run a sickle bar blade, a rake, baler, plow, disk and seeder. I'm a mad weeder, planter and gardener, honey harvester, maple tree tapper, hay bale stacker, stall cleaner and fence fixer. I can also cook a mean farm to table meal when the day is done. I document, write and photograph our days on the farm at our blog.
The term anthropomorphism is to assign human traits to animals or inanimate objects. Being active in many livestock forums, farm Facebook groups and other animal specific online communities, I’ve often heard this term used in an accusatory manner. Usually in the comment section of some article or post…people get upset when you claim that animals […]Read more »
I’ve raised chickens since 1992. So that’s what?…25 years? Sheesh! Time flies when you’re raising chickens evidently. In those 25 years, I’ve noticed something. A correlation between offering a calcium supplement and difficult hatches. When I first started raising chickens there was no internet. No chicken forums, no Community Chickens. We didn’t live in […]Read more »
It’s spring! As chicken keepers we should all be enjoying the increase of egg production with our flocks. The fall molt has long been over, the summer heat has not yet started and the longer daylight hours should be triggering a laying effect with your flock. This is prime egg laying season. This is […]Read more »
It’s chick season! Many of you I’m sure, are visiting farm stores, firing up the incubators and placing orders with breeders and hatcheries for baby chicks. This year as you select the different breeds to add to your homestead, consider selecting a variety that will give you a colorful egg basket. As you’ve all […]Read more »
The social understanding within a flock is a complicated issue. Chickens are social creatures who thrive in group settings. Pecking order is how your flock establishes hierarchy. It might seem brutal to us as chicken keepers who only want peace and harmony for our chickens, but pecking order is a necessary communication for your […]Read more »
Chickens are some of the most varied animals ever domesticated by humans. The APA recognizes 65 breeds alone and there are many, many more hobby breeds, fancy breeds, and interesting egg layers beyond that. Have you ever found a chicken on an internet search and wished you could have a few of that breed, […]Read more »
Spring is coming!…Well, not for a while, but it’s nice to think about anyway. In Michigan, the winters are long and depressing. I just read an article titled “Every State, Ranked by How Miserable its Winters Are” with Michigan coming in second to Minnesota. We even beat Alaska! Um…yay? After the holidays I always […]Read more »
It gets dark here in Michigan around 5:30 now. The forced winter hibernation has begun. Zach and I have been scrambling after he gets home from work to take advantage of the waning daylight hours to rush through outdoor projects before the sun sets. Last night we worked on goat fencing with the Jeep headlights […]Read more »
Most chicken keepers are pretty passionate about their flock. At the mere mention of chickens you can bet to rile a heartfelt conversation detailing the things they love best about their collection of birds. By the end of the conversation, they’ll probably be trying to convince you to get your own flock. Chicken keepers like […]Read more »
I’m a couple weeks behind in my year of the chicken updates. For those of you who are just starting with the series, The Year of the Chicken is where I follow one of our chickens from egg to laying hen. To see the last post visit The Year of the Chicken: Collecting Hatching Eggs. […]Read more »