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Seven Delaware hens. One Delaware rooster. Two Wyandotte bantam hens. One Wyandotte bantam rooster. Four barnies. Three Muscovy duck hens. One Muscovy duck drake
I'm a city boy who's gone country! My wife and I started raising chickens in July 2009, shortly after we moved out to our little 2-acre homestead in beautiful central Texas. It's been a learning experience, but certainly a fun ride. I enjoy reading, writing, photojournalism, chess, theology ... and poultry!
By Eric Guel For the past week a flock of peafowl has been running wild in my neighborhood — and they’re LOUD. At times they sound like a pride of kittens* meowing their heads off, at other times they sound like a dozen little kids screaming bloody murder. Here’s a pic. Sorry for the poor […]Read more »
By Eric Guel My family has been homesteading for three years. Like most Western homesteaders, we’re hobby farmers … We don’t do this to stay alive, though we feel most alive when we’re doing it. 🙂 Through each passing season we’ve learned about gardening and animal husbandry through reading, asking our neighbors, asking our friends, […]Read more »
By Eric Guel After a bantam hen and random pullet went broody a few weeks ago, our little farm had another round of chicks hatch last week. The foster moms did famously, sitting on their respective clutches with religious devotion, despite the string of 100+ degree afternoons we’ve recently had (welcome to Texas, y’all!). Alas, […]Read more »
By Eric Guel What’s a bantam, you ask? It’s a miniature chicken, of course! Bantams are small. They’re usually about half the size (or less) of their full-size brethren and, consequently, they do everything on a tiny scale: tiny eggs, tiny eating habits, and in the case of the roosters, tiny attitudes. When we gather […]Read more »
By Eric Guel A seasoned bird slaughtering veteran was over at our little homestead a few months ago, showing us how to slaughter ducks. After processing a few birds he started to talk about other breeds of poultry, zeroing in on the mutha’ of all meat birds—the Cornish Cross. These lovable little fat guys are […]Read more »
By Eric Guel Shortly after my wife Brandi and I got our first flock of chickens (circa July ’09) we obtained a few Muscovy ducks as well. We had heard that Muscovy hens are good mothers and they have no problem going broody—we were not disappointed. As soon as spring hit this year, our Muscovy […]Read more »
by Eric Guel A couple of years ago I would have never guessed that I’d be a chicken farmer. Alright, maybe dubbing myself a “farmer” is a bit of a stretch, but my wife, Brandi, and I got our first flock of 10 birds in July 2009, and we haven’t looked back! Our first flock […]Read more »