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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.
I have big plans for breeding chickens this spring. I finally have my show-quality, heritage breed Buff Orpingtons. We drove from Mid-Michigan to eastern Ohio last year to pick up two beautiful pairs of Buffs at the Ohio National Poultry show. I can’t wait to fill my incubator with eggs from these gorgeous birds! […]Read more »
Chickens are pretty versatile animals and will adapt to a variety of climates and living situations. Once you know why you want to keep chickens, it can be fun to learn about the different breeds and what they are known for. Below is a loose outline as to what is available for each chicken […]Read more »
In this incubation guide, I will take you through the common terms, temperatures, times, and humidity levels for common, assorted backyard poultry. Often times, when people new to hatching are researching how to carry out the process, seasoned breeders will throw out terms that perhaps not everyone is familiar with. Hopefully this will act […]Read more »
I remember the first time I saw a Buff Orpington chicken. It was at the State Fair and the bird was MASSIVE! It was in a large display cage and took up most of the space allotted. I fell in love immediately and vowed that one day I would raise these giant chickens. Fast […]Read more »
At the minimum, a well balanced, age-appropriate chicken feed will provide a complete source of nutrition for your flock. I say “age appropriate” because chickens need different levels of protein at different ages. For example, chicks and young chickens need higher protein levels as they grow than adult birds. Meat birds also need additional protein […]Read more »
We live approximately 5 hours from Columbus Ohio, the location for the Ohio National Poultry Show. In my last post, Attending the Ohio National Poultry Show, I highlighted the show itself and all it’s wonderful chicken goodness. Because we would be traveling to Ohio, we decided to make it a weekend trip […]Read more »
The hardest part about writing this post was narrowing down the photo selection. I took over 200 photos while visiting the Ohio National Poultry Show in Columbus, Ohio on November 11th and 12th. Eventually I had to make a conscious decision to put my camera away and just enjoy the moment. But it was […]Read more »
Chicken collecting is a hard habit to break. Especially when there are so many varieties to choose from. Often, people start the chicken venture with the idea that it would be great to have a couple of daily egg layers. Then they realize what a pleasure it is to own chickens and they get a […]Read more »
Do the ghosts and goblins of Halloween have you feeling a little … chicken? Don’t despair; this year, turn gourds and pumpkins into a three-dimensional fall decoration that will rival any old-fashioned Jack-o’-Lantern carving. Or carve the famous Community Chicken (templates included below)! Carve, paint, or etch a pumpkin chicken, share photos with us, and you could […]Read more »
I feel like sometimes the Leghorn is an overlooked breed. With so many fancy breeds to choose from, a plain, typical, all white bird that lays a white egg is somewhat mundane when compared to Frizzles, Silkies, Polish, or some of the beautiful colors and feather patterns available. But if you’re looking for […]Read more »