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I have a wonderful blend of Gold Sex Links, White Leghorn, Plymouth Barred Rocks, Red Lace Wyandotte and Rhode Island Red hens. My most precious rooster Sir Eggs Benedict is a beautiful Americana. I also have 6 ducks of various breeds including Pekin, Blue Swedish and Top Hats. Most recently I have had fortune of adding some incubated mixed-breed chicks to the mix!
A year ago my husband and I, both in our mid-40's, decided that life was entirely too short and we should live our lives doing some of the things we had always dreamed of. For him it was a house with land and shop to work on trucks. For me, it was all about having time to write, growing large gardens and raising animals to include ducks, chickens, goats and so on. In a nutshell, I wanted to be more self-sufficient and put my own food on my plate. During this first year I've been fortunate enough to share my experience with friends and family through my blog site. What a learning curve it has been! While I've learned a lot about rearing my first flock the experience is a never ending process. Becoming more self-sufficient doesn't just mean we collect eggs to eat, it will also require expanding into meat birds, butchering and raising other various species of poultry. I'm hoping our experiences here on the farm will encourage more people to seek changes in their lives and by reading my novice perspective they will find the courage to raise, grow and preserve food of their own.
As we head into the fall and winter months my chickens are laying eggs left and right. So much so, I have an overabundance of eggs piling up in my ‘egg-stra’ refrigerator. On average, I collect 10-12 eggs per day from the 13 hens currently laying. Four additional pullets have yet to produce but at […]Read more »
After spending all last winter hauling drinking water out to the chickens, I knew I needed a better solution this year. I resolved to find a large volume option that would provide fresh water without the repeated struggle of lifting heavy weight. I wanted to design a poultry drinker appropriate for my space as well […]Read more »
Back in June of this year my husband and I purchased 3 turkeys from the local feed store. At $12 per bird we were pretty protective of the little buggers. As my better-half finally gave in and agreed to raising a few turkeys, he received the honor of naming the birds. Quite creatively he dubbed […]Read more »
Free-range of poultry is a great idea for the health of your flock, but it is not for everyone. Initially, my husband and I enjoyed having our flock run about our 25 acres. Not only did the birds enjoy the freedom, it also reduced feed costs during the spring, summer and fall months. Now that […]Read more »
Beyond what might be obvious, chickens can be quite the addition to your lifestyle no matter where you live. Here are the top 5 reasons why I think raising chickens should be something everyone should try. EGGS, EGGS, EGGS If there is one thing we all know about chickens it is this, they […]Read more »
From an impacted crop to sour a crop, this food storage organ can effect your birds in a big way. Whether you are raising chickens or turkeys it’s important to pay close attention to your flock. Taking queues from a bird’s behavior can help detect issues early on. The first and easiest way to diagnose […]Read more »
Over the past year, my coop has evolved with the seasons. During the first year I quickly learned what might have worked for the summer didn’t work well for the winter. Because my coop and pen areas are in 3 parts it allows me plenty of flexibility. The coop is for sleeping & egg laying, […]Read more »
In this past year of caring for chickens, ducks and turkeys my days have been filled with many first-time experiences. Over the past 5-7 years I’ve dreamed of raising chickens and have romanticized about gathering eggs each morning. After a full year of living ‘the dream’ let me share with you a summary of the […]Read more »
As a novice poultry keeper my first year with the flock was full of new learning experiences, some requiring poultry first aid. While most days I experienced free-range bliss, it was inevitable a bird would be injured or fall sick. I came up with a great starter kit that helped me care for my chickens, […]Read more »
Our morning started early on the day of butcher. After breakfast and some coffee we were eager to get started. I think we were most interested in getting past the actual act of dispatching birds. That would be no fun for anyone involved. Another issue weighing heavily on my mind was letting go of one […]Read more »