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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 prepare to butcher I am getting excited over the prospect of putting meat in our freezer. The flock is in desperate need of being thinned out after this spring’s incubator hatch. With 31 birds, three of them being young turkeys, space is soon to be at a premium in the coop. Quite frankly, […]Read more »
As they say, there’s a first time for everything! Over the past month I had been hoping a couple of my birds might become broody. Specifically, I was hoping for a broody chicken but instead a duck made my wish come true. Diller (aka Phyllis Diller) is a small crested duck with a floppy foot. […]Read more »
Tis the season for fleas, ticks and other creepy crawlies. They can affect not only human health but also that of our dogs, cats and feathered friends. Finding a natural solution is easy once you become acquainted with the power of Neem Oil. After moving to our new farm last year I tried to find […]Read more »
After a long snowy winter, spring is the season for getting your lawn back in order. Some wouldn’t give it a second thought as they dutifully apply fertilizer or weed killer. Their only desire is to make their lawn a lush, blemish-free, carpet of green. However, those of us who have free ranging chickens must […]Read more »
I am a huge fan of Essential Oils to help ease common ailments without having to submit to using man made pharmaceuticals or antibiotics. Oils can pack a big punch in a very small package. Best of all? They are natural! But, can you use them with your feathered flock? In short, yes. A […]Read more »
There is nothing more frustrating than being in the midst of caring for your first flock and hearing terms that make absolutely no sense. Much like traveling to a foreign country, chicken people speak an entirely different language. You could simply smile and act like you understood the conversation but you would be doing a […]Read more »
While in the coop doing my morning chores I was met with an unusual surprise. An unfamiliar colored egg had found its way into one of my nesting boxes. I was use to seeing nearly every shade of brown from my eight hens but never one with a completely white eggshell. This discovery lead me […]Read more »
Clinger The Bare Backed Hen & Her Super Simple Saddle My bare backed hen named Clinger (aptly named as she loves being around people) has had the misfortune of losing feathers all winter long. Thankfully, it was not due to mites or malnutrition but the combination of not molting in the fall and repeated encounters […]Read more »