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Twenty laying hens, mostly Buff Orpingtons and Americaunas, plus a few assorted pretty hens I couldn't resist and about 30 young offspring. One Black Indian Runner duck (the owl got her mate), and 7 French Guineas. We recently harvested our 50 meat chickens and 5 turkeys.
Two years ago my husband and I bought a storybook1920 farmstead and dived into our dream of creating a diverse little farm - complete with cows, pigs, turkeys, bees, a big garden, and, of course, chickens. I am am also an artist. Since moving here most of my paintings involve farm critters.
It’s our second year raising chickens in Minnesota and I have figured out a few strategies to make chicken care during the frigid winter a little bit easier. When it rarely gets above freezing, the biggest challenge is providing water for livestock. In the summer, I use both metal and plastic poultry founts for watering […]Read more »
by Susan Waughtal Our colorful rooster, Knickerbocker, ended up on our farm by accident. Two summers ago we raised 200 mixed-breed, heavy-body heritage breed roosters as broilers. When we took the last batch of 50 to be processed, one of the holding cage doors at the processor did not latch properly and six chickens escaped. […]Read more »
by Susan Waughtal It seems like you can never have too many large plastic buckets on a farm. They are invaluable for hauling water and feed, garden veggies, compost, moving baby chicks, storing tools, collecting maple sap, and even making nesting boxes. My hen population has grown and they needed more nesting sites. Yesterday, I […]Read more »
by Susan Waughtal Our little turn-of-the century farmstead has a classic set of red outbuildings. The date embossed on its cupola proclaims the barn was built in 1918, probably the same year they built the chicken coop, my favorite structure of the farm. We have lived here two years now, and I am continually impressed […]Read more »