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My second baby hatched recently. There are so few things as exciting as when your chicks hatch. It’s a beautiful baby chick from a light Brahma daddy and a black Easter Egger mama. I know this because she is the only one that lays pink eggs. I have been using the Brinsea mini incubator just […]Read more »
We weren’t expecting to raise ducks or geese this year. But the little ones found a way into our hearts and onto our farm. I am so glad we decided to bring our Toulouse gosling and our Pilgrim gosling home. Not just because they are adorable, but because they serve a […]Read more »
“They” say variety is the spice of life. Well then, when it comes to poultry, our farm is very spicy. I must say that I am thoroughly enjoying myself this spring! We have a beautiful assortment of teenage chicks, new chicks, ducks and Narragansett and Bourbon Red turkeys to come. I also have plans for […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson One of the traditional summer highlights in our rural county has always been the County Fair. For a week in July one of our sleepy little towns becomes a center of activity. Up over the hill, and the first sight is always the Ferris Wheel; there are carnival rides for the very […]Read more »
by Jennifer BurckeI grew up celebrating Independence Day with sparklers and barbecue. I lived in Kansas then and we didn’t really need an excuse to eat barbecue. We viewed a warm weather holiday as an opportunity and seized it. Fourth of July parades and celebrations seemed to be as ubiquitous as sunshine on a summer […]Read more »
Photos and story by Cherie Langlois Thinking about getting some Muscovy ducks around your place? Well, then, what could be more adorable than a flock of fuzzy little Muscovy ducklings? If this is your first foray into raising ducks, you can buy your first baby ducks from a local breeder, feed store, hatchery or animal […]Read more »
by Amy Grisak — Title photograph by Mark Vogel Ducks can be helpful, colorful little characters in your garden patch, providing a measure of truly natural garden pest control – and the eggs they lay taste delicious! Here are some fun facts about a few heirloom breeds. Indian Runners are comical-looking ducks that stand tall […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell One of the bittersweet things about raising ducks, specifically pekins, is that they grow SO fast. Ducklings are so adorable, and while my heart melts when they’re little, I’m not sad to get the brooders out of the house after they’ve grown. Our brooding time was about a third of what we […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell The year after I got my first chickens, my dad told me that I had proven myself responsible with the care of our birds and that I could add a few more to our flock. How quickly the spring sunshine and collecting your first egg can cloud your mind with amnesia, as […]Read more »
by Margaret E. Kellogg They say you learn something new every day, and I find this to be so true. I didn’t know that it takes about five months for a mallard drake to look like a drake. Did you? My son, Stephen, is infatuated with mallard ducks. I just couldn’t understand why he thought […]Read more »