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Visit Us During the Loudoun Farm Tour This Weekend May 20-21, 10am-4pm We are looking forward to welcoming new and returning visitors during the Loudoun Spring Farm Tour May 20-21 from 10am-4pm. The farm store will be stocked as always with rabbit meat, pork, eggs from our free range chickens and ducks, organic bath and […]

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It’s spring! In typical springtime fashion, temperatures are about freezing this morning, but we should have a high of 64 today. As the weather warms up, our outdoor chore list is exploding. We have so many exciting things to do, and finally the weather is nice enough to do them! Here are the adventures from […]

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This week’s nice weather has brought out all the farm helpers pictures above: Noah, Ghost, and Rebecca! This past Saturday was a busy one at the farm store. Many people came by to see Lauren of Boot’s Shire Homestead and the chicks she had for sale! Remember she’ll be back with chicks and ducklings on […]

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The farm store is open this Saturday from 12-4pm. If you’ve been wanting to stop by the farm and see the animals while stocking up on some goodies, this is the time to do it! No appointment needed, just come on by! We have just 2 barrow American Guinea Hog piglets left for sale from our […]

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We’ve been trying some new setups for laying hens this year, and creating a new hen house meant making new nesting boxes. I used the opportunity to make improvements on prior designs, and here’s a summary of what resulted. Key Characteristics: 4ft long 4ft high 2 levels 15″ deep Roll-out style (tilted floor, covered egg […]

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Every winter we work hard to ensure the animals have access to water. With several animal pens, this can be a challenge. It can be frustrating to refill a water bowl with fresh water only to have it freeze in a matter of hours. Here are some tips we’ve learned along the way that may […]

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We are excited to be a part of Loudoun’s Fall Farm Tour this year! We have participated in the past two spring farm tours, and we think this year’s fall farm tour will be just as fun. As always, we’ll conduct tours of the farm so visitors can learn more about local agriculture. There will […]

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It’s been so busy recently, I haven’t had the time to post about all the amazing things we’re doing! The posts will come, I promise. Still, I wanted to spend a few minutes sharing some homestead things I love right now. Roll Out Nesting Boxes If I could go back in time, I would have […]

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With so many animals and only two farmers, we are constantly looking for ways to be more efficient with our farm tasks. Efficiencies in daily tasks such as feeding and watering pay huge dividends. A customer recently shared a poultry feeder design that we’ve implemented with great success! Here are a couple links (Link 1, […]

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Goats 101 Class Saturday August 13th, 10am! This month we are again offering our popular Goats 101 class! We’ll focus on goats as pets or dairy, land clearing, and proper fencing. This class is family friendly, with opportunities to brush the goats, and get a squirt or two of milk out of the does, too! The class will […]

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We have a lot lined up for the Loudoun Farm Tour this weekend! Our ducks will be out front to welcome you upon arrival. Ducklings will be showing off their antics in a pen. Then we have goat kids and piglets that are ready to be fed and petted. For the daring, the adult pigs and […]

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For all the diversity in this world, some things are universal. Like how children rub their eyes when they’re tired. Or how the minute they see a flock of chickens, they’re chasing after the birds. We have ducks in the front, and the minute children step out of a vehicle they’re tearing after the ducks. On […]

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Here’s the latest (and final) installment in our Weathering the Winter series! Today we’re talking about how to winterize chickens. Here you can see our chicken yard in all its winter glory. Chicken wire on the sides and top of the enclosure provide predator protection. The chicken wire on the top provides protection from hawks, […]

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Along with much of the East Coast, we just endured a record-breaking snowstorm. When you live on a homestead with livestock, weather is a big deal. The livestock need to be cared for every day, and that means getting to them, and making sure they can get around, no matter what the weather. As we […]

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We had a visitor in our front yard chicken/duck coop this morning.  The ducks and chickens were making a big ruckus outside the coop so we knew something was amiss. We ran over and found this “little” visitor… A large (over 5′ long) black snake was caught choking down one of our chicken eggs!  

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One of the benefits of our natural farming methods is that our animals benefit from livestock diversity. This is a perfect example, chickens wandering into the hog pen in the woods to forage and help pick pests off of the hogs!

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We were recently featured in an international news piece about the avian flu that has been going on in parts of the US. Seeing the contrast in the factory farming operations in parts of this news segment with how we operate is a good reminder for us as to why we do all this work […]

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Spring is a busy time of year as we get started on our poultry meat production. This year we’re doing duck and chicken. We get the ducklings and chicks as just two day old chicks, and take them all the way through processing ourselves. In the video you’ll see our meat bird chicks, destined to […]

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Oh my goodness do we have some fun stuff going on at the homestead! All kinds of livestock fun has been going on, read about it below! Chicks! So Many Chicks! And Ducklings Too… Over the past few weeks we have had so many chicks! We’ve had laying hen chicks, meat chicken chicks, meat duck […]

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Chickens and Ducks

Sometimes I feel like we have quite the barnyard going on. When we had the ducks living in with the chickens, it was one of those times. This video captures the energy of a bunch of fowl at feeding time. Enjoy watching the antics of the animals! We have since moved the ducks out to their […]

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Spring is here! Well, it feels that way at least. As the days warm up and get longer, we are busy completing projects on the homestead. Unfortunately that means there’s been less time to record all the excitement here on the blog, and I missed posting an update last Friday. Sorry! Here’s an update on […]

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It’s been another busy week on the homestead. This morning we’ve been busy preparing for the pekin ducks that will arrive next week! Look forward to some delicious, healthy pastured duck meat to be available around the beginning of May. Love for Whispering Willow Lip Balm I recently tested the Whispering Willow Lip Balm we […]

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Red Sex Link Chicks [Video]

We have chicks now! A couple of weeks ago we received our latest batch of chicks in the mail, 100 red sex link hen chicks. We order chicks from a reputable hatchery and then raise the chicks in our brooders in the garage. These chicks were very popular and we sold out quickly! Because they […]

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Spring is Coming! It may not feel like it now, but spring is fast approaching! I can see it in the days that are getting progressively longer. Today we worked outside until 6:30pm, and it seems that not so long ago it was dark by 5pm. While we look forward to warmer weather, I know […]

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This evening we had the great opportunity to take part in Food For Thought Initiative‘s Skip Sugar Day! We enjoyed being a part of the farmer’s market. For those whom we met, thanks for taking the time to come by our booth! We enjoyed getting to share our products with you. As I promised to […]

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