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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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Even though it’s winter, we’ve been very busy around the farm! Here’s a summary of just some of the activities from the past few weeks: New Dairy Goat! Hello, my name is Adrienne, and I have a livestock problem. If you’ve been with us for a while, you may have heard us say 2015 is […]

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Snowy Wednesday!

It’s another snowy January day here on the homestead! Most of the animals don’t like being in the snow, choosing to stay under cover. These chickens ventured out, probably to see if I had any treats for them! Unfortunately for them, there were no treats this time.

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For about a month now we’ve been experimenting with a fodder system for feed. It’s still in the experimentation phase, but I thought I’d share our results so far. After some research, we decided to play around with growing barley fodder. It could lower our feed costs, plus we really like the idea of having […]

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This post was originally from October 2014, but never was published. Enjoy a story from warmer days, now that we are in the middle of winter… About a week ago we picked up 5 new chickens. A local family had too many chickens for the size of its coop, and needed to get rid of a […]

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We’ve had hens laying for about 4 months now and wanted to share a chart of our egg production. Our expectations were certainly different than what the results ended up being. The variation in egg production from day to day was a surprise to us, as well as the relatively low numbers of eggs given […]

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If you buy a Perdue chicken in the grocery store, you might think it had lived a comfortable avian middle-class existence. “Doing the right thing is things like treating your chickens humanely,” Jim Perdue, the company’s chairman, says in a promotional video. The company’s labels carry a seal of approval from the Department of Agriculture […]

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You may have read a previous post where we mention that in the spring we fermented our chicken feed. We stopped doing this over summer because wetness breeds fly problems. Around the end of August the fly population dropped and we began fermenting chicken feed again. Here’s a quick summary of why and how we do […]

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As we enjoy the cooler fall weather and prepare for winter, there have been a lot of fun happenings on the farm! Whiskey found a butternut squash from a volunteer plant that must’ve grown from compost.   Apparently butternut squash is Whiskey’s idea of a dog treat! We have also seen several walking sticks around. […]

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We save the hearts and livers when we process chickens. We’re pretty big on fully utilizing everything on the homestead, and with animals we’ve processed we feel that’s especially important. With this batch we decided to dehydrate the hearts and livers to be used as dog treats. First I sliced each one so it was thin […]

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This weekend we made some updates to the hoophouse we built for the laying hens a couple months back. Overall the hoophouse has been doing great, but we found a few places we could make some one-time improvements that could cut down on the time we spent doing periodic maintenance. The first thing we addressed […]

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Broody Hen (Again)

You may remember when last month we wrote about breaking a hen of her broodiness (article here). Since that time we have had to break broodiness again, and this week we had a hen go broody again! All three times the hen has been a Buff Orpington. Since all the Buff hens look the same, […]

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Broiler Chicken Update

Chicken processing day is this Saturday, and these broiler chickens are getting big! We are now moving the tractor pens twice daily, which gives each batch of 60 birds 200 square feet to forage over daily. We are also giving them plenty of feed to support their growing. This batch of broilers is doing great in terms […]

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Broody Hen

This week we had the adventure of dealing with a broody hen! I realized a hen was broody when I went to close up the chicken coop for the night, and one of the Buff Orpington hens was in a nesting box. The Buffs are really good about sleeping on roosts, so I knew she […]

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This spring and summer were our first on the homestead, and we are very happy with how much we accomplished. We were able to begin producing some products to sell, chicken and eggs, but primarily this year was a foundational year of laying the groundwork for various endeavors. Meat Chickens In the spring we raised about […]

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We have another batch of meat chickens that we are currently raising for processing on October 25th.  As always, these chickens are pastured in pens that are moved daily. They are fed certified Organic, non-GMO, non-soy feed. The chickens have been on our farm since they were two days old, and they’ll be here through […]

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Step One: Wheelbarrow over a lot of rocks. Arrange them to make a border. Step Two: Lay out cardboard to smother grass, weeds, etc. (In retrospect, I would lay out the cardboard before setting out the rocks, that way the cardboard could be under the rocks. It was hard getting the cardboard over the greenery […]

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Jumbo Eggs

Did you know there are standards defining egg sizes? Chickens start out laying eggs that are relatively small. As they age the eggs they lay get bigger. We have been enjoying the small to medium-sized eggs our hens have been laying, many of them contain “double yolks” which makes them extra-nutritious. Today, however, we received a […]

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We moved the young hens into the new hoop house this week. They are getting used to the new roosts, but made themselves at home with the feeders and outdoor run.

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Mealworms!

Mealworms provide a great source of protein for our chickens and are also a great treat that can be used in training them. We were frustrated by the mealworms sold in local farm stores being all from China. To ensure the highest quality food for our chickens we decided to raise our own. We are […]

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