Posts Tagged ‘chicken’

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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August Special For the month of August we are offering a FREE kombucha SCOBY or milk kefir grains with any purchase! We love making and drinking kombucha and kefir, enjoying the nutritive qualities of each. Here are our instructions for brewing kombucha andkefir. Contact Us to setup a time to come by and shop. Current […]

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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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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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We are proud to be participating in Farm To Fork Loudoun 2015! There are 8 restaurants we have partnered with to serve our amazing, beyond organic, farm products. We have completely SOLD OUT of all of our meats and eggs for this event! That means you are going to find a lot of delicious pekin […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Here at the homestead we are excited to announce our newest offering: handcrafted soaps, beauty and bath products from Whispering Willow Soap Company. This small business is based in North Carolina, and they make the best soap! Their offerings use organic oils, and are fragranced solely with natural essential oils. We are so happy to […]

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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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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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In the first post of our hoop house build, I detailed how we built the frame for the hoop house. Here I will detail the rest of the process: covering it, getting it setup for chickens, and getting the chickens in it! We recently picked up some white tarps at a garage sale, in fact that purchase […]

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Today we found out that a neighbor living in the suburbs needed help relocating a couple chickens they were raising. Like many of us they were excited to have the chance to have healthy, fresh, quality eggs, but they quickly realized the trouble with modern suburban living. One of their “hens” ended up being a […]

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The chicks are growing quickly and will soon be ready to live outside. Unfortunately, our busy work schedules preclude us from completing their main coop before they will be ready to venture outdoors. To meet their short-term outdoor needs we opted to build a chicken tractor that they could reside in until the main coop […]

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Sad news today. One of our Golden Comet hens died this afternoon. I had been home today and saw all of them up and about as usual in the morning. But just afternoon I looked out and saw one laying on the ground with her legs splayed out, an unusual position that caused me to go investigate.

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Being new to beekeeping, the most sure fire way to get bees for our hives was to order packages of bees from a bee supplier. Some people order them through the mail, we were fortunate to have a local beekeeping supply company near us in Northern Virginia called Virginia Bee Supply. They bring packages of […]

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