Posts Tagged ‘chickens’

October Newsletter

Farm Store Open Saturday, October 7th, 12-4pm  This Saturday come say hello and do some shopping! This month’s special is 20% off egg purchases of 5dz or more! Read all about our delicious, healthy eggs below. In the farm store we’ll be fully stocked with all of our amazing offerings: soaps and bath products, pork, rabbit meat, chicken and duck eggs, […]

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Local farm friends: we have a brewery connection on Route 15 that needs a farmer to pickup its spent brewing grain. Must have a truck. This stuff is great livestock feed, and the brewer is easy to work with. If you’re interested, contact us.

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In Part 1 of this series I posted the considerations we take into consideration in our pig housing. In Part 2 I detailed the first pig houses we made. Today in Part 3 I will detail our second pig house design, a hoophouse! Here are some prior posts about hoophouses for more tips and tricks: […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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