Posts Tagged ‘chickens’

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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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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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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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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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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Part 2 of the series showing our new chicken coop, chicken yard, rabbitry, and apiary. Enjoy!

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Adrienne made this short video series showing the newly built chicken yard, rabbitry, apiary. Check back tomorrow for part 2!  

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Today I stumbled upon this article, which summarizes the results of numerous studies highlighting the health benefits of eating eggs. The author highlights how egg consumption has not been shown to increase cholesterol in most people, and how no research shows egg consumption links to heart disease. In fact, eggs contain many wonderful nutrients: B vitamins, […]

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We are building a hoop house!  This will house hens over the winter.  The bedding from the hens will decompose, creating great compost.  In the spring we’ll move the hens out and plant vegetables.   The basic structure for the hoop house is a 2×4 wood base, with two cattle panels as the hoop, connected […]

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We have our beehives in our chicken run, and some people have asked how the bees and chickens get along. Beekeepers said the hens would eat the bees, and others worried if the bees would harass the hens. We have found that the bees and the hens don’t interact at all. Then hens go all […]

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We often refer to the dogs as our “four-legged chickens” when they try to sneak into the chicken run for a snack of chicken feed.  Well today was a first: Noah the dog learned to drink from the chicken waterer!  Now those poor chickens really have to watch out, the dogs try to steal their food and […]

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As we celebrated our first eggs from our laying hens, I wanted to mark the occasion by preparing them differently than our standard method of over medium.  I remembered a friend talking about egg-in-a-hole, and that seemed like an interesting way to make the eggs, especially since I had just made some bread!  I loosely […]

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We collected the first egg from our flock today!  For a couple of weeks we’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of eggs.  The earliest chickens are known to lay is 16 weeks, but the breeds we have typically lay later than that.  This egg came at 19.5 weeks.  For the hen that laid the egg, […]

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We started our first chicks with the typical feed setup: dry conventional feed in a basic plastic chick feeder.  Within weeks, though, we knew the basic setup wasn’t ideal.  We quickly switched to organic feed, and currently get our feed from Countryside Organics.  In the near future we plan on making our own custom feed […]

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We have some more chickens here on the farm!  We have exciting plans for laying hens, and we realized the 20 hens (well, 19 hens and 1 rooster) we have just wouldn’t be enough for all our plans.  So, we got more birds!  We picked up another two dozen laying hens.  A couple should be […]

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After getting these pygmy goats, we decided we were going to put them to work clearing land.  The challenge was what kind of fence can be moved around forested areas and holds in goats?  We decided on cattle panels because they’re sturdy and inexpensive.   Plus we had some pieces of cattle panels that came […]

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Curious Hens

  Now that the meat chickens have been harvested, the laying hens enjoy investigating the portable pens!

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  This is the the waterer we use for our chickens.  The chickens learn quickly to hit the red nipples with their beaks in order to get water out.  We love this type of waterer for several reasons: chickens cannot access the stored water so it stays clean, refilling is as easy as taking off the lid, […]

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