If you have chickens or buy fresh eggs from your local farmer, you know how tricky it can be to peel hard boiled eggs that are fresh. I learned a trick that works every time just in time for Easter.
The soft, gentle hooting of an owl is nice to listen to, if you're not a chicken. Don't let those owls fool you. Chickens are easy owl prey!
Our family takes a weekend to butcher our grassfed chickens and put food into our freezer.
Check out these tips for hatching out chicks in an incubator.
Why choose a heritage breed to raise and eat? The flavor, of course!
A family leaves a fast-paced life behind to slow things down on a small farm.
Our solution to having two hens fighting over one nest.
An introduction of my family and life to Capper's Farmer readers.
We finally complete our much anticipated and ballyhooed chicken pen extension.
You never know where life is going to take you, so it’s a good idea to be ready for anything. My family once had a different life, but circumstances changed, there was a period of flux, then we came out better than ever.
No snakes allowed! Ways to keep snakes (and other pests) out of your chicken coop.
Life and death are a daily reality on a farm. Join Farmer Bryan and Lori as they try to help a hypothermic chicken after a night of storms.
Deciding to raise backyard chickens.
A small bench near a quiet pond on a cattle ranch. A Bible and a cup of tea.
To name or not to name your chickens?
Visit the springtime pastures of Farm on the Hill as "the girls" are introduced to their new home!
Simple to put together, chicken tunnels make for safe free ranging.
This is my journey of moving to the country and becoming a stay-at-home mom and hobby farmer. I was raising three small boys so why not add some animals to the mix.
Cleaning up old buildings and saving what you can just makes a body feel good!
There is always tension between so-called "civilization" and "where the wild things are" as Maurice Sendak said. Rural living on the edges of wilderness teaches us that we can live in that tension but it's not always easy.
They say timing is everything ... they say location, location, location too. We say, we need more rain, fewer weeds, longer days, and a stronger back so we can get the homestead to look the way we want it to look.
My daddy's mix of chickens and pig
A rooster and his hen
How personal experience and observation can save your sanity.
The skunk turns around and heads straight toward me.
You don't have to be a poultry farmer to have an appreciation for the hard work that went into this 1924 edition of The American Standard of Perfection.
As a frustrated country-girl-wanna-be living in town, I've known since I was a little girl that I wanted to move to a ranch as soon as possible. It finally happened when I was a grandma.
The story of my chicken addiction.
My carefully planned new shipment of chicks came in today . . .and brought an extra adventure with it!
The story of how we got here and who we are.

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