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TAG : Chickens

A Thief In The Night

In cold weather my dogs like to sleep inside. They usually don't stir at all until morning, but a few nights ago, Huckey woke me up around 2:00 am. I thought it was just the call of nature, but when I opened the door, I heard frantic squawking from the chicken yard.Huckey shot out and Beau ...

Clipping Wings

Whoever said chickens can't fly didn't know chickens! True, they cannot lift off and soar through the sky like other birds, but they can fly short distances – over fences, into trees, into the garden. And the only way to stop them is to clip their wings.Every flock has a few renegades, and ...

Snowy Day

We finally had our first big snow of the year! Well, big for us. When I was a child, we started having snow here sometimes as early as Halloween. We could count on several inches, at least three if not four times before spring arrived. School was never canceled. Bus drivers drove the parts of ...

Fits Like A Glove

When you live on a farm, there is one thing you can count on every day – farm chores! Most of the time this is very enjoyable for me. It's actually fun going out to feed the chickens and having them gather around my feet, clucking softly and waiting expectantly.I love going the the barn with ...

Have Hammer, Will Travel

I love chickens. They are so sweet and relaxing to have. I love to sit on the back porch and watch them puttering around the backyard scratching for bugs or taking a dust bath. It is truly one of the joys of farm life.A few weeks back, I spent the afternoon with a friend helping her fix up a ...

A Typical Morning

Every morning as Greg leaves for work, the dogs and I have a morning ramble. It's good exercise for us all, and gives the dogs some play time. Our big dog, Beauregard, is a Pyrenees and German shepherd mix who would patrol the fence line of the entire 40 acres all day long if left on his own, ...

Trip to the Fair

Every year, I can't resist going to the local county fair. I didn't participate in 4H or FFA as a kid. At that time, people had a tendency to look down their noses at a "town kid" being in something that was supposed to be for the "country kids." I guess it was just as well. I was way too shy ...

The Trick to Peeling Fresh Hard Boiled Eggs

Until recently, I have had such a difficult time peeling hard boiled eggs that were fresh from our chickens. It was almost impossible to peel them without getting half the white with the shell. I have tried every method and was unsuccessful. I read that you could salt the water or put white ...

Chickens Are Easy Owl Prey

Photos Courtesy of Judy SturmI was laying in bed, slowly drifting off to sleep when I heard the distinct 'hooot, hoot, hoot' of an owl outside my window. I got excited. I love owls! I laid there listening to the gentle hooting for some time before I realized I forgot to shut the chicken coop! ...

Butchering Homegrown Chickens

We decided this past year we would raise meat chickens. We raised meat chickens before but this time we tried to do it the right way, if there is such a thing. We have read a lot of Joel Salatin’s books and he has some great ideas on raising meat chickens on pasture. It was our goal to raise ...

Raising Heritage Breed Chickens for Meat

Raising heritage breed chickens for meat is difficult for a farmer to gauge timing of harvest. Currently the industry harvests birds at about 6 through 8 weeks of age. These super-sized industrial breeds grow very, very, very quickly. The industrial breeds such as the Cornish Cross are a ...

Plum Tired

It happened that day just as it did almost every other day. "Mom," said 10-year-old Tristan as he walked in the door from school, “I want an iPod. Even Sophia in Grade 2 has an iPod." Cody echoed Tristan's sentiments. "I'm the only one in my class without a phone," said the 12-year-old. And ...

How To Trick A Broody Hen

We’ve all had one. That hen that keeps trying to get broody all of the time and just won’t take no for an answer.Our little black hen always tended to be that way. She was some sort of mixed breed, and I’m not sure if that had something to do with it, but she sure would go broody. And ...

Nice To Meet Ya!

If 10 years ago you would have told me I'd be happily nestled onto a small plot of land surrounded by children, animals and dirt, I would have never have believed you. I didn't grow up thinking, man, I can't wait to bake everything from scratch, get my fingernails dirty in the garden and scoop ...

Introducing the Newest Member of Our Family

Marty and I are proud to introduce to you our long awaited and much ballyhooed extension to our chicken pen. It's been months in the making but that's not because we're such lazy folks and it takes us forever to complete a project. Well, not too much anyway! No, it took us so long because ...

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