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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 ...

Moving to the Other Side of the Rainbow

Once upon a time, we were a busy family, rushing through the days, and living life. With a blended family of four children, somebody always had something going on. We had marching band, theater, soccer, baseball, baton, pottery, volunteer events, swim meets and water polo tournaments, plus the ...

Letters to the Editor From Our Readers, Winter 2014

A Fair TradeSometime in the late 1920s, my grandparents lived near Osceola, Iowa. One day, a salesman for Capper’s Weekly stopped by their home selling subscriptions. The cost back then was $1 for a year’s subscription. Money was very tight at that time, and Grandpa said he did not have an ...

Life and Death on the Farm

Strong storms moved through most of Wisconsin last night. Though we had quite the lightning show and heavy wind and rain, we were spared the structural damage that seems to have hit farther east, in the Madison area. Nonetheless, the wind and soaking rains did lead to the loss of three of our ...

Finding Organic Inspiration: Part II

So after googling until I thought I'd go cross-eyed, I found that other than growing their own veggies, a lot of people were also choosing to raise their own hens because apparently the process that the eggs we buy go through isn't exactly the greatest. ... Shocker!What I found was disturbing ...

Quiet Time

I am blessed. I grew up in town, but I have finally made it to my perfect country life in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of California. Sometimes life gets too busy and I forget to thank God for all I have and all I've been allowed to accomplish. I can't imagine any other life than the one I ...

Naming Our Chickens

To name or not to name your chickens, that is the question? When we started with our first three chickens, three years ago, of course we had to give them names. My three boys insisted on naming them. We named one Izzy and the other two were Rock and Roll. The latter two looked exactly alike. ...

Pastured Eggs

After enjoying a wonderful Easter Sunday cantata at our church, Bryan and I headed another 45 minutes south (and thus about 1 1/2 hours south of our farm) to pick up 20 1-year-old laying hens from an Organic Valley Coop egg farmer who had them for sale. I like Organic Valley and am a loyal ...

Safe Free Ranging Using Chunnels

After losing three hens to poisonous edibles in the woods behind the coop, I had to come up with a safe free-range solution for my girls. After doing a little research, I discovered these “Chunnels” on the internet and made a modified version that I felt would suit our needs. They give Mom ...

From Stay-at-Home Mom to Hobby Farmer

If you asked me 20 years ago, when I was in college, what I would be doing 20 years in the future, farming was the last thing I would have said. About that time I met my husband, and he lived on the edge of a pick-your-own farm in New York’s Hudson Valley. We had the run of the place and ...

Letters to the Editor From Our Readers, Summer 2014

“Thank You” From a Happy ReaderI just wanted to shout out a huge “thank you” for making Capper’s Farmer a subscription magazine! I love this magazine and have been picking it up since the very first issue. I subscribed the minute I saw that we finally could. Thanks again for such a ...

From Brooder House To Chicken House

Dear readers,On my last post, Old Buildings, I promised that if you “stay tuned,” I would begin our story about what we did with several of the old buildings, so here goes with the smallest one!When our granddaughter, Erin, moved to our farm, she not only brought her horse and three newly ...

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