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Miss Houdinis Close Call

I'm back after a long absence from blogging – extra responsibilities here at Laurelwood and in my other work. Then Christmas week arrived and most things were put on hold except absolutely necessary chores – feeding and watering stock and chickens, water problems, and bringing in wood. We ...

Green Choices for Chicken Coop Bedding

Learn to treat your flock to a diet rich in a variety of herbs, greens, and flowers with Fresh Eggs Daily (St. Lynn’s Press, 2013). Lisa Steele offers dozens of simple and intelligent tips for “going natural” that help you avoid common ailments that plague many backyard flocks. This ...

Building Rome on the Range

Much of what I have read in the Capper's Farmer blogs is based on other areas of the country, not in central Texas where we live, so I tend to roll my eyes in envy of four seasons. I've been in Texas most of my 50-plus years, and I've come to the conclusion that we really only have two real ...

Chickens in The Pig Pen

I was explaining some of the problems I was having with my pigs to my daddy. I was stressing and fidgeting, going into great detail about problems. Dad figured I needed to loosen up a little, so when I got done venting, he told me the story of his chickens with the pig.I laughed until I ...

Amazing Dedication

Chickens come in all colors, shapes and sizes. One of my favorite chicken breeds is the Mille Fleur. This is a Bantam breed with feathers that go all the way down their legs. Mille Fleur is translated Thousand Flowers. They are a colorful bird. We have a number of these little chickens on the ...

Tuning Out and Turning Off

There are things that we must all learn when it comes to living the country life, homesteading, getting off the grid, and so on. Many of us find that there are innumerable resources, from books to websites and everything in between, detailing the intricacies and how-to of daily life and we ...

What, Another Skunk?!

Morning: There is always a lot going on at the farm ...Wow! Am I accident-prone! I tell you these wildlife creatures are going to be the death of me.At 3:00 this morning, the smell of skunk woke me out of a sound sleep. I reach over to wake up Russ. He says, "Let's go find it before it gets ...

A 1924 Guide to Perfect Poultry

Hi, my name’s Chris. And, because I have agreed to blog for Capper’s Farmer and don’t wish to give you any misconceptions about me, let me start by stating what I am NOT.I am NOT a farmer.My 13-year-old daughter, however, wishes to own a farm some day. She would like for it to be filled ...

Why Move to the Country

Hello, I'm Nana, and I live with Grandpa in the country on a little piece of land I call Nana's Ranch. Because I've only lived here full-time for a little more than a year, a lot of my blogs will be about discovery and overcoming things I never envisioned possible. How did we end up in the ...

Chicken Makes Nest in the Outhouse

Years ago usually everyone had one holers. One fellow decided he'd build a two holer. His neighbor wanted to be better so he built a three holer. One day he went in to use it and he had gotten to the third hole as the others were "well used." Suddenly he jumps out "with his pants down" ...

Outhouse Used as a Place to Hide Broken Eggs

As a child we wallpapered the outhouse with scraps and pieces left from the trimmings mother had when our home walls got a face lift.Once in a while the outhouse was a place to hide mistakes, like when forgetting the leavening out of baked goods or accidental breakage of eggs while gathering ...

Dad Shoots Rat Near Outhouse and Almost Injures Girl

I'm not sure if I was eight or nine years old, at the time, before my parents had a bathroom. My habit was to run to the outhouse before I went to school. One morning as I was going out there I saw a big rat at the wood pile near the outhouse. Knowing that morn's chicks were disappearing I ran ...

Cornered in the Outhouse

I was five years old and cornered in our little outhouse by the neighbor's red rooster. Every time I opened the door to go out, he flew at me. I screamed and cried until finally the rooster's owner rescued me. He walked me to our door with that horrible creature tucked under his arm, and told ...

Chickens in the Outhouse

During the war in 1944 we bought our first house out in the country. All we had was a shell of a house and an outhouse.A friend gave us a hen with twelve baby chickens, and the only place we had to keep them was in the outhouse.One night a violent thunderstorm came up, the lightning and thunder ...

Dangerous Walk to the Outhouse

The old outhouse is quite vivid in my memory, especially the cold winters, or during an electrical storm. One outstanding incident that is told often in our family doesn't pertain to either of these, however.We lived on a farm in northeastern Kansas. I had three older sisters, so when I needed ...

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