A Week in Farm Photos - June 30th to July 6th

This week brought the first heat of the summer, but also the first fresh corn. We enjoyed fresh eggs all week as usual, along with plenty of herbs from the garden in omelets, frittatas and iced tea. This week also brought us a glut of broody hens, two of whom you'll see below, not at all happy being told 'no more chicks' this year! Enjoy some of this week's best.













10 comments:

  1. Guess who got the FED post in her inbox this morning? ;)

    Seriously love that pic of Linus!

    Have a great Sunday, Lisa! :D

    ~Kristi

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    1. Hahaha no pressure right Kristi? Glad you subscribed! Enjoy your day.
      Lisa

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  2. Love that duck picture! They actually appear to be having a conversation. Lol

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  3. Love that duck picture! They actually appear to be having a conversation. Lol

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  4. I love the kitty in the window picture! One day SOON we want to get out of the city.
    Thanks for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist! Hope to see you again this week.

    http://back2basichealth.blogspot.com/2013/07/tuesdays-with-twist-14-is-here.html

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  5. I would love to learn more from you about the cohabitation of your horses a chickens/ducks. I have horses and want to add chickens and ducks next yr in self defense to the million grasshoppers and ticks I have! Are there any issues in keeping them together? Did you do a formal intro to your horses? Any tips would be appreciated! Thanks Kari

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    1. Our paint horse was probably 16 years old when we got our first chickens and to our knowledge had never seen one before in his life. He has never stepped on one or chased one. In fact, both horses seem to actually look before stepping when the chickens are out. No issues at all keeping them together.

      We don't use horse fly spray any longer tho, I was worried about the chickens possibly breathing in h chemicals and instead use a homemade vinegar-based spray on the horses and lots of sticky fly strips in their stalls.

      The chickens roam the pasture when I let them out to free range and they eat the horse poop, which chickens have done for centuries, so we don't worm the horses any longer with Ivermectin, instead we add food-grade DE to their feed, as well as to the chicken feed to keep everyone worm free naturally.

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    2. Thanks for the horse info. Of my 5 horses I know 2 will be so curious it will be a Kodak moment for sure when I get chickens! I know chickens are great on spreading manure which dramatically slows down the breeding grounds for flies to lay their eggs so it seems they are a natural companion. I don't use chemicals on my horses, I used the natural fly predator wasps last yr instead.

      I just read about a vinegar based spray and am glad to hear you use it so it must work! I will search your blog as you likely have the recipe posted already. How often do you give your horses DE and how much so you give? Your chickens are so gorgeous I can't wait to have my own! ~ Kari

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    3. Chickens are great tillers, aerators and spreaders! They do an awesome job on the piles of horse manure, its pretty gross but they love it!

      I actually don't have the fly spray recipe posted - I've been told by my publisher to save it for my book which is due out in October...but I can tell you that the base is white vinegar and there are some aromatic herbs in it. Experiment and I bet you'll find something that works just fine. The DE should be fed in a 2% ratio. I add it daily - actually I mix it into the whole bag of feed as soon as we open the bag. Just guesstimate what 2% would be....or sprinkle some into the feed each evening (or morning).

      Congrats! You'll really enjoy the chickens..animals really get along far better than we give them credit for. Our horses, dogs, cat, chickens and ducks all live in harmony.

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    4. Harmony is what I hope for indeed! Not sure if my cats have the same definition of harmony as yours. Mine hunt birds including larger prairie grouse so e-net fence is planned for sure! I see that Amazon Canada has your book for pre-order too so I added one to my cart just now. It will be the perfect book to read this winter as I look out at the snow we will likely have come your release date of Oct 15th and dream of green grass and natural chickens in the spring! ~ Kari

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