Spring has sprung! We have daffodils and hyacinths blooming, baby chicks in the coop, egg production is booming and everything is turning green. Life is good. Everything always seems so rosy, like anything is possible each spring. Farm living just can't be beat and I am truly blessed to be able to be doing something I love and to have met such wonderful people along the way. It seems that each week brings new and exciting opportunities. It's impossible to be anything but deliriously happy in the spring on a farm. Enjoy these photos from our week.
Stop! Don't throw out that old rusted metal chicken feeder! Turn it into a cute herb planter in no time -perfect for growing some thyme, sage, mint, basil and other healthy herbs for your flock!
We are excited to announce - brand new for 2014 - our Chicken Keepers Heirloom Seed Collections! Partnering with Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, we have put together ten unique non-GMO heirloom seed collections, each specifically chosen for a different purpose to aid you in your backyard chicken keeping.
It's a common misconception that roosters are the loud mouths of the barnyard. But you can't raise laying hens for long before you will start to hear an awful screeching and cackling coming from the direction of the coop each morning. What you're hearing is the hen's 'egg song'.
This past week was ALL about baby chicks! We had one hatch in our incubator and two more hatch under our broody Chocolate Orpington, Truffle. Truffle is now happily mothering three new chicks in a dog crate on the floor of our coop complete with dirt to scratch in, clumps of grass and weeds to munch on, warm straw bedding and even a cute pink bunting! This is our 6th spring to have baby chicks on the farm, but watching the miracle of life never ceases to amaze! Enjoy this peek at our new babies!
I've been raising our flock naturally for more than half a decade now - without using any chemicals or antibiotics - and have been sharing my methods here on the blog since 2011. I've written about raising baby chicks naturally, and written numerous articles about various aspects of natural chicken care over the years, but for those just starting out on the natural path, or starting out with adult laying hens not baby chicks, here's a quick guide to the basics of natural chicken keeping. It's not hard to 'go natural', not expensive and it's never too late to start on the natural path to happy, healthy chickens!
It's undeniable that spring is in the air here in Virginia. Days are getting longer and egg production is up. Crocuses and daffodils are blooming, and there's been a bit of hanky panky going on in the barnyard. We didn't catch any of that on film, but enjoy this selection of photos from our farm from the past week!
Life can be stressful. Farm life even more so at times. Stress can lead health problems and trouble sleeping, so reducing anxiety and stress is very important. However, when I've got fertile eggs incubating and getting ready to hatch, I can't help but worry about them and get up to check on them in the incubator many times each night. That leads to terrible sleeping habits, as you can imagine.
Snow, mud, more mud, muddy ducks, a broody hen sitting on eggs, eggs in the incubator, new curtains for the nesting boxes, perfect duck egg souffles and an invite to a holiday celebration this coming December that is NOT to be believed! All in all, a pretty awesome week around here! Share a bit with me...
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Why, oh why, do they do it? Why will chickens literally sit on top of each other in the same nesting box - or stand just outside the box and cackle and carry on until the offending hen in the box is done - when there is a row of identical boxes completely empty and at their disposal? Nesting Box Wars is what I call it. Here's why the wars are waged and a simple solution to end them...
They say that good news comes in threes. Well, it sure did this week! First I received an invitation to P. Allen Smith's exclusive gardening bloggers' workshop at his Arkansas home in May. Thrilled beyond belief - mostly to have the opportunity to meet him and to check out his chickens and coops - I would have been perfectly content if that was the end of this week's good news....but there was more to come.