Spring is almost here and this is when I hear many newbies mention how much fun it would be to try hatching baby chicks themselves. And that’s great! Hatching baby chicks is fun, educational, and rewarding. But, it’s not always just cute little bundles of fluff. Sometimes it’s difficult, and even downright disgusting. So I thought it would be a good idea to tell you exactly what to expect when you have baby chicks hatching.
There are a few little clumps of snow on the ground and there is always a chance for more where we live, but Spring is near and on the farm, that means babies! In our case, we put eggs in the incubators. Soon we’ll have chicken and quail chicks. Again. Continue reading
We really have a lot of birds. And I am not talking about the wild ones either (though we really have a lot of wild birds, too). I am talking about birds on our homestead. I think they are taking over. Continue reading
I hadn’t really given this question much thought before today. Do you know the average weight of a chicken egg? I didn’t, until I looked it up. Continue reading
Wow, what a day. We decided to put clean straw in the birthing stall today because we knew Molly was going to have her baby soon and we wanted to get ready. Well, we have some amazing timing.
Today is another two-fer, this time for the letter G. That’s because I can’t decide if I want to write about goats or gardening – both of which I love.
Gardening was my first love. I have been gardening since I was old enough to stand up. My parents always had a huge garden and summer was highlighted by eating fresh, yummy veggies every day. In fact, I would often raid the garden when I was outside playing, looking for goodies to snack on. Continue reading
I don’t think I know anyone on a farm or homestead that doesn’t have a dog. That includes us. We have 3 dogs: A Rottie named Tango, a Boxer/Mastiff/Dane mix named Brewer, and a Cattle Dog mix (I think. I can never remember for some reason) named Chief.
Chief is the smallest, but he is the boss. Fortunately, he is pretty sweet, too. 🙂 Continue reading
Today’s A-Z Challenge post is the letter C. Chickens seemed like the natural topic because they are easy to keep and, in some places, you can have a few in your backyard even if you live in town. Raising chickens is a step toward being more self sufficient.
Chickens are pretty easy to keep. They need a draft-free coop as well as clean food and water. Food can be commercial feed from the farm store or it can be kitchen scraps, grass, bugs, worms… chickens will eat pretty much anything. Continue reading
As you may or may not know, the bee population is declining rapidly. Bees are dying off from disease as well as the increase use of pesticides farmers and gardeners use on their crops. You may think, “Who cares; it’s a bug” but the fact is, we need bees to live. Continue reading
I figured out my A post. Well, my husband did. Don’t know what I’d do without him. I was actually looking for something to eat.