It has been sooooo crazy busy with the two "situations" that took over my life in March 2022 that I didn't even notice we were one hen short at night. Bob and Emma count chickens when they close up the coop at night. I don't. So imagine my surprise when late one night--after a veeeeerrryyy... Continue Reading →
The Chicken Tractor at Our Small Farm
When I accidentally killed chickens moving the chicken tractor, I whined about it on Facebook. That led to people asking me, "What is a chicken tractor?" There are lots of types of chicken tractors and I hesitated to talk about ours because it's not fitting for what we're trying to do now, but it's all... Continue Reading →
Ten days ago, these little buggers showed up in the mail. They've been in a pen in the barn until tonight when I moved them to the chicken tractor. I didn't want to move them to the chicken tractor tonight! The weather has cooled and it was rainy part of the day and windy all... Continue Reading →
Farm Foto of the Day: Guess Who’s a Big Chick Now?
Tonight mama hen and baby chick are on the top rung of the ladder. From nesting box and being nestled under mama's feathers to roosting like a big chick and preening itself all pretty. That baby is growing up so fast!
Our Scarecrow Is Only Scaring Me!
We haven't had eggs in 5 weeks. We've finally deduced the crows are going into the chicken coop to eat the eggs. It's time to finally do something about this now that we've identified the culprit(s). Emma's idea for a scarecrow seemed like a great way to fight those dastardly birds, and she worked hard... Continue Reading →
Today at Our Small Farm: Baby Chick Goes Exploring
It has been so long since I have updated this website about our farmhouse renovation and attempt to start a farm that I don't even know where to start. Honestly. That's one reason it has been so long: It gets to a point where catching up seems impossible, making it that much harder to even... Continue Reading →
A Tale of Two—No, Wait, Three—Roosters
While trying to start a farm and figure out the poultry part of it, we’ve realized we’ll need two different chicken setups: one for our laying hens and one for raising our own meat chickens. Now when I say raising our own, I mean by having a rooster and hens and eggs and nesting and... Continue Reading →
And We Have a Chicken Coop! (aka the chickens have a nicer house than I do!)
In the past few days, Bob and his son Jake were able to pick up where Andrew left off before leaving for vacation to get the chicken coop almost done, and Emma and I were able to help with the painting. All it lacks right now is a roof. We got some of the chickens... Continue Reading →