Homesteading

The Peculiar Case of the Rooster

At the start of October my oldest came back in, after letting the birds out for the morning. He asked me "You didn't tell me you took in a new bird!". Um...what? I went down and there was a new bird just hanging out. On the edge of our middle coop. He was very, very… Continue reading The Peculiar Case of the Rooster

Homesteading

Adding A Third Chicken Coop

A year goes by and you realize you are putting in a third chicken coop on the homestead. Chicken Math. It's real. We now have 15 hens and 1 rooster. The numbers slide up and down. We have lost a few to Bald Eagles, but then we adopt ones in that need new homes. Of… Continue reading Adding A Third Chicken Coop

Homesteading

Raising Chicks (and other fowl) Without Heat Lamps

I am scared of heat lamps. It's a slightly irrational fear, but based in truth. I have known far too many cases of chicken coops and barns burning down from heat lamps that fell. Every year something happens. It is horrifying to read about it. When we got our first baby ducklings we picked up… Continue reading Raising Chicks (and other fowl) Without Heat Lamps

Gardening · Homesteading

Working On The Homestead

February was a relatively normal February as it goes. A mostly mild winter month, with a couple days of snow and a week of low temperatures to pause nature. As I worked on setting up the portable pop up greenhouses in the orchard bed, the two dawrf hens (V and Gray Grey) popped in to… Continue reading Working On The Homestead

Homesteading

Bernie: The Chicken Who Walks Her Own Path

Of all the chickens that have come and gone through our homestead this past year the one that stands out is Bernie. She looks nothing like the "sisters" she came with when we got them just hatched last spring. She is the one with the little white spot on her head....she looked like Bernie Sanders,… Continue reading Bernie: The Chicken Who Walks Her Own Path