It's spring! That means outdoor activity around here has sprung into high gear. The hyacinths and tulips have finished their bloom cycles. The strawberries, peaches, apricots, plums, and nectarines are blossoming. The onions that overwintered, as well as the freshly planted ones, are coming up strong and healthy and happy. The rhubarb that the chickens … Continue reading Busy Days! And Seed Saving
Rodent control -- That brings to mind a variety of unpleasant pictures. Natural disasters are often fraught with rodent population explosions in a very short period of time. The infamous Black Death of the Middle Ages was spread by rodents - or rather, by the fleas that lived on the rodents. Even today, the Plague, … Continue reading World’s Best Mousetrap
My first experience with chicken coops was on my mother's farm many years ago when I was a teenager. Her coop was in a corner of the barn. It had 2 doors - one to the outside where the fenced in-and-over run was located and one to the inside of the barn. The inside door … Continue reading Chicken Coop Learning Curve
#Store-bought factory eggs.We all know them.So lovely, all uniformly gleaming white, uniform size and shape in their carton. Crack them open and you see a very pretty, sort of lemony-yellow yolk.#Locally raised, farm fresh truly free-range eggs.Talk about VARIETY! These eggs come in all kinds of colors - ranging from white to pinkish to tan … Continue reading OF EGGS AND EGG-SPENCES
LOL, yes, there is now a horse trough residing in our living room. Furthermore, it will probably be there for several months. It's currently providing shelter (from the cat as well as the elements) for 30 brand new Cornish Cross chicks that will be hopefully providing us with a nice supply of Cornish Game hens … Continue reading You have a HORSE TROUGH in your LIVING ROOM?!?
11 weeks ago, we started on a new venture… CHICKENS!!!! After studying the various breeds for many months, their needs, expected production, housing needs, and their strengths/weaknesses, then comparing that with our goals, we selected two breeds to start with. What were we looking for in our starter flock? Well, since we live in Southern … Continue reading A New Venture