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We built our first chicken coop in the spring of 2009. We really liked the design because we designed it so we could collect the eggs without having to step into where the chickens hung out. Sometimes you just need to grab the eggs, not hang out with the birds!

When we got our chickens in 2009 we had no idea what we were doing! Thankfully, we had amazing neighbors that were there to give us advice and answer our questions. We ordered our chicks and started with Rhode Island Reds, that are good for laying eggs and also with some broiler chickens (also known as meat birds.) We were super excited to have our own meat and could hardly believe that we could do that ourselves. What freedom you can have when you have your own land. Whoo Hooo!

February 2, 2019

 Every summer we sharpen up our knives and roll out the plucker in order to put the chickens in the freezer. (If you can't handle pictures of dead chickens then I suggest you don't continue to read this blog post.) The pictures that are posted aren't too graphic in my humble opinion, so if you want to learn how to process your own chicken, keep on reading.

 First you want to not feed your chickens for the last 12-24 hours...

January 30, 2019

 On our farm we have decided that raising meat chickens to sell locally is a great way to get some cash flow and get our family to work together. One of our boys does a lot of the care for the birds in order to earn a commission on the sale of the birds. In other words if he forgets that he is the manager of these birds and they die, he will earn less money. He takes care of them in the morning, making sure they have plenty of...

March 23, 2018

We got our first 6 ducks last year! They were the highlight of our summer! Oh, except for having 2 bottle lambs in the house running around with their diapered bums. Now that was cute!

I had heard that ducks were hard to manage because they are so ridiculously messy! So true. They are messy eaters and wet messy stuff comes out of their back-end on a regular basis. I probably would not have liked having them if I had to keep the...

March 20, 2018

There are great ways to manage chickens and here are some pointers that our farm does in order to keep our birds occupied, to benefit our yard and to keep away predators. If you follow these pointers your chickens will really benefit long term. The first pointer is...

1. Clean out your hen house once a year.

Yep, you heard right! There is no reason to do any more work then you need to! Because from now on, yo...

March 16, 2018

Some people think Guinea Hens are loud and obnoxious. That is true. I wouldn't recommend getting Guinea Hens if you have close neighbors. They can make a horrible racket! I feel that the obnoxious sound is minor compared to the benefit they give to a homestead. They are guardians of a farmstead. They will alert the chickens if there a is flying predator. If a strange dog wanders over to your yard. They will let you know! 

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March 14, 2018

Because we have a farm that is similar to the old time farm of yester-year, we just had to raise a few heritage turkey's. You know the kind of farm that was common back in the day, before people were so concerned about acquiring cheap food, where they don't care how it was raised? The kind of farm where the farmer raised an assortment of farm animals to put food on the table for their own family? Could it be, that I am thinkin...

March 13, 2018

This last summer, we decided that it just wasn't fair for people in our community to not have the chance to buy homegrown, out on the pasture chicken. Why should their only option be flavorless chicken from the store? We already had plenty of experience raising chickens so we ordered 240 Freedom Ranger chicks. Our goal was to sell 200 of them and whatever was left, we would keep for our own freezer....

March 9, 2018

Seriously, can you find a more perfect food than Farm fresh eggs? I think not. Every morning, I have my favorite breakfast. Eggs!!! Eggs cooked perfectly. Eggs cooked just right. Not just any ol eggs from the store, but from the lovely hens we have on our farm! Totally excited still!

Before having a farm fresh egg, I don't ever remember enjoying a fried egg. It all started when one of my friend's cooked me an egg that...

March 4, 2018

When you have new chicks coming from the post office or from the incubator you need to be prepared. Chicks need 90 degree temps to stay alive. They can't get chilled. If you don't have a heat lamp, go to the hardware store and get one or maybe more depending on how many chicks you are getting. If you have too many chicks for one heat lamp they might bunch up too much and then some babies could get trampled. No fun.

Heat lamps c...

February 25, 2018

 I believe that one of the first steps for us on our homesteading journey was building our chicken coop. Actually maybe the first step was being at a friend's house and she cooked me a fresh egg. I could not believe it was an egg! Is this an egg? How can this be an egg? I felt cheated. I lived into my late 20's and had no idea that eggs were supposed to taste like this! Has anybody else had this experience, besides me?

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