How to Raise Chicks Simplified

How to Raise Chicks Simplified

We received our chicks this morning!  I decided to get the brown egg layer assortment this year.  I’m not exactly sure what’s what and who’s who, but my children have already named a few of our soon-to-be hens!  I did notice that two of them are the Turkens, with the bald neck and head……………my thoughts […]

What is a Chicken Tractor and Why Do We Use It?

What is a Chicken Tractor and Why Do We Use It?

Follow me on Facebook and Pinterest! Living on a farm for 11 years, I sometimes forget that some don’t know what I’m talking about when I mention a chicken tractor.  I like to keep things as simple as possible here on the homestead, and a chicken tractor goes right along with my philosophy!  So, here it […]

Ways to Put Those Old Hens to Work!

Ways to Put Those Old Hens to Work!

You know it’s time to butcher old hens when you can’t remember what year you bought them as chicks.  I think I can actually call a couple of them pioneers to this farm, and we’ve been here for 6 years. We tried following the finger measuring rule and vent rule and butchered a couple of […]

My Confession as a Mama Hen

My Confession as a Mama Hen

You’ve heard the saying, “You can’t give advice about parenting unless you have children.” Although I was not guilty of that one, I do have a confession to make. Here it goes. I was one of these mamas… A younger wife and mother who looked down upon older, wiser moms because they weren’t as protective […]

Ducks verses Chickens – An Egg Laying Experiment

Ducks verses Chickens – An Egg Laying Experiment

One of the fun things about homesteading is experimenting.  I am an inquisitive person and like to know the whats, whys and hows of many things that interest me.  Notice I said ‘that interests me.’  That is key.  How a car engine runs or what the latest cell phone app is does not interest me […]

Chicken Pageant – Most Likely to Succeed

I have been receiving votes on the best laying hen for the past couple of weeks now, and it is time to announce the most popular layers!  Thank you to all who participated! I did this not only to help others learn a little bit more about some popular breeds, but for a selfish reason […]