Just a few thoughts

When I was little, I wanted to be a vet. I loved animals and wanted them all. Then I volunteered at a vet's office for a morning and a dog died. I realized then I didn't want to be a vet. It wasn't really the dog dying that made me realize it, but it was... Continue Reading →

Home Processing

This Saturday, we set about the hard task of processing, aka butchering, all our extra roosters. This was our first time and it was certainly a learning experience. We had hoped to get it finished quickly, but 26 roosters took us about 8 hours. (If TSC hadn't given us roosters instead of the pullets I... Continue Reading →

Today is Hatch Day… again…

Today is Hatch Day... again... While the awe of watching a tiny little chick break into the world all on its own, the reality of having more chicks to care for is slightly overwhelming. We have never had this many chickens at so many different stages of life, and lets just say it is maddening.... Continue Reading →

Brooders and Chicks!

It has been a long time since we have had baby chicks around. The last time was the summer before last and they were raised by a mama hen, so we didn’t get to experience the joys of baby chicks in brooders. The last time I actually took care of baby chicks was the Spring... Continue Reading →

Incubating Eggs, Part 3

We made it to day 18! The day 10 candling confirmed that the all those Minorca, and two other eggs, did not develop. While I am disappointed, it might have been a good thing. While the Minorcas are supposed to do great in our climate, they are extremely flighty and annoying. So we decided we... Continue Reading →

Incubating Eggs, part 2

Today is day 7! This is a big day because we get to see how the eggs are doing, and because I have patiently waited this long. Yay, me! So far, so good. Most of the eggs are showing veins and a tiny baby chick, and the air sack looks about the right size. The... Continue Reading →

Incubating Eggs, part 1

Back in September we bought our first two sets of breeding chickens, Ameraucanas and Minorcas. I have been “patiently” waiting to actually start hatching those eggs. Well, that time has finally come! The only eggs we have ever hatched were hatched by a broody hen, so all I had to do was give her eggs... Continue Reading →

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