• Incubating Eggs, part 4: The Hatch!

    Hatch Day is officially over! Everyone who is going to hatch is hatched. We have 18 more baby chicks! *Of the eggs we had left at day 18, only one didn’t hatch. It never broke the shell, so I candled…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Pigs, a Learning Experience.

    Normally when I start something new, I spend weeks to months researching about it before I jump in. I read numerous books, articles, blog posts, all the while taking meticulous notes. I still feel woefully unprepared, but it eases my…

  • 2018 Plans

    With the start of the new year, I have been planning my goals and to do list. I’m trying to keep it simple since we will be adding a baby and that is a huge addition. However, there’s a lot…

  • At Least It’s Not Maine

    Funny little story. A couple years ago Vince was searching the internet for land. All the sudden he excitedly exclaims, “I found the perfect place!” Upon further inspection I inform him that land is in Maine and I don’t do…

  • Merry Christmas Eve!

    Merry Christmas Eve! This time last year we were in the midst of a move. We had just moved the day before and were surrounded by boxes and chaos. So much has changed since then, but we still surrounded by…

  • Chicken Math

    Ever heard the term Chicken Math? I hadn’t either until I got my first chickens. It appears there is this weird phenomenon where you set out to have a specific number of chickens and through various reasons you end up…