Category Archives: chickens

My life in pictures the past month

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Imprint

Had my first (ever) baby chick hatch yesterday. Out of 24 eggs, it’s starting to look like this one may be an only child My initial plan was to raise a couple of dozen, eat all the roosters, and raise … Continue reading

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Egg Bound with 48 hours to live

Friday afternoon,  I picked up 25 beautiful young laying hens. I’ve decided to get back into farm fresh egg sales.  These hens will be grazing outside during the day, rather than cooped up in a building. Saturday morning I went … Continue reading

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Had to send them packing

Six laying hens are the perfect number to keep us supplied with eggs. When things got weird this past March and eggs were in short supply, I decided to keep a dozen hens.  Then added another 6 to the mix … Continue reading

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The Good Gift

This will be short. Picture of our property in 1921. The young girl in the middle surrounded by chickens was the previous owner before we bought it.  Her name was Cecelia.   She never got married.  She loved cats.  Had over … Continue reading

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Introducing….

Wanted to introduce the latest addition to our farm family, QJ : He is a silver penciled rock crossed with Americana.  He came from our neighbors next door (Hi Nicole ) 😉  Since he was already named, I kind of … Continue reading

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When the grandkids visit the farm

All of our kids and grand kids were back this week to celebrate  grandma’s birthday.  (It was a good week) As things were starting to wind down,   one of the  granddaughters asked, “Can I check on the chickens  one more … Continue reading

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Now that had to hurt

Gathered  these, this morning from our new  pullets. In case you’ve never had chickens before, when a chicken first starts to lay, you will  sometimes find an egg with a double (or even triple) yoke. I think we have a … Continue reading

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My One Weakness

  Farm fresh eggs are my one weakness. (Ever see Larkrise to Candleford?… remember Doras Lane?) Like I was just saying..farm fresh eggs are my one weakness… What’s the point of living on a hundred year old farmstead if you … Continue reading

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Running from the law

Got a thank you note from Dawn and the girls  yesterday. They are back home. They’d been living with us since early April. Not one, but five single females. Now that is a lot of Estrogen. I haven’t mentioned this … Continue reading

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