Do you know what it means when your hen is a grumpy ball of feathers refusing to leave her nest? That’s a broody chicken. A hen who gets the broody bug will complain if moved and quickly hustle back to sit on the nest (even without eggs), and bully the other chickens out of the […]
A coworker of mine is getting chicks this spring and brought me a list of chicken care questions that I thought I’d post up here. I have found a lot of posts online about specific topics, but I think the below list for basic starter questions might be particularly helpful for someone just starting chicken […]
Eggs are a pretty incredible food and if you’ve got hens on your homestead you probably collect many of them every day. But what’s the difference between this egg and that, and what makes them so nutritious? Like your chickens, eggs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and no two are exactly alike.
When I was a kid we raised every kind of farm animal you could imagine. My dad was always partial to the turkeys and he had lots of them. I hated them because the tom turkeys didn’t like my little prairie dresses blowing in the breeze and would attack me as if I were a […]
As a beginner gardener my greatest frustration was know what to plant, and when to plant it. Living here in Phoenix, our growing season is usually completely opposite of the rest of the country. Trying to follow most online gardeners left me with nothing growing, stunted growth or burned-up plants. But, truly, avoiding these mistakes […]
My great-grandfather raised goats, so, of course, my mother felt it necessary to have goats on our farm when I was growing up. Even though our goat herd consisted of just 3 goats, having them was a wonderful experience. I can still remember a very pregnant Annie following me down the steep hill to the […]