"Know well the condition of your flocks..." Proverbs 27:23 I've been really convicted lately by my own pride keeping me from walking in God's will. The consequences have been emotionally devastating. I have a proclivity to make decisions in haste and then ask God's blessing on them without first seeking His guidance in the first … Continue reading Meet Our New Flock
This is a really difficult post to write and even as I sit here, I'm intermittently sobbing. This past weekend, my husband's parents came down to help us finish building our chicken coop. We would have been at a complete loss without my father in law because he actually knows what he is doing when … Continue reading My Only Chicken
Ugh. Lumber is expensive. I know there are ways to get it cheap or scavenged. But I didn't do that. In fact, we've spent a stupid amount of money on this daggone chicken coop and run. But ya know what? I would rather it be done the right way with quality materials and only have … Continue reading Chicken Coop Building Materials List
All our girls are doing well. Before we got the chicks, I made a point of putting together a "chicken first aid kit" because I wanted to be prepared should we encounter pasty butt, coccidiosis, parasites, fungal infection, bacterial infection, respiratory infection, our cuts from bigger chicks bullying the smaller ones, etc. Fortunately, we haven't … Continue reading Chicken Update: Feed, First aid
I've been driving myself nuts trying to design a chicken coop. Honestly, there are too many choices and builds online without sufficient details in the plans about materials needed. So, I drew up my own plans. In my reading, everything said plan on more chickens than you have to account for replenishing your flock. So, … Continue reading Chicken Coop Plans
Busy day! We picked up our last two chicks at the co-op this morning- Black Cuckoo Marans. They're doing fine with the others and we now have our full flock of 9. I have a suspicion that one of our Buff Orpingtons is a rooster, based on size and wing sexing, but I've also never … Continue reading Terracing, Burning, and Grooming
When I was a kid, chicken day meant a trip to KFC after church on Sunday. Not so today! My husband woke up early to drive to the co-op and pick up our day old chicks before work. We've got 3 Buff Orpingtons (yellow chicks), 2 Ameraucanas (pretty brown patterned ones), and 2 Black Australorps … Continue reading It’s Chicken Day!!!
Lots going on here lately! 7 of our 9 baby chicks come tomorrow, the other two will be here Friday. The brooder is set up, but we're debating using a bigger box. We'll see once they get here. Finally got the temp to settle at about 95°F under the heat lamp, until about 3:00pm when … Continue reading Homestead Update: Chicks, Beds, and Veggies