Our Chicken Run

I've been asked for some pictures of our chicken run/fence. While our property doesn't have a perimeter fence, we do have a chicken run to keep our flock safe at night and during inclimate weather, and we free range them in nice weather. The back side of the coop is covered with hardware cloth and … Continue reading Our Chicken Run

Pros and Cons of Free-Ranging Chickens

As our 2nd year with chickens comes to a close, I figured I'd share our assessment with you; what we found profitable, what we found to be wasteful, etc. In particular, this post will focus on the pros and cons of free-ranging. We'll start with the positives first. Pros Saves money on feed- this should … Continue reading Pros and Cons of Free-Ranging Chickens

Back to Eden: Barrenness to Abundance

This is the start of our 3rd year on this property. Lately I had been really discouraged about all the things we need to do, and the things we haven't been able to accomplish (goats, windows, roof, doors, floors, kitchen, bathrooms, etc...) But then, I happened across an old picture of the place before we … Continue reading Back to Eden: Barrenness to Abundance

Black Consort Currant Cuttings

I'm in full-out winter-prep mode. I'm thinking through fall 2018 and spring 2019 plantings already!! So, I worked on our berry area today during naptime. I pruned back the currant and raspberries/blackberries this past weekend. So, I had 5 currant cuttings to plant. The little buds are leaf buds. But, the big fat buds like … Continue reading Black Consort Currant Cuttings

Work Day on the Homestead

One of the biggest challenges of homesteading with 3 small children is... homesteading with 3 small children.It's almost impossible to get a job done without interruption making it take 4 times as long.It helps a little to have my husband home helping, but we rarely end up working on the same task to completion. Usually, … Continue reading Work Day on the Homestead

Husband Brag

I'd like to take this opportunity to brag on my husband a little... Okay, a lot. And maybe brag is the wrong word; it's not a boastful sentiment I want to express as much as one of cherishing my husband. Since Baby Henrik was born, my man has been absolutely outstanding in the departments of … Continue reading Husband Brag

Planning for Spring 2018

Here are the things I need to address this winter: Bees- order 3lb package locally Chickens- decide on breed for flock expansion and set up brooders Garden- what to plant and where; seed start area Goats- build shelter; fencing; milking stand; water and feed; medical preparations; get goats Fermentation- start brewing ACV; kombucha; kefir These … Continue reading Planning for Spring 2018

Chicken Treats

It is reeeally cold outside. So that means our time outdoors is limited and that makes for one antsy mama and an extremely rambunctious 2 year old. Today, our "science lesson" involved a nature walk searching for pinecones in the woods. We discussed pinecones and found some good specimens, then brought them inside to turn … Continue reading Chicken Treats

Over Wintering our Chickens

We've had some below freezing temps. As such, our concerns for the chickens are 3 fold: There are a couple going through a molt, so they lack feathers for body heat retention. Their water has been freezing. There's less sunlight and they aren't laying as prolifically as in the summer. The first issue of molt … Continue reading Over Wintering our Chickens