We use Black Oil Sunflower Seeds (BOSS) for our chickens instead of corn. Especially in colder weather, I supplement our birds extra protein, where most people supplement more grain, usually corn. I have a few reasons for doing it differently. First off, BOSS is roughly 17% protein, 44% fat, 24% NDF (fiber)¹ Corn, however, is … Continue reading Black Oil Sunflower Seeds vs Corn for Chickens
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
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
I wanted to evaluate my first year experience with the Back to Eden garden. I decided to break the experience into sections: preparation, planting, productivity, weeding and watering, overall experience. My rating scale is from 1-10 with 1 being unsuccessful and 10 being absolute success. The effort to reward ratio will be covered in the … Continue reading Year 1 Evaluation of Back to Eden Experience
It has been raining here literally since I woke up at 7:45 this morning (likely before) and still hasn't let up. As such, we set about indoor activities today. My son went with our good friends (and incidentally his favorite sitter) for a fun day at the pumpkin patch and a costume party. I don't … Continue reading Rainy Autumn Saturday
There have been a lot of financial changes in our household within the last month. My husband quit his electrician apprenticeship in order to be home with us more and focus on finishing his seminary degree. Praise God, I had been praying for a way for him to be home with us more and not … Continue reading Why Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts Suck
What a day! On the docket this week has been our church's vacation Bible school, so my husband and I and the kids are just worn out. My brain is fried, I'm not going to lie. The kids and I slept later than usual this morning- 7:15am! I know, outrageous. So I went to let … Continue reading Chicken Chasing!
My father-in-law was trying to convince me we needed a piglet because he found some for sale at $100/each. I now know where my husband gets his powers of persuasion. They drive hard bargains. That said, I stood strong- I just don't think we are ready for a pig yet. And then I realized something... … Continue reading Paleo’s Dirty Little Secret