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Coming Home with Chicks

June 3, 2013
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Coming Home with Chicks

Last week when my son saw the sign on the Amish farm, “Chicks For Sale”, I had a soft moment for some reason and stopped to let him look.  He was so excited. He had been wanting to get a few chicks since we didn’t hatch any this year due to being roosterless.   They…

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How To Hatch Out Chicks

June 29, 2011
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How To Hatch Out Chicks

I’m not exactly sure how to hatch out chicks at home using a incubator.  We tried it once.  We used a small styrofoam incubator a few years ago and attempted to hatch chicks very unsuccessfully.  We religiously monitored the temperature, humidity and turned the eggs three times a day.  At the end of the 3 weeks of torture trying to hatch out…

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Downsizing our Chicken Flock

June 10, 2011
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Downsizing our Chicken Flock

It was a very good day.  About a month ago, we sold half of our chickens.  An unusual feeling of happy giddiness overwhelmed me that day as I thought of those birds leaving my farm for good.  I still think of that day and it makes me smile.  Now, don’t get me wrong…. I love farm fresh…

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Egg Chores

September 27, 2010
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Egg Chores

A while back we transitioned our older boys out of the egg business. They were needed to do more complicated, bigger chores around the farm, like milking the cow. The younger ones were in need of regular, consistent responsibility with chores that were doable but still a bit challenging for them. So our 7 year old…

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Baby Chicks

August 13, 2010
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Baby Chicks

We had 4 hens hatch out chicks this summer.  The boys noticed the hens go broody and were able to separate them and place them in their own small chicken tractor so predators didn’t bother them.  Within a few weeks each hen hatched out a batch of chicks.  I think we have about 24 new chicks running around…

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2010 Spring Time on the Farm

April 21, 2010
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2010 Spring Time on the Farm

It isn’t a understatement that we have been swamped with activity here on the farm. This year has brought us many changes….many good changes for our family and we are starting to feel like we are gaining traction once again. This spring, we are enjoying all the babies being born. We’ve had several different sets…

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Moo Cow and other farm animals

January 16, 2010
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Moo Cow and other farm animals

He knows she’s a moo cow and he’s not afraid of her.  He runs right up to her and moo’s with her. He doesn’t like the chickens much.  He tricked them by walking around the yard with an empty feed scoop. They kept begging.  He kept shouting “NO” and pointing his finger at them. He’s a small…

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The Chicken Cow Cat

September 1, 2009
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Our 6 year old came in the house a few days ago with an important farm announcement concerning our barn cat.  Missy Mouser is definitely pregnant!  She has a big round belly and is losing feathers around her teats.  I guess that might be a sure sign to this little  farm boy who is confusing the…

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Homeschool Science Lessons from the Frog

May 25, 2009
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Homeschool Science Lessons from the Frog

The frogs and toads are out in full force.  Night time is a symphony of sound.  I love leaving the windows open and listening to the night sounds…that is until I am reminded we live on a farm with renegade roosters who know where my bedroom window is.  Our science lessons are all around us…outside. …

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Mother’s Day Gift from My Boy

May 13, 2009
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Mother’s Day Gift from My Boy

Even with all the laundry and the messes…….all the endless work, there are amazing perks to this job!  Whether it is those little smiles, giggles, hugs and kisses…or those cute pictures they draw for me and fresh yard weed flowers they pick… motherhood is beautiful and incredibly rewarding and fulfilling every day, not just on Mother’s Day.  My…

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Our Improved Chick Incubator

April 6, 2009
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Our Improved Chick Incubator

We didn’t have a great experience hatching out chicks last month.  We lost the two chicks that did finally hatch out and haven’t tried hatching out more chicks yet.  However, our boys informed us that two of our hens went “broody”.  The boys know how to spot this sort of thing…  It is when a hen…

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Shell-less egg

March 18, 2009
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Shell-less egg

This was an unusual egg.  It didn’t have a shell.  No, we didn’t eat it. 

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Incubating Chicken Eggs Summary

March 10, 2009
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Wow, that was a huge learning experience.  Hatching out our own chicks didn’t work out like we had planned.  To sum up the results:   We finally had one chick…then another…then several more that started to hatch but didn’t make it.  A couple of days after they hatched, the light bulb went out that kept the two…

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Incubating Chicken Eggs: Humidity is important

March 3, 2009
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Incubating Chicken Eggs:  Humidity is important

Humidity is very important when you are incubating and hatching out chicks.  We knew we were having some problems with the humidity because our incubator was collecting condensation on the glass.  With a few adjustments, we still didn’t have it right.  Which is beyond me because, they seem to do a lot better out in…

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It’s a Beauty, Mom!!

March 3, 2009
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It’s a Beauty, Mom!!

Our 8 year old bought a trap with his birthday money.  Since then he has been learning the ropes of how to trap like his big brothers.  They trap possum usually…possum that like to come closer to the house and find the chickens and their eggs.  So keeping the critters away is an important job. …

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