Category: Chicken

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

The Chicken Cow Cat

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…

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…

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…

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…

Incubating Chicken Eggs Summary

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…

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…