Chicken

Busy Week

September 20, 2008
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We have been swamped this week.  One day this week the boys took care of a rooster problem we were having.  When roosters interfere with the humans getting sleep around here…they are out of here fast.  Last time it was Craig’s List… this time the freezer.  The great thing about this chicken processing day was…

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Balancing Buffs

August 28, 2008
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Balancing Buffs

These are the famous super buffs.  For those who haven’t heard the story…this little boy nursed these two back to health with an eye dropper of water and lots of patience.  Our 12 year old receives a magazine subscription to Backyard Poultry.  In it, he discovered a photo contest.  Soon after reading about the contest to his brothers and…

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Growing Leghorns

August 27, 2008
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Growing Leghorns

We haven’t posted any pictures lately of our growing leghorns.  They are getting so big!  We were just talking the other day about the differences in the different breeds of chickens we have and different characteristics they exhibit.  We found a chart a while back that details these differences — temperament, size, egg laying abilities,…

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Another snake trying to steal eggs???

August 12, 2008
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Another snake trying to steal eggs???

It happened again.  Another snake caught stealing our eggs… …..only upon further examination, the boys figured out that the snake didn’t eat a chicken egg….but had in fact swallowed the golf ball that was in the chicken laying box.  Chicken eggs crack when squeezed….and golf balls don’t! Since I married a man who likes non-poisonous…

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The Unexpected Visitor

August 8, 2008
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The Unexpected Visitor

I can always tell when there is something up in the barn yard when the boys come in the house with this certain “look” and rocket speed scrambling to find dad.  They don’t tell me because usually that type of news upsets me….and they know that from experience.  They just head for dad.  One morning recently, our…

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Our CSA Groceries

July 31, 2008
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Our CSA Groceries

Contrary to popular belief around here at our house, CSA does not always stand for Confederate States of America!  It stands for Community Supported Agriculture in this instance!  We have so enjoyed our CSA groceries from our friends, the Lingo family, over at Beaverdam Creek Farm. For the past few weeks, we have been enjoying a bountiful basket…

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The Ugliest Vaughnshire Chicken

July 24, 2008
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The Ugliest Vaughnshire Chicken

One of our Bantam hens hatched out a baby chick not to long ago.  He is so ugly, we can’t believe he is real.  He isn’t liked much by the other farm yard animals.  When visitors come and happen to catch a glimpse of him, they assume he was in some sort of fight.  He…

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A Day At The Office…

July 2, 2008
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A Day At The Office…

…for a young entrepreneur

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About the business of men…

June 25, 2008
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About the business of men…

It is a blessed sight to see a young man be about the business of men instead of being idle.  The problem with having boys pursuing the work of starting up businesses is that it ultimately affects me in ways that my flesh would rather not be affected by.  This morning, I attempted to finish up my…

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The Super-Buffs are Laying!! The Super-Buffs are Laying!

June 16, 2008
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The Super-Buffs are Laying!!  The Super-Buffs are Laying!

A very excited 7 year old boy came flying in the house announcing that one of his “Super Buff” chickens finally laid an egg! These 2 “chicks” are important to him because they are the ones he nursed back to health 5 months ago. 

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More Chicks…

March 27, 2008
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More Chicks…

We had a surprise when we arrived home after being gone last weekend.  The hen that has been sitting on a nest of eggs hatched out two more chicks.  We were all shocked because of the time between the chicks hatching has been spread out well over a week (about 10 days actually).  We were…

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Farm Journal Entry – Spring

March 21, 2008
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This week we have posted a lot of farm related material…that would be because it’s early spring (as of today) and there are a ton of things to do around a farm during “planting season”.  As one of my younger children recently lamented, “If only we had more children…we could have more help…”  Today was a…

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Boyhood Work

March 19, 2008
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Boyhood Work

My husband regularly discusses entrepreneurship, business, income and work with our sons.  They are being encouraged to dream up business ideas, work out figures and numbers and jump at opportunities that come along–now while they are young.  One of our sons has been churning over getting an egg business up and going.  With owners of…

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Spring Cleaning

March 18, 2008
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Spring Cleaning

With spring comes an increase in the amount of things to do around here on the farm as well.  The boys have all kinds of baby, toddler and laying chickens to manage and are scurrying around trying to put together plans for an egg-mobile.  We also just acquired a new pig.  I am not sure…

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The Chicks in the Chick Nursery

March 17, 2008
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The Chicks in the Chick Nursery

After the baby brooder, the boys moved the chicks into the “chick nursery”.  It is a small, wooden pen that the chicks go to after they outgrow the brooder.  We quickly have to figure out several other larger egg-mobile ideas to be put in the pasture before they are laying. 

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