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Exciting Farm News

March 15, 2008
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Exciting Farm News

For 3 weeks, our oldest son has been vigilantly watching his broody hen and awaiting the arrival of her chicks.  ( I posted exactly 3 weeks ago today commenting on the broody hen after our son informed us of his suspicions. ) I have to admit that I was very skeptical about the whole “hens-hatching-their-own-chicks” life cycle.  After…

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Egg-preneurship Boyhood Adventures

February 23, 2008
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Egg-preneurship Boyhood Adventures

Two of our boys are in the “chicken business”  — egg production business, I should say.  Our 12 year old has been diligently writing business plans, calculating costs, reading about chickens, researching breeds and buying options and talking non-stop about his business ideas.  This has been brewing for a while, but was actually jump-started about a month ago…

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Farming Frustrations

February 20, 2008
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A few days ago my 7 year old came in from doing his farm chores and sighed a big sigh….and then unloaded all the frustrations a 7 year old farmer can have. “YOU will not believe what happened.  Every time I try to move my chicks to the chicken tractor something happens…The first time it…

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Part 3: A Farm Boy’s Birthday Request Saga Finally Ends…Until Spring

February 13, 2008
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I evidently did not write an update on the Farm Boy’s Chicks-the replacement shipment…  The second shipment was indeed late…very late…a week late and it was even colder than 19 degrees.    I received an early morning phone call that went something like this: “Hello….This is Nancy from the post office….well…I was just calling because we have…

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Joel Salatin Would Be Proud

January 31, 2008
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Joel Salatin Would Be Proud

After supper the boys get in a little light reading by the fire on a very blistery cold winter’s night…. These Salatin books win hands down in the minds of these farm boys:  Salad Bar Beef and Pastured Poultry Profits. Tonight, we heard Salatin wisdom in the form of  two boys excited about the books they were…

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When your 12 year old submits you an invoice…

January 30, 2008
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When my 12 year old submitted me an invoice yesterday, I smiled cautiously and read his bill.  It was a bill for chicken eggs that he had worked up on the computer billing me for the eggs his chickens had laid over the last week.  I think I mentioned before that these boys were business…

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Agrarian Ramblings and Farm Updates…

January 24, 2008
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Agrarian Ramblings and Farm Updates…

I caught myself thinking a very agrarian thought today as I looked out into the field and watched our cows munching on some fresh hay in the middle of a frigid January winter.  The happy thought hit me, “Look, our milk and meat eating hay!”  I never use to see cows as anything else but a…

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Part 2: A farm boy’s birthday request…the chicks and ducks arrive

January 11, 2008
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Part 2:  A farm boy’s birthday request…the chicks and ducks arrive

The days of anticipation leading up to the arrival of baby chicks and ducklings are almost unbearable for a 7 year old and those who have to listen to his almost hourly updates of how many hours left until his package arrives.  The day finally arrived.  My husband and older boys had just left the house…

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Our Expanding Farm

December 13, 2007
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Our Expanding Farm

We have made some huge leaps in regards to animal management here at the farm.  While getting the milk cow bred is still on our list, we have managed to move forward in other areas.  We have a registered Alpine milk goat who had twins last February.  We recently took them over to a local…

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Organic Chicken Feed

August 30, 2007
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Organic Chicken Feed

As I was reading through my drafts, I came across this post that I wrote back before the drought consumed all of our time and energy and way back when we had green grass…evidently I never posted it…so here it is… ——————————————– End of May 2007 Today the children will show the Vaughnshire organic chicken…

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Beauty admist a Heat Wave

August 10, 2007
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Beauty admist a Heat Wave

Here in Tennessee, we are in the middle (I would love to say at the end) of a widespread devastating drought.   I can not remember the last time it rained.  Our two ponds are dry, the trees are shedding leaves, the earth is dusty, the grass is crisp and it just plain feels like an oven…

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New Chickens – Barred Rocks and Turkens

July 11, 2007
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New Chickens – Barred Rocks and Turkens

Last week my family and I went to the market to buy food.  The market sells some animals and today they were selling chickens!  I wanted Barred Rocks and thats what they had, seven of them!  There were three that we call Naked Necks becuse they have no feathers on ther neck.  So I have ten chicks!  When they start laying…

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Doomed to a Life of Chicken Obesity

September 23, 2006
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Doomed to a Life of Chicken Obesity

We received an early morning phone call that the package we ordered had arrived and was ready for pickup. Yes, there are some things the postman will not deliver and live baby chicks happens to be one of them. My husband had ordered a special breed of meat chicken to raise. It is a mixed…

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