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An Accidental Chicken Experiment

by @ Sunday, June 22nd, 2014. Filed under Chickens

It really hit me today the difference between my outside and inside layer chicks. Here are the outside chicks. The one on the cinderblocks is a columbian Wyandotte. And here are my indoor chicks. The one that’s still all fluff is also a columbian Wyandotte. They are all getting the same natural feed. The outside […]

An Experiment in Chick Raising, Part 2: The Implementation

by @ Saturday, April 12th, 2014. Filed under Chickens

The chicks have now been here a week and a day. I was really nervous going into this, but so far it’s gone great. The chicks are really growing well I think. The red tint is just from the heat lamp bulb. I did lose one, and while I was nervous it would be the […]

An Experiment in Chick Raising: Part 1, The Plan

by @ Friday, April 4th, 2014. Filed under Chickens

So in a moment of what now seems to have been complete and total insanity, I ordered 25 Freedom Rangerchicks to raise for meat. They are arriving today. It still seems like a good idea in theory. I miss eating chicken, but we’re a little afraid of even organic chicken from the store. I’ve read […]

An Experiment in Chick Raising: Part 3, Growth

by @ Wednesday, May 28th, 2014. Filed under Chickens

** Rather than do a new post, I’ll keep editing this one to tack on new photos. ** Not much to say with this one, just collecting together some of the meat chick photos. Some of these were in previous posts, but this gets them all in one place. So far I’m still really happy […]

And Now It’s March…

by @ Sunday, March 13th, 2011. Filed under Chickens, Farm Life

So much for posting more. But hey, at least it’s only been 3 months instead of 6. That’s progress, right? Spring is slowly (very slowly!) starting to arrive. The beef calves are coming, there is a new surge of dairy calves, and my word! A little baby fly just landed on my coat. It seems […]

Chick Pics

by @ Sunday, April 20th, 2014. Filed under Chickens

Coming the first week of May are my laying chicks. I’ve noticed the current group of chicks are getting pretty flighty. It may be partly the breed, or it may be (and more likely is) that I don’t mess with them at all. I feed them in the morning and chuck them back into the […]

Chickens, Chickens, Everywhere!

by @ Monday, March 24th, 2014. Filed under Chickens

Every few years I get new chickens. Partly to keep up peak egg production but mostly just to get new breeds. Always before I just picked whatever the feed stores had to offer. Ordering chicks gets pricey, and usually the minimum is more than I need. Those things are still true, but this year my […]


by @ Tuesday, August 13th, 2013. Filed under Chickens

All summer I’ve been hoping to get a successful hatch of something. I really wanted ducks, but the stupid hound dog kept finding and eating the duck eggs. After 3 (or was it 4?) good attempts I think my duck is done for the year. I had one chicken go broody this year, one of […]

I’m Insane

by @ Sunday, June 15th, 2014. Filed under Chickens, Ducks

Definitely, totally, certifiably insane. I have freedom rangers underfoot everywhere. There are 3 layer chicks left in the house, 11 in the coup, and I’m still due to pick up another few layer chicks from a friend. I swore I was done for the year. And then the ducks happened. Khaki duck hatched 3 eggs. […]

Meat Chicken Update

by @ Monday, January 12th, 2015. Filed under Chickens

This will be a short one, but will bring to a close the saga of the meat chicks. Once again I’m irritated at myself, as I never got any final pictures of the meaties before they went to the butcher. I took all those early pictures, but never got any of the final stage. Oh […]

New Laying Chicks

by @ Thursday, May 29th, 2014. Filed under Chickens

I’ve mentioned in other posts about the new laying breed chicks I ordered. They arrived on Wednesday, May 7. These came from Meyer hatchery. They did not include any extra, so I got the 25 I ordered. Right out if the box one of the faverolles looked iffy, and it died the next day. A […]

The Saga of the Hammer Mill

by @ Monday, April 21st, 2014. Filed under Chickens, Farm Life

A hammer mill grinds feed. The antique ones are worth very little any more given they run off a belt drive on a tractor. I don’t believe any modern tractor even has a belt drive option. Most have gone for scrap, and the ones still sitting around are only worth scrap price. Ernie’s family still […]

We’re Not In Kansas Anymore

by @ Thursday, July 17th, 2014. Filed under Chickens

(I originally wrote this July 17, it just somehow didn’t get published.) A week or so ago we had a pretty bad string of storms blow through one afternoon. We were safely ensconced in the house. Although I never gave it any thought at the time, my layer chicks were not. I’d only been letting […]

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