Yes, it's been a terribly long time since I've posted here. But I thought I'd better give an update as to all that has been going on, here at the homestead, over the past several months. The most important of that being, yes, we are still here and doing well!Continue reading "A long overdue update"
Entries tagged as chickens
I'm going into my third year raising chickens, and I can say, without a doubt, that these remarkable animals are more intelligent than we are typically lead to believe. I spend a lot of time with my flock and it amazed me to witness the unique personalities and mannerisms each of my birds possessed. So, it was not a surprise to me to read this study and it's conclusions.Continue reading "Study shows chicken's intelligence to be quite complex"
Self sufficiency has been something my wife and I have been working towards for several years, now. Our adventure began in 2009, after the 2008 economic crisis, eventually leading us to living on our own homestead, raising our own animals and growing our own food. Some people still wonder why we'd make such a drastic change to our lifestyle and if it really is worth all this effort. Well, from the sounds of this article, I'd say, with extreme prejudice, yes it is.Continue reading "The chicken that laid golden eggs"
In the past few weeks, the number of young hens, which we hatched out earlier this spring, have been on the rise. It's really fun, at least for me, to go into the chicken coop in the morning to see a tiny egg sitting in the nesting box.Continue reading "Egg production is on the rise"
It's certainly been a while since my last blog entry, but yes, we're still here and doing well. It's certainly been a busy summer and it's turing out to be a busy fall, as well. I haven't had much time or energy to spend on the computer. But, we've gotten a few days of rain, so now I've got some time on my hands to update our (few) blog readers on what's been happening, out here on the homestead.Continue reading "Yup, we're still here!"
We've had an interesting, if not challenging, start to the gardening season this year. At first, we thought that it would be a very dry growing season, as there was very little snow on the ground when the melting began and March really wasn't brining much moisture with it. However, as the first week of summer approached, things changed.Continue reading "Wind and rain, with a chance of more wind and rain"
Last week we had a very abrupt change in the weather. From a week or two of cool rainy weather, we got surprised by a week of very warm, humid weather. Although it made for some very uncomfortable days, working out in the garden, it really did the plants a lot of good.Continue reading "The garden springs forth"
With our success, and enjoyment, of our first two attempts at chick hatching, we decided to take it up a notch. Thanks to my folks, who decided to give me an early birthday present, we bought ourselves a larger incubator and have another twenty eggs “cooking”.Continue reading "Another batch of eggs incubating"
We've gotten quite the bag of weather in the last two weeks. Last week, we had record highs, pushing over 30 degrees for a few days there with lots of sun. Then, this past Tuesday, the temperature dropped and we were drenched with two and a half days of heavy rains. Then, yesterday morning, we woke to sleet and little patches of snow on the ground.Continue reading "Topsy-turvy weather and general happenings"
Been keeping busy, out here on the homestead. Our three little incubator hatchlings are doing very well; growing big and fast. So much so, that yesterday we had to move them into their own section of the chicken coop, as they were crowding themselves in the tote we had them in.Continue reading "Garden preparations and new skills"
I'm happy to report that the three fertilized eggs we had incubating in our incubator have successfully hatched, right on schedule! The pipping began just before midnight on April 13th, and the third chick hatched just after 2:00pm yesterday, April 15th.Continue reading "They've hatched!"
A few developments have transpired since the last blog post. The “big” news is that the place from where we were going to be getting our new chicks left us hangin'. Looks like we won't be able expanding our flock quite as fast as we first thought.Continue reading "Incubating some eggs and building a shed"
In a few weeks, we will be picking up new chicks to add to our flock of laying hens. So, what we decided to do is try and hatch a few of our own chicks, just to see if we can do it. If it turns out that our roosters are doing their jobs, and we have fertilized eggs and can get them to hatch, the timing will be perfect.Continue reading "The new incubator"
It's that time a year again, when we celebrate our Lord's resurrection and ascension into Heaven and God's fulfilment of His promise to us for the chance of everlasting life. Janice and I would like to take a moment and wish you all a very blessed and joyous Easter weekend.Continue reading "A joyous and blessed Easter to all!"
If you've visited our website in the past, then it probably looks a little different to you, today. I did some upgrading to my web hosting plan and changed the domain to something over which I have more control. The hosting plan also provides me a method of hosting multiple domains. So, if you're looking for your own domain and web space, let me know.