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Study shows chicken's intelligence to be quite complex

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.

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The chicken that laid golden eggs

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.

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Yup, we're still here!

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.

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Wind and rain, with a chance of more wind and rain

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.

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Topsy-turvy weather and general happenings

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.

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Garden preparations and new skills

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.

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The new incubator

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.

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A joyous and blessed Easter to all!

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.

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The robins are back

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.

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