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Keeping chickens in the summer is one of the most quintessential, charming, and memorable experiences – hens laying a bounty of eggs, your flock free ranging on a warm sunny afternoon, scratching at the earth, and hunting bugs. Chores are often quick and simple, and it’s a pleasant and rewarding experience to spend time with
A fellow homesteader recently asked us on Instagram how they can encourage their hens to go broody. They wanted to hatch eggs and raise chicks without all the work of using an incubator or brooding the chicks. Hatching chicks in an incubator can be a lot of fun and raising chicks is a rewarding experience
Do you have chickens? What breeds? Have you made the plunge and started hatching your own eggs yet? Here’s the thing about chickens… they become a bit addictive! OK, I’m going to level with you. They are more than just a little bit addictive. We’ve had chickens for years; in fact, I grew up with
It’s easy to get swept up in the pictorial image of homesteading life. Green pastures, newly hatched fluffy chicks, a bountiful garden and orchard, bouncy goat kids, and spectacular sunsets. Unfortunately, where there is life there is death, and sadly this weekend we were reminded of this. A few weeks ago we ushered three wobbly