Raising Ducklings

A few months ago, I shared our news that we were going to be adding ducks to our farm! Funny thing was, out news usually was received with one of two responses; “why? ducks are so messy!” and “That will be interesting, can you raise ducks with chickens?” I have never raised ducks before, but…

Preparing the Brooder

Our new chicks will arrive next week, and I can’t wait! As with the arrival of any new animal, we have been busy with preparations, so the chicks will have everything they need once they arrive. Today we set up the brooder.  A brooder is a small starter home for chicks, it is where they…

Contemplating Backyard Chickens?

Are you contemplating starting a flock of chickens in your own backyard? There are a lot of factors to consider when contemplating raising chickens, today I answer two of the most common; is it expensive and is it easy. Raising chickens in your backyard, is not overly expensive, although there are number of supplies you…

Finding the Balance

Winter is still in full force here in Central Minnesota, but above-freezing temperatures are in the forecast, and I can’t stop thinking about my up-coming garden! What kind of a farm girl would I be if I didn’t long to have my hands in the soil again! One lesson I quickly learned is that there…

What’s in an Egg?

I am always amazed by how many people have never eaten a farm-fresh chicken’s egg. So, when I give these people eggs, I explain that the eggs may be dirty, and they will have to wash them as they use them, etc.  Then they use the eggs and they find noticeable differences from the store-bought…

Ordering Chicks

Recently, I have had the opportunity to offer some guidance to people who are considering raising chickens in their backyards.  There is nothing I enjoy more than sharing my chicken raising experiences with others, so they too can have a great experience with chicken raising. The thought of purchasing tiny, fluffy, warm little chicks is…

Winter Continues & Uses for Egg Shells

It is February, but it feels like January… This week the chickens endured some sleet and then lots of snow and wind.  With the addition of about 8+ inches of snow fall, the winds blew quite a bit of snow inside the run, needless to say, the chickens didn’t wander outside much during this midweek…

How We Survived the Polar Vortex

How did my chickens survive the 2019 polar vortex? The easy answer is very well, but I would say we learned that preparation is the key. Before the temperatures started sinking, there were some simple precautions to be taken.  I made sure the air vents on the coop were clean, because I knew the hens…

Training Chickens

I am frequently asked about training chickens. I do allow my hens to free-range during daylight hours every day. Whether the hens venture far or stay close to the run is entirely up to them and really depends on the weather conditions. That being said, at night, all of my hens are secured inside their…

Chicken Care Kit

Chickens are pretty hardy birds. Thankfully, my chickens manage to stay quite healthy on their own because of quality food, proper shelter, fresh clean water and the ability to freely roam.  However, injuries, sickness, predator strike and other problems can arise requiring emergency care or treatment. At our house we have multiple first aid kits,…