We still have a few weeks until they begin gracing us with eggs, but watching them remains quite entertaining. They like watermelon and do an amazing job of cleaning up the rinds after our children have had their fill. But their favorite treat, by far, is black soldier fly larvae which, luckily for them, happen to hatch in our compost pile. Watching them dig into a pile of compost and pick out those wiggling larvae is a joy to behold — because they are chickens demonstrating the ultimate in chicken-ness, something that wouldn’t happen even in many “free range” egg operations. [Read more…] about The Egg Update: Backyard Chickens at 10 Weeks
Our baby chicks are growing up. Once little fuzzballs, they are now looking like real hens… or roosters. Though we asked for pullets (females under a year old), it’s hard to tell boys from girls when they’re fresh out of the egg, so, more than occasionally a male slips through when people order females. [Read more…] about Six Weeks With Chicks
How could one resist this face?
Well, we didn’t. This is Cocoa, our eldest son’s dog, who joined the family after our softhearted child saw one of those awful tear-jerking sad-animal commercials on TV, and came to us crying and determined to do something to help. Of course, help couldn’t just be donating a few bucks to the cause — we had to bring another creature home. [Read more…] about The Growing Sanctuary Population
It’s been a busy few weeks on the homestead. We’ve had the usual cleaning jobs, plus planting and maintaining the veggie garden, setting up and running our above-ground pool for the season, coaching soccer, preparing for summer (lots of events at school), and a new spring endeavor — chicken keeping.
They call them “gateway livestock,” because they’re an entry-level way to explore farming/ranching, and presumably they’ll lead us to goats, cows, etc. I read somewhere that the amount of daily care chickens need ranks somewhere above cats, but below dogs. Well, right now, because we chose to buy day-old chicks, the level of care is significantly greater, but they’re getting bigger and more independent by the day. [Read more…] about Here, Chick Chick Chick Chick!