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Wordless Wednesday – I’m the boss
April 11, 2012, 7:13 am
Filed under: Animals, Chicken, Chicks, Coop, Homesteading, Poultry, Rooster | Tags: , , , , ,

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Snowy Spring…
April 6, 2012, 5:42 pm
Filed under: Chicken, Chicks, Coop, Egg, Eggs, Farming, Gardening, Homesteading, Livestock, Organic, Pig, Rooster | Tags: , , , ,

Yesterday, April 5th in Alberta…many folks are planting their gardens and starting to mow lawns…. We get half a foot of snow! It’s not cold, just hordes of snow….

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Looks like it’s an inside day for the animals…. Petunia the pig will go outside in almost -30, but will not motor around her pot belly self in the snow this deep, even in my walking tracks. I have to plow the snow away for her to roam with the tractor. Spoiled brat!

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Chickens came out, took a look around at this crazy April morning and declared today an inside day! Perhaps chicken-games and safety meetings all day today.

Happy Easter all!

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Wordless Wednesday – is it Spring yet?
April 4, 2012, 7:53 am
Filed under: Animals, Chicken, Chicks, Coop, Eggs, Gardening, Homesteading, Livestock, Organic, Pig | Tags: , , ,

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Wordless Wednesday – Hello Chicks!
March 7, 2012, 7:46 am
Filed under: Animals, Chicken, Chicks, Coop, Egg, Eggs, Farming, Homesteading, Livestock, Poultry, Rooster | Tags: , , ,

Well…one of our little Silkie hens decided to be broodie over the winter…here is what she helped bring into the world (with a couple of our Isa Browns acting as caring aunts and proud Daddy Flounder looking on…):

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Let it snow…?
February 26, 2012, 8:01 am
Filed under: Chicken, Chicks, Coop, Farming, Gardening, Homesteading, Livestock, Organic, Pig, tractor | Tags: , , , ,

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Hmmm…from Friday afternoon when I could see a few patches of grass and was getting excited to start thinking about gardening…to Sunday morning…after receiving more than a foot of snow!

Poor Petunia the Pig is most certainly not impressed. Short legs make for an unpleasant walk through all of this fluffy stuff. Looks like I will be plowing some pig paths shortly…and the driveway!

The chickens don’t seem to mind it too much, although I suspect that they will hang out inside their coop for most of the day.

Well…a the farmers often say…we need the moisture….

Happy snowy Sunday all!

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Wordless Wednesday – Hen meeting
February 22, 2012, 2:28 pm
Filed under: Animals, Chicken, Chicks, Coop, Egg, Eggs, Farming, Homesteading, Livestock, Organic, Poultry | Tags: , ,

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Did somebody call a safety meeting?

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Chickens behind the wire…
February 19, 2012, 7:47 am
Filed under: Animals, Chicken, Chicks, Coop, Egg, Eggs, Farming, Homesteading, Livestock, Organic, Poultry, Predator | Tags: , , , , ,

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Thanks Heritage Breed Farms inspiring this quick post….

How do you keep your chickens in…or their enemies out?

We’ve used the 48″ Paige wire fencing on 8 ft long posts spaced every 8 ft for our main chicken yard, which is approx 1/2 acre or so. We also have a small chicken wire on t-bar pen for quarantine/new bird introductions.

Only the occasional fly over…and then pacing on the outside to try to figure out how to get back in….

This year we plan to also use the electrified chicken netting so that we may move the chickens to other areas for weed and pest control, etc.

All of that aside, the chickens do tend to stay close to where we are or where the house is…so for us the fence is more of a predator deterrent than a chicken containment system.




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