Why Soy-Free?

Soy-free feed can be very difficult to find and it can feel like the only solution is to make your own feed mixes. That is definitely an option. We have never made our own soy-free feed for the chickens. There are many recipes out there, for example: http://planetgreen.discovery.com/home-garden/organic-chicken-feed-cheap.html http://www.greenerpasturesfarm.com/ChickenFeedRecipe.html There are several major mills that […]

The Coop

  After searching at nearly every feed store in the area looking at chicken coops, we decided to build our own. There were no coops that fit exactly what we wanted and definitely nothing in our price range.

Resources

Doing a simple Google search for chickens can unleash a torrent of information with no real focus. We’ve found some resources and references that really helped us wrap our head around what it meant to have chickens.

Our Chickens

A peek at the food industry and what goes into creating the eggs and meat we buy in stores is enough to sicken most people. Being active and adventurous people, we decided to try and raise chickens for ourselves. We’ve been growing our own vegetables for several years, giving us high quality, farm fresh meals. It was time for the next step.

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Gardening

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    Cage-Free Eggs are NOT all the Same

      Have you ever eaten the egg from a true foraging chicken? They are amazing! I let my chickens forage during the day. Although I provide them with very high quality feed, the quality of egg I receive from my chickens when they forage is still far beyond that of the ones using my organic, […]

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    Bees!

    The day has come and with it, our new bees! We’ve had this planned since last year and ordered our package of bees around Thanksgiving. After much anticipation, the day finally arrived to pick up the package of bees. We’re very excited to add bees to our homestead and take one more step toward complete […]

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    The New Chicken Coop

    We’re doing a big upgrade for the chickens. Right now they’re housed in a small coop, for which I feel really bad. Their new coop will be a HUGE improvement. Above, you can see the framing for it. The coop is 6 feet by 12 feet and is large enough to hold around 20 chickens. […]

  • Garden Update – July 2011

    The chickens have been fantastic. We get delicious eggs nearly every day. The eggs have the deep rich orange colored yolk and strong sturdy shells. It surprised me how easily a store-bought egg cracked after being used to our home-grown eggs. Our brown leghorn, however, has a little mind of her own. She’s decided she […]

  • The Garden Photo Gallery

    The sun finally came out long enough for me to get the camera out and take some good photos of the 2011 garden. I’m trying a few new tomato types and several plants I’ve never grown before or haven’t grown in a long time. I have several types of pumpkins growing this year, some radishes, […]