Archive of ‘Chickens’ category

In The Box

| Chickens, Farm Scenes, In the Barnyard

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{Farm Scene #17} Today we drove to our nearest hatchery and picked up this year’s order of laying chicks. (The broilers will be here later in the week.) I like to get a “few” replacements every year knowing that just as they begin laying, the rest of the flock will slow down because of the […] Read more…

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~Partners in Homestead Waste Management~

| Broiler Chickens, Chickens, composting, homestead management, In the Barnyard, In the Garden, In the Kitchen, Pigs

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I’m a big stickler on everyone pulling their weight around here.  There really “ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” I’m not saying that everyone does (or that even I always do.) But it’s the ideal. But in a perfect world everyone has their jobs and someone needs to take out the trash. Actually, […] Read more…

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~Counting Chickens Before They Hatch~

| Chickens

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Perhaps it makes me a lousy homesteader, but I never know how many chickens we have running around this place. When I’m curious about a general number, I simply have to ask a child. They must be more patient than I am is all I can figure. Now, daily egg totals are a different story. […] Read more…

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~2013 Homestead Yields & Cost Analysis~

| 2013 vegetable garden, Broiler Chickens, Cattle, Chickens, cost analysis, dairy, In the Barnyard, In the Garden, our homestead, Pigs

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It may take a little extra time and effort to track and record what your homestead is producing, but at the end of the year, it is well worth the work when you see just exactly how much food you could grow on your land. I always have found it to be very rewarding in […] Read more…

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~Ancona Chicken~

| Chickens, In the Barnyard

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Our Ancona hen is probably one of the most unusual laying hens in our flock. Her companions being comprised of Barred Rocks, Speckled Sussex, Australorps, and Golden Comets ,and others are more typical birds you’ll find among a group of chickens.  She came to be here when one year I let the children flip through […] Read more…

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Incubation Chart

| Chickens, homemaking binder, homestead management, In the Barnyard

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I have added a Poultry Incubation Chart to the templates for my homesteading binder which is useful tool to help you with hatching the eggs of chickens, turkeys, and ducks and thought I’d share it with you! I have found the most difficult part of incubating eggs this year (besides the children fidgeting with the thermostat) is […] Read more…

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~One Year Old~

| Broiler Chickens, Chickens, In the Barnyard

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Last year, we reserved three of the Freedom Ranger broilers to see how long they would survive, whether or not they would lay eggs, and perhaps whether or not we could breed our own meat chickens. I would never expect a cross to grow as fast as a ranger broiler, but that’s alright… I’m not […] Read more…

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