Keeping a flock harmonious is an ongoing challenge on the farm, especially if you have a lot of birds or a wide variety of species. To keep any group of poultry happy, the first thing to consider is the male to female ratio. Here’s a handy breakdown of the appropriate male/female balance for various farmyard … More A Harmonious Flock
This was our first year successfully growing artichokes on the farm, though when I was growing up they were a favorite crop of my family’s. I’ve seen several Mainers adding artichokes to their gardens in recent years and the seeds for them now are more compatible with the Northeastern climate. However, when my parents first … More How to Grow Artichokes in Maine
When considering adding poultry to the flock or starting your first backyard bird-keeping experience, many people assume they’ll get some day old chicks at the feed store. This is an excellent option for the new poultry owner, but it is not the only one and it’s good to consider every possibility to make sure you get the … More How Should I Get My Birds?
Cabbage is a very versatile vegetable to grow and it pops up in all sorts of recipes. Braising your cabbage is a delicious way to enjoy this vegetable, and you can use the results in all sorts of places such as sandwiches, casseroles, or just plain with salt and pepper. What You’ll Need: 1 head … More Braised Cabbage
Some of the words we use with birds can be a bit confusing, especially for those just starting a backyard flock. Here are some of the terms you’ll hear often, and a few of the more unique ones as well. Bantam – A smaller variety of poultry. Some chicken breeds are available in both a standard … More A Poultry Glossary
August is a bountiful month at a garden in Maine. The harvests start coming in and all of that hard work tilling, weeding, and watering is paid off. We have been eating royally for the past several weeks and my main thoughts are of bigger and better for next year. Here are some pictures to … More August in the Garden: A Photo Entry
Often starting in early fall, chickens will begin to lose their feathers in a process called “molting”. It can be alarming for a new chicken keeper, since your hens will often become less active, be noticeably naked, and stop laying eggs. It is, however, totally normal. Before you assume your hens are just molting, make sure to check for … More What is This Molting Thing, Anyway?