Livestock Guardian Dogs are dogs that are specially bred and trained for the protection of farm animals. They help to defend a herd or flock against predators, keeping a constant eye on their charges. We decided to add a LGD to our farm almost immediately, realizing that ducks, geese, chickens, and goats couldn’t be left … More Getting a Livestock Guardian Dog
Do you have an excess of eggs this spring? When the weather warms up and sunlight starts to extend later in the day, your hens will begin to ramp up egg production. This time of year, it’s common to get an egg a day from all of your chickens. You’ll find yourself busily searching for recipes … More Creative Uses for Eggs
As part of our wintertime planning, we’re making orders for spring poultry. While adding goats to the farm is going to be a huge focus of our summer, adding new birds is also part of our plan for 2016. In addition to more chickens and geese, we’re going to be getting a quartet of ducklings. … More Adding Ducks, and Other Spring Chicks
Regular readers of this blog know that I am a big fan of geese on the homestead, but there are plenty of other birds to consider if you’re starting a farm. They each have their own unique needs and benefits, and it’s quite possible you’ll find room for all of them or discover that only one type … More What Kind of Poultry Should I Get?
I think this week would be a great time to introduce you to the various chicken breeds we currently keep on our farm. Apart from a quad of Lavender Orpingtons, I do not have any two chickens of the same breed and I love the unique qualities of each bird. Our birds were all selected … More The Chickens of Our Farm
There’s plenty of debate among chicken keepers as to whether or not to light their coops in the winter months. This time of year the days are shorter and the temperatures are not getting any warmer, but does that mean you should consider supplemental light in your chicken house? There are many reasons that chicken keepers … More Lighting Your Coop
We recently redid our chicken coop for our ever expanding flock of fourteen chickens. We’ve had three chicken coops now and have learned a lot in each rendition about what to consider when building. You’ll Get More Chickens I didn’t think I’d have fourteen chickens within a couple of years of building our first coop, … More What a Coop Needs