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
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
After the popularity of our recent The Chickens of Our Farm post, which introduced everyone to the various idiosyncrasies of the hens and roosters on our farm, I thought it was the perfect time to introduce our geese. We have seven geese on the farm at the moment, representing five different breeds. Like chickens, a goose’s personality … More Meet Our Geese
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?
Most domesticated breeds of geese descend from the eastern greylag goose, which was domesticated in Egypt over 3000 years ago. The original breeds of geese were more common in temperate climates, and over time they became part of farms around the world. Geese have a thick layer of fluffy down around most of their body, which helps to … More Caring for Geese in Winter
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
Last week we took in three new African geese. These lovely ladies are proven layers, adults between two and five years of age. We got them from a nearby farm since we are unsure of the genders of our current flock, and also cannot resist a good deal on a goose. As I’ve said before, … More New Geese in the Flock