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Brahmas Gone

Blog: Greenleaf Chickens   -   Thursday April 03, 2014   -   By Sigo

It was a difficult decision because we decided to get rid of the flock of Brahmas we have -- all five of them.  They were nice birds, very genial and friendly.  Not one of them was ever really broody except for Loki and she was the poorest brood hen...

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how hens stay warm

Blog: sunnysidedru   -   Friday January 31, 2014   -   By sunnysidedru

A chicken is a flock animal. They are happiest with a group of chickens and don't do as well alone. Our laying hens are in mobile pens that hold about 50 hens. There are no roosters. the dimensions of the pens allow a couple of square feet per bird....

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Chickens Molting and hens laying eggs have slowed ...

Blog: Mountain Meadows Farm   -   Thursday November 21, 2013   -   By Don & Mary

Laying hens on strike!  I am sure we are not the only ones with laying hens that are on strike.  We have 9 month old Rhode Island Red hens that have blessed us with a multitude of eggs, starting in June when they reached five months of age.  But...

Smart Banty Rooster

Blog: Triton's Farm   -   Saturday July 27, 2013   -   By Triton

My little banty rooster is quite a smart little guy. Tonight as I was putting all the animals to bed he came up to me chattering away. This was not chicken cussing, as they sometimes do when we walk by, but actual chicken words. I thought m aybe his...

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Another week of the farm. Nothing special just eve...

Blog: Triton's Farm   -   Monday June 03, 2013   -   By Triton

This week on the farm: It was a very productive week. We got the new pump running, moved all the cattle around and convinced the sheep to move to a new pen. We are getting all the animals out to pasture, a little late this year because of all the irrigation...

Romeo Duck

Blog: Triton's Farm   -   Monday April 08, 2013   -   By Triton

This week on the farm: it's the goofy ducks. I really like the ducks. Of all the animals on the farm they are one of the nicest. They don't tend to do many bad things and as long as they have water and we leave them alone they are fine. They have even...

Roasted Rooster

Blog: The Farm at Mollies Branch   -   Sunday March 10, 2013   -   By Diane

After two weeks of abnormally cold weather, we have a beautiful day to work on the farm. The hens have grown broody, ready to sit on the green, pink, brown eggs for the 21-days it takes to make new diddles (chicks). The roosters, beautiful with their colorful...

fall crops are planted, lovely tomatoes, watermelo...

Blog: Abbe Hills Farm CSA   -   Monday September 10, 2012   -   By Laura

Greetings shareholders, This week, we'll have tomatoes, sweet peppers, eggplant, kale and collards, watermelons, garlic, potatoes, onions, beans, summer squash, cukes, herbs, hot peppers, edamames, and a few cabbages.  Whew!  Lots of...

Early Layer and Alien Tomatoes

Blog: Seasons at Procter Farm   -   Wednesday July 18, 2012   -   By Rebekah

  Over the last week one hen has begun to lay eggs! Her first one was more like a sack than an egg, because the yolk and white were contained but not in a hard shell. After that though she has been...

Laying hens anyone?

Blog: Moonstruck Farms   -   Sunday July 15, 2012   -   By Rowena

Approximately every two years we start over with our laying hens.  In order to meet the customers needs we have to have them laying at about 90%.  So at this time the 65 new layers are getting pretty big and starting to crowd my hard working ladies...

Superordinate Goals

Blog: Miolea Organic Farm   -   Thursday July 05, 2012   -   By Brian

In group dynamics there is a term that describes how you can get the group to be a cohesive entity.   Sometimes in groups you have a “them” versus “us” mentality not a “we are all in this together”.   If that occurred, the reason the group is...

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Keeping an Egg Flock: Spring Begins!

Blog: Emma's Family Farm in Maine   -   Sunday March 25, 2012   -   By Rose and Steve

In order to sell free range eggs, one must be keeping free range layings hens as naturally as possible. If the farm is to be diverse, those hens should be relatively easy to care for and meld into the farm's systems seamlessly -- in other words, each step of...

Spring time

Blog: Callister Farm   -   Thursday March 22, 2012   -   By Lori

Good morning! Things are getting busier around the farm. Who could have guessed that spring would arrive this early? The tulips are up with buds showing, there's leaves on the soft maple trees, the summer song birds are all here and the winter birds have...

waiting for the new "girls"

Blog: Callister Farm   -   Friday March 16, 2012   -   By Lori

Hello! We're waiting for Norman - our Amish farmer friend from Iowa to arrive with our fresh flock of laying hens - 800 for us. 1300 for others coming here to pick theirs up, take them home and get them tucked into new homes. Folks are arriving - milling...

Pullet Eggs!

Blog: Four Country Gals   -   Wednesday February 29, 2012   -   By Shari

For the past week, we've been getting eggs from our new hens. This is significant as these hens are naturally hatched and raised from our older purebred stock. We had a couple of Buff Orpingtons that insisted on going broody. Not a bad thing since we got a...

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Psst! Have You Seen My Chicken?

Blog: Growing Days   -   Thursday November 03, 2011   -   By Julie

Ten years ago, if someone told me I would one day own chickens, I would have questioned that person's sanity. Five years ago, if a friend called me “earthy,” I would have been seriously offended. Six...

Free Protein for Chickens

Blog: Spring Hill Farms   -   Monday February 07, 2011   -   By David

Laying Hen Spring Hill Farms I'm constantly looking for new and free (or cheap) protein sources for chickens. Obviously for us here at Spring Hill Farms it also has to pass clean food test as well. I'm not of the mind that "free" is good no matter...

Chicken Tractors

Blog: Dark Water Ranch   -   Saturday January 15, 2011   -   By shepherd

Today we took advantage of the warm weather. We loaded up on lumber supplies and hauled them back for later work. We also started plans for the new chicken tractors. We plan to have seperate tractors for each breed, so that our new chicks will all be pure bred...

The Hens Are Coming

Blog: Family Farms CSA   -   Friday December 17, 2010   -   By Foster

The chicks arrived and are growing.  Soon they will be hens and laying eggs for Foster Fogarty's Family Farms CSA, east of Sherman, Texas. These hens will be fed organic food and cared for in a way no big-time commercial egg mill will ever care for...

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