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Well I Never Thought We’d Have To Do THIS!

Well I Never Thought We’d Have To Do THIS!

You have to be prepared to handle emergencies on the homestead! Sometimes they involve people but often they involve animals.  Learn how to give shots, treat wounds, do an episiotomy for an animal struggling during birth, how to turn babies, pull babies, castrate,...

Do This and Never Buy Chicks Again!

Do This and Never Buy Chicks Again!

Chicks are expensive.  At our local farm store they are $4 to $7  each - more for specialty breeds. If I drive about 30 miles there is a much larger farm store with many varieties at $3 each  but you have to buy 6 minimum...not usually a problem for me!  What if every...

Hello, my name is Cheri and I’m a chick-a-holic….

Hello, my name is Cheri and I’m a chick-a-holic….

It’s not my fault (really!). Hear me out….there are SO many heritage breeds, beautiful colors of eggs and beautifully feathered chickens that I can’t help myself.  I’m not greedy…I just want one of everything.  Just one…. Normally this isn't a tremendous problem....in...

Till the Cows Come Home…#2

Till the Cows Come Home…#2

Have you ever heard that expression "I’ll love you till the cows come home"?  Know why they say that?  Because the cows don’t EVER come home.  Let me repeat that...if you don’t go get them.... they.never.come.home! Many years ago we had a neighbor pull up to let us...

Raising chicks on the homestead!

Raising chicks on the homestead!

Remember these cute little gals? In this picture, these girls are only a couple of days old.  Chicks change FAST! Each day as you go out to feed, water and clean out their hutch you will notice that the beginning feathers from the day before are longer (usually wing...

It’s that time of year….

It’s that time of year….

I love spring here on the farm.  A sure fire way to tell spring is here is when you find these things beginning to be gathered in the kitchen... Yes, right between the daily supplements and my current favorite cookbook are the first signs of spring! As we gather the...

Meet Coop!

Meet Coop!

This is Coop!  He's named that because he is King of the Coop - chicken coop that is! He’s a sassy thing! Coop has ruled the roost here for several years.  Right now, he’s getting a run for his money from some younger boys. We raise most of our own flock.  We gather...