May 28, 2014 @ 8:05 PM

This is the newest baby at Daisy Duke Farm. Three weeks ago Goblin, a silkie x leghorn mix, started sitting on eggs. Our girls like to help each other out, so in a couple of days her sister Pickles, the hen pictured in the front center, took over some of the eggs. A couple of days later their remaining sister Pootunia joined the party.

Goblin found it all a bit too crowded, moved to a new spot, and the other hens started laying eggs in her antique enamel wash bucket. Pickles and Pootunia had been sitting on their collective nest of eggs for over 2 weeks when Michelle, the black & white Dominique chicken in the rear, moved in to "help". Michelle tried to raise some chicks in January but none hatched, and all she's wanted ...

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May 13, 2014 @ 12:39 PM

Soon after we got our first baby chickens in March 2013, I started reading a LOT about chickens, researching breeds, etc. I quickly learned that you need lots of different chickens for their various desirable traits.

As I expected, we got a couple of roosters out of our first batch of 16 chicks. What I didn't expect was how horrendously MEAN a Rhode Island Red rooster can be! Some of those first chickens are very sociable, and some have the personality of a rock. So I learned within a few months what I wanted from my future chickens:

  • I wanted some chickens that lay unusual colored eggs (Ameracaunas, Easter Eggers)
  • I wanted some that would be WONDERFUL pets, with sweet dispositions and tolerant of my small grandchildren (this ...
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May 13, 2014 @ 12:09 PM

Every spring I seem to have a new theme that interests me. Last year it was planting potato towers, as well as trying out some other non-traditional ways of growing common flowers, fruits and veggies.

This year I'm terribly obsessed about how a garden can co-exist with free ranging chickens, ducks and turkeys. I've tried out LOTS of methods and will share my successes after I know what works and what doesn't.

This year I'm also suddenly infatuated with herbs. I've got quite a nice collection of herbs and I'm working out some chicken-resistant means of growing them. One thing I did this year is to plant herbs around our heat pumps in the tiny bit of garden space between the concrete platform they sit on and the ...

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May 1, 2014 @ 2:44 PM

It's still a bit early in the season to offer much in the way of produce or flowers yet, but Mike and I will be attending the Gilmanor Swap this Saturday, May 3 with herb baskets, farm fresh eggs including chicken, duck, silkie and quail plus a few roosters that need new homes. Thousands of vendors and attendees should be there - will you be able to make it? Take 33/Staples Mill Rd. north from Richmond to a left on Chewning Rd. The event starts at 8am - come early for best selection!

 

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