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 ...
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 ......
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 ...
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!