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Ready For an Orchard?

Last week, we added the next big thing to the farm. We ordered fruit trees to begin our little orchard – 4 apples, 2 peaches, and a cherry tree, all dwarfs. These are from a local orchard, as we are … Continue reading

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The Time Between

This is that dull time between seasons, when the winter has become boring and routine and the spring’s repeated teasing and retreating is already getting old. My animals are feeling the same way, I think. The goats are impatient for … Continue reading

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Spring Teaser

We are in a temporary thaw, with furious winds last night shaking the house and helping to evaporate off some of the excess moisture. The animals are taking this as a sign of spring and everyone is frisky. I opened the door … Continue reading

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The Babies Are Grown

Back in July I invested a small amount of cash in six baby chicks. I purchased Isa Browns because my “Isa” was a consistent daily layer of one jumbo brown egg. I watched them grow from sweet fuzzies to gawky … Continue reading

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Wooly Sweaters in the Cold

Angora goats produce thick, warm mohair as their profession. When it is washed and sorted it is as soft and sweet-smelling as can be. On an outdoor goat, though, it gets dirty, stiff, and smells pretty much like a farm animal. … Continue reading

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Chickens In The Mist

It is a slow September morning on the farm and the cool, wet fog is dampening the sights and sounds around me. I went out for my morning visit to the barn to feed and greet the animals and had to slap … Continue reading

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Spring Renewal

Things are coming back to life on Bluestem Pond. It’s been a long winter and a lot has happened to pull my attention away from the blog, but I think it’s time to come back out of hibernation, as the … Continue reading

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Chicken Playtime

I‘ve done this before – offered my chickens a cabbage to play with – but this year we have a jungle gym for them in their run and it has a built-in cabbage hanging pole. I know they are cold … Continue reading

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Chicken Mystery Drags On

I would have thought that by now, my chickens would have grown back the feathers on their backs and all would be normal again, but no. In fact, recently  there have been more feathers floating around on the ground and … Continue reading

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Over Already?

Wasn’t it only three days ago I was feeling the glory of an abundant strawberry harvest, and looking forward to hauling in two quarts a day for the next week? I had to miss a couple more days due to … Continue reading

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Chicken Bare Patch Mystery I

I’ve been searching the internet for a good explanation for why most of my flock has bare spots where their feathers have been plucked out. Beauty is the worst off, and yesterday I noticed she is not only bare on … Continue reading

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Lessons in Chicken-Keeping

Every month this year is my first of its kind for being a mother to chickens.  Here we are at the end of my first January, and I’m continuing to learn new things like the rookie that I am. As soon … Continue reading

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Life Inside the Winter Coop

The freeze from the northwest keeps sweeping down on us and everything is at a standstill in southwestern Michigan.  I saw the coolest satellite photo today that shows how the “lake effect” snows develop.  Notice the outline of the great … Continue reading

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Frozen Eggs

Wow!  So cold yesterday that the chickens refused to leave the coop and the eggs I pulled from the nesting boxes were frozen solid.  Two of them had cracked and the frozen egg whites pushed out between the cracks like … Continue reading

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Field Day

It’s December 23 and we got a semi-heatwave so I treated the chickens to a walk around the farmyard to see what they could find.  Even at 2:30 pm the sun was so low that their shadows stretched out long behind them. They were … Continue reading

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Cabbage Play

It looks like the chickens figured out what to do with their spinning cabbage.  They are also spending their time outside and have begun pecking holes in a pumpkin I tossed into their run.  Actually, we are over-run with eggs … Continue reading

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Happy Flock At Last

We picked up some kindnesses for the chickens.  A bale of straw to insulate their feet from the snow in the run, some cracked corn to peck at in the straw, and a cabbage. I was thrilled to see them … Continue reading

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Calm Before the Storm

We have a quiet period now, since the winter storm yesterday.  The forecast says it will pick up again this afternoon through Friday morning.  In such a short time you wouldn’t think we’d be suffering from cabin fever, but we … Continue reading

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A Chicken Tunnel

We made one more winterizing improvement to the chicken yard today. My husband stacked straw bales on the west wall and in front of the coop entrance to block the winter wind.  It was a good engineering exercise but the normally fearless … Continue reading

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Chickens Approaching Winter

Things are changing.  It has frosted overnight for several days, the hours of daylight are slipping away, and my little flock has stopped laying eggs.  Now, it could very likely be due to a problem while we were away for … Continue reading

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