Tag Archives: Hobby farm

Getting to the End of the Harvest

This has been such a satisfying year of making the most of the farm. The goats and chickens gave us so much, the cats did their job keeping the mice down and giving us affection when they felt like it. … 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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Snow Day

Whoa, big winter storm!  Fortunately, we had nowhere we had to go today so we could sit gazing out the windows into the opaque white mist as the drifts grew. I take that back, I did have to go out to … Continue reading

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Chickens in the Cold

Poor little cold chicken feet!  At 7:00 am it is 20 degrees outside. Yesterday was warmer, and when I went to refill the food and water I found their water feeder frozen solid.  Oops.  We were going out for the … Continue reading

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Frosty Morning on the Farm

I woke up this morning to heavy frost mixed with fog that had not quite frozen down yet.  The sky is clear, though, and the sun will quickly dissipate the ice crystals and bring it up from the 29 degrees … Continue reading

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Persistent Green Beans

I’m on about the fifth round of picking the “final” batch of green beans.  Each time, I pick even the two inch long babies for a nice tender side dish.  I say good night to the garden and thank you … Continue reading

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The Next Addition? Grapes!

If you were with me on this blog from early on, you know that we have a big master plan for Bluestem Pond Farm.  Last summer was the house, in the fall was landscaping, and in the spring was a chicken coop … Continue reading

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Coop Renovations

Cooper and his flock are having to adapt tonight.  We did some fine-tuning of their coop to make it easier to clean and insulated it a bit against the cold north wind we expect this winter. Their roosting bars are … Continue reading

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The August Farm Pond

August is an interesting time for a farm pond in Michigan.  We’ve had very little rain for a few weeks and all the ponds in the area are getting a little low.  The frogs who spent their evenings singing in … Continue reading

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Cooper the Rooster

I’m quite fond of my “white” rooster, Cooper.  I put white in quotes because although it is hard to notice on a day-to-day basis, he has been changing color steadily.  This is good, because I believe he is an Isa … Continue reading

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Free Range Playground

This week we unlocked the gate to the chicken run and released the flock for the first time.  It did not take much coaxing to get them out the door.  They’ve been eyeing that luscious green grass for a long time, tearing … Continue reading

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Roosters!

Well, it’s pretty clear by now that we have two roosters in our flock.  “Buster” is a beautiful multi-colored Araucana with blue-green feet.  I guess he won’t be laying us any pink or blue eggs now.  He has a distinctive … Continue reading

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New Wildflowers

Having fields of wildflowers is an exercise in appreciating surprises vs demanding consistency.  Each year, different things come up in different proportions.  The first year we were happily inundated with Brown-eyed Susans.  In each new season, the mixture has changed … Continue reading

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Tending the Pond

Our farm pond is a living thing that needs tending just like the farm animals.  The water plants, animals and algae (it is debatable whether algae is plant or animal), change with the temperature, water level, and sunshine.  It has not … Continue reading

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Whoa, That’s Rain!

This has been one great growing season here in the Great Lakes region.  It is warm and steamy and we’ve gotten some amazing downpours in the last few days.  Yesterday morning I dumped out our rain gauge to see what … Continue reading

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Chickens and Kitchen Scraps

Oh my!  I am just beginning to start saving kitchen scraps and taking them out to the chickens, and what a hilarious event that is to watch!  On Sunday morning we had french toast and there was one piece left … Continue reading

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Letter Press

We have a new venture here at Bluestem Pond.  We are incorporating a printing press into the barn menagerie!  My husband took a class in old-fashioned printing and enjoyed it so much he has taken in an antique “letter press” … Continue reading

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Perfect Day on the Farm

Some days are busy weighed down by nagging chores.  Some days are hot and muggy and you become drenched just trying to move about.  Then there are days like today — perfection!  It is in the high 70’s and there is … Continue reading

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Welcome Back, From The Flock

We went away for 11 days and on our return I hardly recognize our little flock of chickens!  They have taken a leap forward in their looks and behavior.  When we left, they were still mostly huddling in the corner … Continue reading

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Welcome to The Outdoors!

Last night, our chickens moved into the coop and spent their first night in the dark, in a strange place. I lifted Cooper (my rooster’s new name) up onto the roosting bar to show him how nice it was, but … Continue reading

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