Update: Chicks Feathered Out!

Good morning, Blog Buds!  As you can see, my new flock is feathered or mostly feathered out and moved into the garage brooder, an extra-large dog crate converted for the purpose.  The Rhode Island Rhodes are the oldest (almost a month old) and, therefore, the biggest, as you can see.  The others are three weeks…

Spotlight: WARTIME FARM by Peter Ginn, Ruth Goodman, & Alex Langlands

WARTIME FARM at Goodreads This is an extremely useful and valuable book.  Seriously, get yourself one if at all possible.  To see what I mean, first watch the Historical Reality show it’s based on. WARTIME FARM on YouTube I’ve mentioned this one before, but now it’s really prominent in my mind.  As I’ve said before,…

Meet My New Flock of Chicks!

Chickens are probably the easiest and most useful backyard farm animal you can have, although quail are an excellent alternative.  Also, they’re gosh-darn cute, funny to watch, and loveable pets, if you handle them daily from hatching.  They only live a few years, however, and they lay well for two or three of those years. …

Quail, If You Can’t Have a Rooster, or Chickens At All

QUAIL FARMING FOR BEGINNERS at Amazon Disclaimer:   I have not read this book yet. Baby chicks are selling out nationwide, as are eating eggs from the grocery store.  I’d planned to start a new flock this spring, but the pandemic added a new urgency.  We only need one laying hen per person in the…

Plant a Garden, Raise Some Chicks

A few of my new baby chicks came home yesterday, Rhode Island Reds.  This picture was taken right after and they’re huddled together for warmth.  I did get the temperature right in the brooder, more on that later. It’s a scary time in the world right now, but I know my purpose.  I need to…