Friday, July 10, 2015

Weaning Rabbit Kits in a safe, gentle, and effective process.

I've been missing in my blogging because we have had so much going on- all good but I did want to get back to it.  The rabbitry has been more challenged than I ever anticipated- in a great way!  There has been so much more to learn in husbandry, genetics, showing- the rabbit shows are miles different from the poultry shows we use to attend.  It's hustle and bustle and fun competition in a much faster pace! 

I wanted to go over our process in weaning kits today, handling their weaning properly is so important for their overall health and even future potential.  There's an old saying that, "A show winner starts in the nestbox!"

Here's how we do it...

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Egg Basket is now Four Corners Rabbitry!

If you follow us on our Facebook page, then you already know that we sold most of the farm just before Thanksgiving last year.  My health continued to decline after the issues last February and sadly it became too much for me to keep up with.  

You may have even noticed that thankfully, after a long transition with Facebook, our page has now officially become Four Corners Rabbitry.

Read more here about our changes.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Homeschool Composer & Music Study Charlotte Mason Style- Beethoven

For our Term 1 Composer this year, we're studying the great Ludwig Van Beethoven.  I decided that as my children are older now, it would be easier for me to blog my plans and then they can go online here and take advantage of the links below to complete their assignments.  The added benefit, of course, is being able to share it with my readers as well. 

Click here for free resources and plans.

~ Tiffany at The Egg Basket

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Coccidiosis- An Unfortunate but Common Poultry Problem

I often get questions from readers about health related issues involving their flocks.  It's so important to me to share our struggles as well as our triumphs in hopes it will help others as they work at raising their own birds and farming their homestead. 

This season, I have had an overwhelming amount of questions about Coccidiosis, cocci as it's commonly called.  I also spoke with our state veterinarian and several trusted breeder friends who agreed that this was the worst season in years of cocci outbreaks.  There have been rampant strains, likely due to the wet winter and hot, humid summer.  I wrote this blog post to provide a one-stop shop of information that breaks it down to the basics of what it is, how to do your best to avoid an outbreak, and treatment.  It is likely that all chicken keepers, breeders, hobbyists who do this for long enough, will eventually deal with a bout of cocci.  It's always best to be prepared.  Read more here at The Egg Basket to learn about this common flock problem and how to prevent and treat it.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Introducing Our New Longtail Breeds Part 1- Red Shoulder Yokohamas

For Christmas and my birthday this year, Chuck surprised me with the last thing I expected him to purchase on his own, new chicken breeds!  Not just new breeds but an entirely new class of chickens with much project potential!  He talked to the breeders about coop and run requirements and ensured I was all set with those too.  Spoiled?  You betcha'!  Please welcome our newest chickens, our new longtail breeders!  The first of our new long tail breeds is the Red Shoulder Yokohamas.   Stop by to learn more about these amazing chickens!
~ Tiffany at The Egg Basket

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Small Livestock Swaps- ProtectingYourself & Your Flock and Herd

There's been much debate lately on forums and facebook groups about purchasing new farm animals and adding to one's herds and flocks.  Some call it "chicken math",  if you have chickens or goats or rabbits, the general consensus is, eventually you WILL get more. The main question has been, where do you get more?  There's been a lot of misleading information that local swaps are not managed well and only serve to provide ill animals.  In our experience, this is certainly not the case.  Head on over to The Egg Basket to gather some advice on buying local and buying healthy.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Abundance Farms' First Garden

I have finally started my first garden ever! Join me on a journey through seeds, weeds, and buds! Also learn why I have concluded that tomatillos are an evil plant. [Read More Here--->]

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Making plans and more work to do.

The time has come and gone - our pigs have been sent to slaughter.  It reduced the feed chores around here, but has left me a new project list.  Check out more about our upcoming plans over at Milking Chickens: Making plans and more work to do...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Pig Lessons

We added our first pigs to the farm in January, and I'm learning more from them everyday.  Last Thursday was our wildest day with them yet. 

Check out Milking Chickens: Lessons from Last Night for more...

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