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...


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Grow Your Own Fodder






Looking for a healthy way to feed your animals and maybe even save a little money?  Consider sprouting your own seeds for fodder.  Not only is it healthy, but giving your animals a bit of green in the winter is a special treat!  Learn more at the Backyard Farming Connection.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Meet our friend Bobby

Last week we ran a contest over at Farm Chit Chat and wanted to feature one of our fans in a post.  Our friend Bobby from Nebraska won that contest and I think you will enjoy reading her story.  It is short, but shows a fighter’s spirit.  I could relate to some of that story…..starting over, selling animals and moving in with mom.   But Bobby says she believes in paying it forward and helping others who are facing difficult times.  I love that!  Thank you for sharing your story with us Bobby, I think our readers will enjoy it!

Read all about Bobby here



 Happy Homesteading!

Sounds Around the Homestead: Guinea Fowl

So, you are thinking about adding guinea fowl to your farm or homestead. These beautiful birds are wonderful creatures. They give the loveliest speckled eggs, they have some of nature's most interesting feathers and design. They will preen and clean your chickens and other backyard fowl of parasites, like ticks. But, are you prepared for how loud these little "protectors" of your flock can be? Come over to Lally Broch Farm  to see what you might expect from these fascinating birds.

~Sonja ♥

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