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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
It's time to plan your garden for the coming year. Whether you are new to homesteading, or have been gardening for years, join the discussion as we talk about how to plan and implement your homesteading dreams. Stop over at The Backyard Farming Connection to learn more.
Although we didn't get quite as much snow as the weatherman predicted (do we ever?), it snowed enough to cover our boots and the temperatures are low enough to make daily chores frigid!
To treat the kids (and myself) I made some Snow Cream with my favorite coffee creamer. Join me here for the recipe!
It's been about 4 months since we obtained our family's guinea fowl from a neighboring homestead. How are they faring in the cold, Maine winter? What plans to we have for their future? Come on over for a visit to Lally Broch Farm and we'll tell you all about it.
It is an exciting time on the farm! We have our first piglets! Nine of them, to be exact. Bacon, our Hampshire cross girl, was visited by a “travelling man” and now has some very uniquely colored babies to show for it! Check them out --->