Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Mosquito Repelling Plants

Spring is here and summer is right around the corner, and that means more time outside enjoying nature, gardening, and BBQs with friends. That also means the mosquitos are back. Yes, I have already seen a few and I don't want to see anymore!

As you may or may not know, I am VERY anemic (the doctors are working on finding the cause) and I really need every drop of blood I have. Sorry, mosquitoes, but I'm not sharing this summer! Luck for me, Clovers Garden has a mosquito repelling plant collection called The Mosquito Trio!

Hubby and I recently made a new patio area with mulch, plant beds and a lovely table and chairs. I would really like to get to sit out there this summer and not be eaten alive, so these mosquito repelling plants are going to go perfectly in the new beds around the patio area!

Monday, May 23, 2016

(mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop #71

Welcome to the (mis)Adventures Mondays 
Blog Hop!  

This party is a 
Rules Free Party!!!

Share anything you want!!! We love seeing what you are up to! Be it recipes, DIY, giveaways, hops, crafts, funny stories... they're all welcome here!

After you share, don't forget to take minute to check out what everyone else is up to! You might just learn a thing or two, find a great new recipe, or get a giggle!

Ring of Fire Hot Pepper Collection

I really enjoy gardening, the smell of the dirt, the feel of it on your hands, ahhh, the joy of spring time. Recently Clovers Garden contacted me about their Ring of Fire hot pepper collection and wondered if I would like to try it. Clovers Garden ships ready to plant plants. Who can say no to plants! I was curious, having never had plants shipped through the mail to me, how this whole thing would work, but I was excited.

What is the Ring of Fire hot pepper collection? Just a collection of some of the world's hottest hot peppers! Do you want to be the bravest gardener on the block? How about the ruler of every salsa contest from here on out? These super hot, but tasty peppers are almost impossible to find at a regular nursery (or even online) but Clovers Garden has tons of them.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos May 15th - 21st

This week the flock has been working out the kinks of not having a dominant leader to guide them. The littles have become braver and are testing their boundaries with the big girls. While the pecking order is changing, for the most part, everyone is being civilized about it and no real drama has broken out, thank goodness!

I received a shipment of plants from a company who wants me to review them. I have never gotten starter plants in the mail before! The "Ring of fire" hot pepper collection included the world's hottest pepper. Yikes! Hubby is a little afraid of that section of our garden now. LOL

I have gotten my tators in too, but I am so far behind this year on getting the garden in. Of course we did have snow flurries last Sunday, so I am totally blaming Mother Nature.

So what made me smile this week?

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop May 21st


Welcome to the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop. We can't wait to see what you have to share this week! 

This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!

Please join us, submit YOUR Self-Reliant post (maybe even 2 or 3), browse around, visit a site or two and learn some new Simple tips or Self Reliant How'To's!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Minecraft Birthday Party (on a budget)

Recently the oldest country kid turned 10 years old. When I asked him what theme he wanted for his birthday, he had said Minecraft before I even finished asking. *smacks forehead* Ugh, that game he is always talking about and begging for screen time to play. I mean literally, if he isn't playing it, he is talking about what he will build next or he is reading a book on how to build his next great project.

I guess I shouldn't feel too bad as millions (yes, MILLIONS) of children across the world spend their days digging (mine) and building (craft) different kinds of 3D blocks.  This is a "sandbox game," because players creates the game themselves by manipulating the world within it (like kids playing in the sand). Honestly I would have been happy not knowing any more than that, but alas, I had a party to plan.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Heart Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

I love to bake, but with hubby's recent medical issues and diet changes, making treats has fallen by the wayside. It is both sad for me as a baker, and depressing for the family who loves my baked goodies. So after taking a baking break for a few weeks, I decided to get back in the kitchen and come up with a healthier treat even my hubby could have.

Now I am not saying I will never make naughty treats again, but I need to have something in rotation that even my hubby can have. Of course oatmeal was the first ingredient that popped into my mind. Since hubby doesn't liked cooked raisins, and adding chocolate chips wouldn't be as healthy, I had to figure out a way to make these cookies flavorful with just a few simple spices and boy did they turn out great!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos May 8th - 14th

What a week of highs and lows! Our oldest country kid entered double digits this birthday. Where has the time gone!?!?! He is growing into such a fine young man (most of the time LOL)

Hubby surprised me with an odd Mother's Day gift.... another mouth to feed! Ummm geee, thanks hun! Really though, he put a lot of thought into the gift and I am delighted because she is the sweetest little rat girl ever!

We had to travel to Kalamazoo this week for the oldest country kid to take the MSTEP state testing. He managed to finish both days in just one morning! Talk about a smart, focused kid. Here is hoping he gets good marks. I enjoyed the quality one on one time we got to share that day as it doesn't happen often.

We had to say goodbye to our alpha hen. She was over 5 years old and had been battling reproductive infections for some time. I knew the end was coming and tried to prepare myself, but of course this hard on the outside, soft in the center kind of girl ended up bawling.

So what made me smile this week?

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Homdox Silicone Baking Mat Review

You guys know, I LOVE to bake. But what I don't love is cleaning up after I bake. So, when Homdox contacted me and asked if I would be interested in trying out their silicone baking mats, I figured why not! I have never used silicone baking mats before, but I had heard that quality mats were wonderful to work with. After looking the mats up on the Homodox website, I was intrigued.

Why was I intrigued? Well, because I hate things getting stuck to my pans and having to scrub the heck out of them. I also dislike wasting money on parchment paper. I told them to send me a couple and I would take them for a test drive. I am totally going to spoil this post for you, because they rocked!

Let me tell you why they rock, because the more I learned about them and used them, I realized these silicone baking mats were NOT just about saving me clean up time! These simple mats do that, but what they are and what they do goes beyond my kitchen sink.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos May 1st - 7th

Another week has come and gone and it has been an interesting one to say the least. We had a busy weekend of family fun planned and even though I had to deal with an ongoing medical issue (my darn anemia), I never let the country kids down. I was tired beyond belief, but we still managed to make it to all the planned activities!

With the weather so nice this week, we spent a lot of time outside with the critters. It is hard to spend time with them over the winter when the weather is so nasty, but there have been many treats given and friendships renewed this week. We also made a new friend this week.

I think it is time to finalize what we will plant in the garden and get it into the ground since our last frost date is here. I always head the frost dates as Michigan is notorious for changing its mind when it comes to the temperature!

So what made me smile this week?

Friday, May 6, 2016

DIY Upcycled Bird Feeder

I love all the birds we have visiting our property. What I don’t like is when they decide to eat all the chickens’ food! Sure a little nibble here and there isn’t a problem, but by the end of spring, every bird in a 20 mile radius seems to have gotten the memo that our place is the place to eat. To try and cut down on the amount of chicken feed being consumed by our wild feathered friends, we put up feeding station for the wild birds. The problem is cost, bird feeders aren’t cheap if you buy them at a store. But who says you have to buy bird feeders?

We come up with all sorts of DIY feeders that don’t break the bank. Last spring we whipped up a couple DIY Bird Feeder for Under $5. And while I still like them, we decided to do some upcycling this year. What is upcycling? It is taking discarded objects or material and giving them a new life. For our discarded object, we used tennis ball containers. I know, I know, you’re are probably thinking but she is a middle aged, over weight homesteader…. Does she really play tennis? That would be a big fat NO! But I know a certain dog who loves tennis balls. And your local school or university with a tennis team probably has boxes of discarded tennis ball containers that they would be more than happy to part with! One man’s trash is another man’s bird feeder!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

When Ducks Attack (And it's your fault)

Ducks are not like other “pets.” They don’t jump up and lick your face like a dog that is happy to see you. They don’t snuggle on the couch next to you like your favorite cat. Now don’t get me wrong, they can be “friendly” in their own way. Ours know their names and come when called. The enjoy hanging out with you, if you have some mealworms.

But, from my experience, ducks are not huggers. They don’t liked to be picked up, even though we have raised all but one from a baby. And they most certainly do not like being chased. EVER. Not even if the person doing the chasing thinks they are playing a game that everyone involved is enjoying. Because trust me, Mr. Bill, our male duck, does NOT enjoy the chase game that the littlest country kid has recently started to play.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos April 24th - 30th

We did a lot of yard work this week, getting things picked up and improved for the coming warmer months. We filled in holes, added mulch, planted new plants, and over all I am exhausted! But I am so excited we also put in a blackberry patch!

We faced another new chicken issue when Ester decided to push too hard while laying and prolapsed her vent. If it isn't one thing around here it is another! Talk about a stressful situation, but I am happy to report all is well.

Since doing yard improvements, it has become the hang out spot for humans and critters alike. We enjoyed many a days outside with out critter friends. I think we are all looking forward to summer, with warmer weather and lots of treats!

So what made me smile this week?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Vent Prolapse (What to do when your chicken’s butt falls out)

It was a Monday like any other around here, crazy and hectic. When the littlest country kid came inside to tell me that one of the chicken’s butt had something stuck to it, I was neither shocked nor surprised. Of course I didn’t know what he meant, so I sent the oldest country kid out to investigate. They both came back in to report that Ester has a tomato stuck to her butt. What?!?! There was a red thing coming out of her butt. WHAT!?!?! And then my mind snapped in to place and before I even made it out to the yard, I knew Ester was in a bad way. I just knew see had prolapsed, because if anything can go wrong, it will go wrong, and the weirdest stuff always happens to us.

I hate when I am right about something bad, and sure as shit, there was Ester with her butt hanging out. Her butt fell out or more technically, she had a prolapsed vent. What is a prolapsed vent? Well basically it happens when a chicken pushes too hard, for whatever reason. More likely than not, it is from pushing too hard when laying. As chickens age, their bodies, much like ours, being to weaken in certain areas. For Ester, her girly parts are getting old and worn out, and she strained too hard laying and POP, out came her inners.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos April 17th - 23rd

After being in the ER last weekend, I had to take it slower this week. I had very little energy physically, even though my mind keep nagging at me about the things that needed to get done. After eating spinach every for lunch and adding in a one a day women's vitamin with iron, I am proud to say, yesterday I finally felt almost like my old self. Too bad I still had to take lots of breaks when doing things around the homestead.

Our annual Spring Fling Giveaway event is half way through with our last prize opening today. Now it will be over a week of giveaways closing, randomly picking winners, getting mailing info and send out prize. I sure hope everyone is having fun with these great giveaways from some amazing folks.

So what made me smile this week?

Chicken Swing Giveaway

When I asked you all over on Facebook what kinds of items you wanted to see in the Spring Fling Giveaways, you asked for it, so here it is! From Foul Play Products, it is The Chicken Swing!!! Do I deliver or what?

Our girls free range, so the idea of them becoming bored never really crossed my mind. But I know many of you do not free range, so your girls might get a little down in the dumps when it comes to extra activities to do in the run. There are just so many ways to entertain a chicken that not only stimulates them mental but also provides them with the physical activity they might not get being in a run.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Pantry Paratus Giveaway

Today's Spring Fling Giveaway comes from a family run company called Pantry Paratus. Pantry what? Paratus is the Latin word for "prepared" and Pantry Paratus's goal is to equip and teach pantry preparedness. They want folks to eat healthy, wholesome food and their store carries everything you need to accomplish this!

I have used Pantry Paratus before and Chaya has been so helpful every time. When we were trying to get an old canner up and running, she helped us identify the parts we needed and worked with the manufacturer to get them for us. Now that folks, is customer service! And the cherry pitter we purchased was a hit with everyone in the family. The country kids actually fought over who was going to pit the cherries! That works for me! Or should I say they did all the work for me!!

Friday, April 22, 2016

High Caliber Jewelry Giveaway

Today's Spring Fling is an exciting one because it comes to us from one of YOU. That's right folks, Angie from High Caliber Jewelry and Accessories is part of the (mis)Adventures family. I was so excited last year when she expressed that she would like to offer something for the Spring Fling this year. I always knew folks who followed the (mis)Adventures we some of the most wonderful and generous people! So here ya go folks, an amazing jewelry prize pack hand crafted by Angie!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Wild Signs Giveaway

Mandy, over at Wild Signs is such a sweet and generous person. I have known her for almost four years now and you could not meet a nicer person! I was not at all surprised when she offered to give one of their signs away to one of you, because, well, she is always that awesome.

These high quality metal signs will make a great addition to anyone's home. Oh sure they have your typical farm/country type signs, but they also have some humorous ones and you know me, I love a good giggle!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Difficult Chickens Adult Coloring Book Giveaway

I have always loved to color, even before I had the country kids. I am not too proud to admit I was still coloring in children's coloring books. I find coloring to be very relaxing an enjoyable.

Adult coloring books have become all the rage lately, but I just kept coloring in my children's coloring boos, well until I got Difficult Chickens by Sarah Rosedahl! An adult coloring book with chickens? Why yes, please! Someone had finally come up with an adult coloring book with a subject matter that appealed to me!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Lally Broch Farm Giveaway

One of the wonderful parts of blogging is the incredible folks you meet along the way. At the beginning of my blogging journey, I crossed paths with Sonja from Lally Broch Farm. Sonja never thought she would be a "farm" girl, but let me tell you, she has taken to it like a duck to water (and yes she raises them too!) Her incredible journey is chronicled on her blog.

She and her family are doing some amazing things in Maine! You should really check it out. She also runs a facebook page where you can keep up to date on all the adventures of Lally Broch Farm.

While she does blog, she is also an incredibly resourceful lady who handcrafts so many wonderful items. She uses what she has from her farm to make wonderful things like soaps and jewelry. Yes, I said jewelry, from a farm. Lally Broch Farm is home to some very special hens. You see those hens lay eggs, which Sonja turns into works of art, eggshell art, like a beautiful butterfly necklace that I call my very own.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Thread Bear Creations Giveaway

I am so super duper excited about today's giveaway, because the lady behind Thread Bear Creations is my best friend in the whole wide world, Sandie Mcnees! Sandie and her hubby own and operate Bear Foot Farm where they raise produce and pigs. I meet Sandie two years ago at a farmer's market and we just clicked. It is amazingly creepy how alike we are. You know that whole, two peas in a pod saying? We are those peas, but we are strange, silly peas! 

For Christmas this year, Sandie gave me a set of beautifully hand embroidered towels she had made for me. They are works of art! They are so amazing I don't want to get them stained up, so I basically told everyone in my family I was the only one who could use them. 

When Sandie's health recently made it harder for her to help out on the farm with the pigs when the mud is knee deep, she was feeling slightly useless. I suggested, since she had to keep her feet up anyway, why not make and sell towels. She wanted to help bring in money for the farm and I knew first hand how talented she was. Little did I know, I may or may not have turned her into a nonstop embroidering crazy lady! In my defense, she was crazy before I met her.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos April 10th - 16th

What a busy week! Our annual Spring Fling Giveaway event kicked off this week, with a new prize up for grabs daily. I put a lot of work into this event, but I love giving folks the chance to get their hands on some wonderful prizes!

Spring has finally sprung, for good I think this time. Flowers are pushing up, the duck pool is open again, and hubby has begun prepping the garden. The temps were in the 70's yesterday! Time to bust out the air conditioner, because this northern girl does not do well with anything over 80!

I spent time in the ER this week with what we thought was congestive heart failure. It was a relief to find out I am just scary anemic. Hey, I'll take it over my ticker going bad! Yes, I always try to look for the silver lining.

So what made me smile this week?

HerBedding Giveaway

Do you like to pamper your pets? Maybe Fido gets special biscuits or Fluffy has a special cat nip toy. But what about your hens? That's right, I am talking about pampering your poultry! Our backyard poultry doesn't just provide us with eggs, they also provide entertainment and companionship. Why not show them how much you care by making their egg laying experience that much more relaxing with HerBedding!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Seeds of the Month Club Giveaway

Today's prize will keep you gardening all year long! Our friend Mike, who is a 3rd generation vegetable gardener AND published author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person has been gardening for nearly 30 years and is the founder of The Seeds of the Month Club. He is offering up 30 packets of seeds to one lucky winner so they can start their spring gardening off right!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Chubby Mealworms 3lb Tub Giveaway

Protein is a very important part of a chicken's nutritional needs. Our birds free range and nibble up all the insects they want, but there is something about mealworms that just make them loose their minds! I swear mealworms do to chickens, what cat nip does to cats!

As you may already know, we have a mealworm farm. Yes, we raise our own mealworms in order to provide a little extra protein to our poultry as a treat. I just could no longer stomach paying $4 for 100 mealworms at the pet store.  But I know many of you are a lot like my hubby and would prefer NOT to raise your own mealworms. And that is why I am so happy that today's Spring Fling Giveaway is for a 3 lb tub of mealworms from Chubby Mealworms!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Chicken Boots, Bad Dog Giveaway

Last year I introduced you all to Sarah Barrera, author of Chicken Boots. Well, I am so excited to announce she has another book out in the Chicken Boots series called Bad Dog! These are such totally adorable children's books and I am delighted to have them as part of our personal book collection.

The theme of friendship from her first book continues in the newest edition to the series, Bad Dog! Of course my country kids can totally relate to these stories as they play with our chickens, but even if a young reader doesn't own chickens, the theme of friendship shines through!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Nite Guard Solar Prize Pack Giveaway

I am so excited for today's Spring Fling Giveaway, Nite Guard Solar!!! Why am I so excited? Because if you have livestock or a garden, you have predators and Nite Guard is your solution! Whether you live in a rural or urban setting, there are critters out there and they are hungry. Even if you don't see them during the day, I promise you, they lurk in the dark.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

2 Boys 1 Homestead 4 Pack Soap Giveaway

We haven’t used commercially made soap in over three years here at the (mis)Adventures house. The fact that commercial soaps contain so many unidentifiable ingredients and that those harsh chemicals make my hubby’s eczema worse, were the leading factors in our family going to a handcrafted soap. Recently our goat milk soap supplier decided to focus their goat's milk into cheese making and we were forced to hunt for a new “official” soap of the (mis)Adventures household.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Lady & the Carpenter Giveaway

Have you ever found an artisan who makes the most amazing, quality items? A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to get my hands on some handcrafted clothespins, that were not only a MUCH better quality then the cheapy pins you find at the store, but were beautiful! And this folks, is how I came to know about Lady & the Carpenter. They are a small family who handcrafts and sells their very own brand of clothespin, Kevin's Quality Clothespins.

I know, right now you are looking at the photo to the right and saying to yourself, "Those are not clothespins." And you’re right! And that is why I am so excited! The Lady & the Carpenter, have an all new product…. French Style Rolling Pins!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos April 3rd - 9th

Spring keep trying to break through winter's repeat performances. I am getting a little tired of the snow flurries. Winter, you had months to show up and didn't, go home, I want my spring!

Betty is still trying to go broody, hiding eggs everywhere. So I guess either she really wants babies or she finds it funny to make me go one Easter egg hunts even though Easter is over.

We continue to try to eat even better then we already did to try to help hubby with his medical issues. For the most part it has been no big deal. But I am going to go one record and say, I will NEVER eat mashed cauliflower ever again *gag* The things we do for the ones we love!

I have been buried this week getting the last minute work done behind the scenes for our annual Spring Fling event. It all start tomorrow!!!! A new prize up for grabs every day for over a week. It is a lot of work to pull together but I love being able to give back to my readers. I wish I could give each one of them something for all the love they have shown us.

So what made me smile this week?

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Peanut Butter Maple Granola

Recently my hubby got to spend the night at the hospital due to an irregular EKG. It was a wake-up call that we are both getting older and we need to start taking even better care of our bodies. And even though we already garden and make a lot of our own food items, it was time to double down and do even better. No more store bought granola in this house. It is a simple item to make and can be changed up very easily depending on what you put in it.

Since my hubby LOVES peanut butter, we decided to whip up a peanut butter flavored granola. These granola bars are chewy and can also be broken down into a crumble for topping your morning yogurt, which I love because plain yogurt is just, well, plain. Having just three simple ingredients make this granola a breeze to whip up any time.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos March 27th - April 2nd

I survived Easter, but only barely! The oldest country kid, who is nine, is starting to doubt the Easter Bunny. *sigh* They grow up too fast! As long as he doesn’t spoil it for his little brother…. I also included hubby in the hunt this year by hiding beer. Now that was fun to watch, a man hunting beer!

The animals are all starting to feel Spring Fever. The ducks are being sneaky and trying to hide nests, the temps are warming up enough we can take the baby chicks out for small visits to the “big world” and meeting their big sisters. That has gone over with mixed emotions by the hens.

I continue to get things done behind the sense for out big annual giveaway event that starts April 11th. I have lines up all sorts of neat prizes for you guys! I am so excited. I mean like tinkle my pants excited! I’ll give you some hints…. There are books, chicken products, gardening things, things to pamper yourself, and so much more! Wanna learn more about our annual Spring Fling event and how you can find out about prizes first? Just click here!

So what made me smile this week?

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Spring Fling is Almost Here!!

I am getting so excited and I am going to tell you why.... Because every year since I started this blog, I have held a Spring Fling event. This is my fourth years holding this event and each year I don't know who had more fun, me putting it together, or the readers getting to party like rock stars and walk away with some sweet swag!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos March 20th - 26th

What a week of ups and downs. I always wonder why life can't just go along at a steady pace, and then I realize, where would the "fun" of life be without the ups and downs. Gotta keep a girl on her toes, right?

For once it wasn't me with the medical issues. Weird, right? Little Miss Accident prone and all. Both the country kids had a bought of 24 hour something. Luckily there was only one up chuck and it was in a toilet!!! Yeah for small victories!!! Hubby however was sent to the ER by our family doctor after an EKG showed issues. He is home now after an overnight stay and is doing fine. Like I said, ups and downs.

I am not looking forward to the early morning hiding of the eggs this year (heck I never like setting my alarm to venture out into the cold, dark morning) but the littlest country kid is soooo excited for Easter. We have a wonderful ham for dinner and if I am not too tired from hiding eggs I might make up some yeast dinner rolls.

So what made me smile this week?

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Understanding the Pecking Order

If you intend to have more than a single chicken, you are going to need to know a little bit about the “pecking order” and how it works. So what is a pecking order anyway? It is a hierarchical pattern of behavior in a flock. In plain English it means there is a top bird who runs the show and all of the rest of the chickens fall in line under it depending on rank within the flock.

Generally the top bird gets first crack at food, water and treats and other members of the flock will “make way” for the alpha. An alpha can either be a rooster, if your flock has one, or a dominate hen will fill the role if you don’t.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos March 13th-19th

It sure felt like spring at the beginning of the week, but sadly the temps have dropped back down again. At least there has been no snow! I always have to look for that silver lining!

Our two new chicks got a little sister on Friday. Hubby picked me up a Black Jersey Giant on his way home from work. Awwww he does love me. I really need to get a picture of her for you next week as she is too cute.

Yesterday I got to spend the whole day out and about with my best friend. We don't get to hang out often, but when we do, watch out world and craft stores!! While I didn't buy much, I had a blast getting away for a day of girl fun.

So what made me smile this week?

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The 6 Important Elements of a Homemade Brooder Box

Bringing home baby chicks can be exciting, but there are six things you need to put together so that your homemade brooder is perfect for your new chicks. Some folks hesitate to get chicks because they are afraid they will do something wrong and the birds will die. If you address these six elements of a brooder, you will help ensure your cute little fluffy butts start off on the right foot and grow to be productive flock members.


Once you have picked out the perfect chicks for your flock, you are going to need to put them in something, aka the brooder box. Now a brooder box can be made out of just about anything. We have used everything from an old Guinea pig pen to our preferred choice, a plastic tote. Even a cardboard box will work for a brooder, but there are a few things to keep in mind.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos March 6th - 12th

I think spring is finally here and here to stay. I heard the spring peepers (frogs) singing last night! Of course I am going to try to remain calm and not start my seeds just yet as I am sure Mother Nature and her frost are lurking somewhere.

We finished up our sugaring season this week. The temps are just getting too warm at night and the ants have found our taps. Not to mention I may or may not have set my sweatpants on fire one day trying to get the evaporator going. No worries, I am fine! We have boiled over a hundred gallons from just our three trees and should end up with just over two gallons of finish maple syrup for the year.

We also have added a couple new members to our flock this week. I love baby chicks! Instead of hatching this year we just hit the feed store for our new friends.

So what made me smile this week?

Friday, March 11, 2016

How to Pick Chicks

Its spring and that, at least to me, means chick season. That glorious time of the year when feed stores have bins of baby chickens that just call out to you “take me home!” Whether you have had chickens in the past or it is the first time you have felt the urge to bring home a cute little fluffy butt, there are some things you should consider BEFORE you go to the feed store or place an order for you new flock members.

One important thing to consider is how many chicken you can realistically home. If you are in an urban setting, this may be governed by an ordinance. Our little village has guide lines as to the number, sex, and housing of chickens within the village limits. Make sure you check your ordinance BEFORE you go buying birds!