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2013 #21: Chicken DE-Fence Update

04-30-2013 02:37 PM by MsDebbieP | 2 comments »

April 30/13 I was asked to keep you posted re: the effectiveness of the chicken “de-FENCE” that I created using the branches pruned off the apple tree. Well here we go: (a picture is worth a thousand words) First, note that there is some straw inside the fence. Normally the chickens would have this strewn all across the yard. I haven’t seen the chickens out much lately but they have been out at least once since I installed the fence. So, although this isn’...

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02-20-2013 05:47 AM by MsDebbieP | 4 comments »

Feb 19/13 This past weekend our neighbours were away so we got to collect their eggs: a dozen on Saturday; 14 on Sunday and 15 on Monday! They are egg-laying machines. And it’s winter time I was talking with the neighbour this morning and she told me that she had been tossing some mixed birdfeed out for them and she decided to watch to see which seeds they preferred. It was the peanuts. Now, she buys a bag of peanuts just for the chickens. Since then more eggs are produced AND the...

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Are The Fairies At It Again?

06-08-2012 04:10 AM by MsDebbieP | 8 comments »

June 8/12 Yesterday I posted a blog about a possible interaction with a garden fairy. This morning, it seems that the fairies are again being the pranksters! Rick has been collecting eggs from the neighbour’s chickens this week and here is today’s bounty: What is that little one doing in there? Is it real? Is it an afterthought? Or is it a joke being played on us (or on the chickens) by the local garden fairies?

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Chickens #1: 2011 Baby Chicks

09-07-2011 08:29 PM by Radicalfarmergal | 5 comments »

Farming never seems to go as I plan it. Early this spring, we had ordered eight female chicks from our local farmer’s exchange in the hope that we could replace our aging flock with new laying hens. The little white dog that lives across the street had other plans and helped himself to almost half of the chicks when they were only two months old. My children were very sad, as the chicks had become quite tame and beloved. Another neighbor heard that we had lost our pullets and offered us a...

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Garden Maintenance #11: More Garden Work.

03-07-2010 07:39 PM by Scott Hildenbrand | 10 comments »

Well over the weekend my daughter, son and I worked on the garden some more. This weekend was time to clean out the chicken coop and get that sorted out.. I think there was around 10 bales of pine shavings in the coop, all of which went to the garden.. I figure a few more years of amending like this and that garden plot will go nuts.. Also considering buying some scoops of horse manure. Anyway.. While my daughter occupied my sons attention I spent time making the cleanout door for the c...

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NOVEMBER 2009 #3: Tributes to: Andy Rooney, Organic Yard Care, Tree Frogs--- Maybe.

11-12-2009 12:21 PM by dott | 7 comments »

You might consider this post a bit of a clumsy tribute to Andy Rooney….. A few years ago, after I started trying to increase the organic care of my yard, we had an explosion in the total toad population in the yard. And, some of them seemed to have simply no problem whatsoever also finding their way into the house, probably the result of my tendancy to garden and water in the early evening just before sunset, and also because I have the abominable habit of leaving the front door wi...

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Around the Yard #25: The Show Overview

06-12-2009 08:12 AM by Scott Hildenbrand | 14 comments »

And here’s the rest in a much wider view. The garden along the walk is popping left and right. In a few days I figure there will be color the whole way down. So going to love breaking up this sidewalk and putting in something more flowing down through here. It’s almost like we were meant to be here.. This is what is across the road in the ditch.. Runs for a good way either direction and almost in conjunction with our property line. The dog run is still looking jam p...

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Chicken Coop, Day 1, Part 2

04-04-2009 04:27 PM by Scott Hildenbrand | 8 comments »

The floor is finished and the cut is done for the floor level cleanout door. There is a STUPID framing mistake that I made, which means I need to build it up some else I can’t do walls.. No biggy.. I just wasn’t using my brain. Here’s a view of the coop from the back porch. It’s just a bit away from the house. Because it’s visible from the road it needs to be extra pretty.. ;) I’ll be doing plantings around the run to mask it and make it look better. ...

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Chickens #1: My Peeps

03-30-2009 07:39 AM by Scott Hildenbrand | 14 comments »

Thought I’d snap a few pictures of the crew this morning. The rest of them are doing really really well. I’m letting my wife and daughter pick up some more this afternoon after school at the co-op to take the place of the one which died. This lil’ one was in the mixed EE pullets bin. Looking at it, it looks JUST like a Buff Orpington chick, which I’m hoping that it ends up being and was just in the wrong group. This is the Gold Lace Wyandotte. And in this cor...

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Garden Plannings #4: Itchen' for Chickens

03-29-2008 08:00 PM by Scott Hildenbrand | 53 comments »

I’ve been wanting to keep a few chickens for ages, even before I moved down here and got married. Not too many mind you, but like 5 to 8 or so. I’d actually mentioned it to the wife a few times and she seems to like the idea. I swear half the stuff I think up that she seems to like is just her humoring me. From what I’ve read I’m leaning towards Buff Orpingtons since they’re so well natured and can be easily handled. I’ve no use for a rooster.. I h...

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