The baby chicks get a new home

Chickens, Our Homestead
This will have to do for a bit. We're not making really great progress on the chicken coop. Red is still in the chicken run and I don't trust the dogs to leave him be. The babies are so small, they can escape through the chicken wire. I'm going to have to use smaller wire around the bottom so if we have baby chicks later, they will be safe and sound inside the run. Still in my small living room. Last time, in the spring, we only had five, this time, there are eleven. This is going to get old really fast. LOL! [caption id="attachment_2880" align="alignright" width="300"] box of chicks[/caption] The heat makes the smell stronger, faster. At least they are safe from the dogs and cat. Strider (the cat)…
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Time for new chicks!

Chickens, Our Homestead
Guess what my mother informed me she found while perusing my favorite ag store today? BABY CHICKENS! in the fall no less... I was really torn. Starting baby chicks in the fall... getting them grown up enough to face a cold surly winter. Should I? Mr. Red is so lonely... he needs some more of his own kind. What is a rooster, without hens? So, I go home, I research the city statutes that I had left the girls to do last time we bought chicks in the spring. Sure enough, they were right. We are allowed twelve birds. Only one can be a rooster... well, that is accomplished well enough, so I bought eleven chicks. Once again, hoping for the best. If you'll recall, that's what we thought we…
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The Bird House – Nature in Your Own Back Yard

The Bird House – Nature in Your Own Back Yard

Farm Animals
Want to enjoy nature more? Do you love the beauty of nature? Many, many people do. They enjoy going to an aquarium, the local zoo and even the pet store. Hiking, climbing or perhaps a car ride are wonderful ways to be a part of nature. But is there a way to enjoy nature in ones own backyard? How about getting a bird house. A bird house is not only a great addition to ones yard but for very little money can bring the excitement of nature home. And if it's in our own back yard we can enjoy it anytime; right? How to Pick Out a Bird House The size of the yard is a main consideration when picking out a bird house. Simply the larger the yard the…
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Mr. Red

Mr. Red

Chickens, Our Homestead
Isn't he wonderful? He now has his very own run... no real house yet, but his run is safe and sound. He crows day and night. I have been hoping my neighbors won't complain, but he starts up around 5am and doesn't stop until dusk... I mean off and on ALL DAY long! My son has dedicated his Sundays to helping me build the chicken house. My daughter has started college, the 'friends' that begged and pleaded for their purchase, I see less and less. It's just me and the dogs and the rooster. I have to give him credit too... The rooster is quite protective. Nothing is getting into this backyard without his say so. Even the dogs are afraid of him now. My sister came over the other…
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Chicken Run Complete

Chickens, Our Homestead
Chicken Run Phase One Complete Here in the yard in front of the chicken run is where I sit and take a break in between digging post holes and stapling wire. This was so much fun doing with the girls. Well, at least two of them showed up for the hard work. ;) Building a chicken coop has proven to be a bit trickier than I had hoped it would be. I suppose I could have skimped on lumber or not sunk the posts so deep and used less cement, blah, blah, but this will last for a very long time. If I ever sell this house, I hope they like chickens. Where I wanted it built, toward the back of the yard from the house, there is a tree…
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The chickens have flown the coop.

Chickens, Our Homestead
Okay. The chicks STILL don't have a permanent home. The newness has worn off. The girls are NOT paying close enough attention and even while I am in the garden more and more with spring planting and yard work I can't watch them day and night. We are down to one. I'm trying to decide whether to buy more or abandon the idea all together. There is one tough red bird hanging on, and I have my suspicions that 'she' is a 'he' The comb is getting bigger and the tail feathers getting longer and longer all the time... hmmm.
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Dog Eats Chick

Chickens, Our Homestead
Okay, dogs gotta eat. But I feed them well, I feed them 'good' dog food. I spend entirely too much money on it. Fresh chicken was not what I had in mind. We're not certain if it was the Lab or the Doberman. Heck, it could have been the cat, but one thing is certain, one is gone and there are feathers all over the yard. Poor baby chicks. Probably scared them to death.
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Mooooooom! Can we get some baby chicks?

Mooooooom! Can we get some baby chicks?

Chickens
Okay. So I moved to town. I sold out... through no real choice of my own (long story) I moved from out in the country with five acres and a large home to a small town. Yes, we are large enough to have a 'Wal-Mart' and we recently even got our own Lowe's store... wow. But Atwoods is still my favorite hardware/garden parts/camping stuff/ all around urban homestead place to shop. And they also happen to be the only place in town that sells baby chicks in the spring. My daughter and her high school friends tagged along while I was shopping (yes, clothing store, around the corner from where I was headed). But somehow they ended up with me at Atwoods. And I took these girls shopping with me…
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The Animal Farm Accountability Question

Community, Farm Animals
If you don't belong to the 'grist mill' perhaps you should at least read this article... Old Big Brother Had a Farm I liked Mary Zanoni, executive director of Farm for Life's bottom line... "Zanoni sums up the views of many independent farmers: "Real food security comes from raising food yourself or buying from a local farmer you actually know. The USDA plan will only stifle local sources of production through over-regulation and unmanageable costs."
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The High Cost of Animal Agriculture

Farm Animals, Food Supply, Healthy Eating
Thanks to Susan Weiner at Farm Sanctuary for pointing us to that organization's network of websites -- this has to be one of the most comprehensive resources available on factory farming, animal rights, vegetarianism, and many other related topics. Some of the more interesting resources found were the information from FactoryFarming.com on the environmental and human health costs of factory farming, and the environmental case for vegetarianism at VegforLife.org. I've just scraped the surface at this point, but there's much more information here that I'll be coming back to read. Susan particularly asked all to point to the organization's campaigns on behalf of "Downed Animals," and against the production of foie gras and veal. Farm Sanctuary has also targeted Chef Wolfgang Puck for his "huge hand in promoting both foie…
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