Bugs for Birds! Black Soldier Fly Larvae for Backyard Chickens: A Review

We raise our animals as livestock, but we still enjoy spoiling them with tasty treats now and then. Recently, we were asked to review Bugs for Birds! and our flock was more than happy to oblige. First thing’s first: Do you know how hard it is to photograph a bunch of birds? I swear thisContinue reading “Bugs for Birds! Black Soldier Fly Larvae for Backyard Chickens: A Review”

DIY Tutorial: Building a Nipple Drinker for Poultry

Today, we are going to share instructions on how to build a nipple drinker for your pastured poultry. We use these primarily with our chickens, but it also works well for turkeys. Keep in mind, waterfowl need to dunk their bill into the water, so this doesn’t work for them. This project takes under 15Continue reading “DIY Tutorial: Building a Nipple Drinker for Poultry”

Let’s Talk Turkey

As I sit and write this, Thanksgiving is the furthest thing from my mind. However, we run a farm, and we are constantly thinking about the next seasons, and following years. A couple weeks ago, an acquaintance of ours found some turkey poults for a great price. He contacted me and let me know. IContinue reading “Let’s Talk Turkey”

Check Out Your Chicken!

This spring has been a wet one. Our garden is delayed, and we are scrapping some of our plans altogether, unfortunately. We are hoping for some not-so-wet weather in the coming month so that our fall crops will do well. Cross your fingers for us! The wet weather thankfully hasn’t affected our meat production. OurContinue reading “Check Out Your Chicken!”

New Beginnings: Life And Death On The Farm

As of March 31st, I quit my off-farm job, in order to pursue farming full time. Robert is still working as an engineer full time, and he is enjoying his job. But with the way things have been growing at home, we figured having me available more often would be best for the business, andContinue reading “New Beginnings: Life And Death On The Farm”

Chicken Enrichment: Rolling Out Oat Straw

Spring is finally starting to show up, and everyone on the farm is very happy. Grass is sprouting, wild turkeys are roaming through the yard, and the birds are ramping up their egg production. We have started getting several goose eggs a day, and a turkey egg every couple days. But, we are dealing withContinue reading “Chicken Enrichment: Rolling Out Oat Straw”

Something Fun: Taco The Goat Stickers

Since acquiring our hodgepodge of goats, one of the little guys has amassed quite a fan club. Taco, a tiny little thing, has captivated so many people. He is small. Like really, really small. And I think that is part of his appeal! We decided to work with our friend Nicole Lapointe, who we’ve hadContinue reading “Something Fun: Taco The Goat Stickers”

The Day to Day of Winter Farming

This time of year, there isn’t a whole lot going on here, but that doesn’t mean we are sitting around all day. Our fifteen fuzzy hay eating animals still need hay and snacks brought out to them at least once a day, and the birds still need their feed and water taken care of. WeContinue reading “The Day to Day of Winter Farming”

Not Farming-Related: Nicole’s Thirtieth Birthday

This is going to be a little different than our usual content, but I hope you don’t mind. I promise there are cute animals! My birthday is January 4th, and I turned 30 this year. Robert decided to make this birthday an extra fun one. We exchanged gifts for Solstice, and he had told meContinue reading “Not Farming-Related: Nicole’s Thirtieth Birthday”

Winter is Coming to the Farm

Now that the rush of summer is gone, we were truly hoping that autumn and winter would be a little easier and calmer. So far, we have been wrong. Our final batch of chickens for this season was brought to the processor last week. They are now in the freezer awaiting their new homes inContinue reading “Winter is Coming to the Farm”