This spring and into the summer has been a battle of epic proportions. Our two female ducks kept hiding nest, trying to make another bid for motherhood. I was winning this battle, finding four or five nests before they began to incubate them. I was feeling rather proud of myself
I’d like to say that this was the first time I had ever dealt with an egg bound animal, but I can’t. Being egg bound is not a common thing, but it can and does happen from time to time. Being egg bound can happen to anything that lays eggs….
I have wonderful memories of going to the drive-in movies with my family as a child. My folks would place our tiny lawn chairs on the tailgate of the truck and we felt on top of the world! Sometimes we would meet up with my aunt and uncle and the
Recently we were asked by Cave Tools to do a review of their Vegetable Grill Basket. Having already tried their Wood Chip Smoker Box and Rib Roast Rack, we agreed right away, as we have seen first hand the quality of their products! Since grilling and BBQ are my hubby’s domain, when
Recently I took a break from blogging. I told myself it was only going to be a week or two, just long enough to get my head on straight. The country kids were a handful, the end of the school year was nearing, and I was overwhelmed and just needed
When it comes to raising chickens, sooner or later, you’re going to get a broody one. As with all living things, there is an inner drive to reproduce, and chickens are no different. And when a hen decides she is going to raise her some babies, it is known as
The other day my hubby asked me what colors chickens see. I know, we have odd conversations around here. I knew they could see colors pretty well, but before giving him my “final answer,” I did a little research. I mean, come on, he may be my hubby but I
At the beginning of the year, I was contacted by a UK publication about writing an article for them. They were looking for around 2,000 words and 6 to 8 original photographs to accompany the piece. The topic? Backyard chickens! They wanted me to inspire readers who are new to
Raising chickens can be a rewarding and sometimes magical adventure. There is nothing like getting your first egg! When a hen first starts laying her eggs tend to be on the smaller side as her hormones and body figure out the whole egg laying process. But once a hen gets
I’ll admit, I’m kinda on a DIY decor kind of kick right now. Last week I made a shabby chic burlap bunny, and this week I am adding dashes of color around the house. I love flowers, but I hate flowers in a vase. I don’t like when pretty things
For the last couple days, I have walked past the over ripe banana sitting in the kitchen thinking, I really should make up some banana bread. But yeah know what? I am tired of banana bread. Every time we have over ripe bananas I make bread. Well not this time!
When you have livestock, predators will show up. This is true for backyard poultry. Just because you might live in a nice little subdivision or within the city limits, trust me, predators are lurking. Some you may see, like the neighbor’s cat, but many will go undetected. Once darkness falls,
Every morning around here starts out pretty much the same. The oldest country kid is up before me, because he sleeps like 3 hours a night. He is sitting on his rear, watching cartoons, oblivious to the fact that Heidi the homestead hound is pacing through the house like an
No one likes eating the same meal over and over. We all get into recipe runts. Admit it. When was the last time you threw something new into the dinner line up? I know around here, we tend to fall in the familiar food trap, you know the one, where
It has been a while since we have done a Critter Spotlight. I realized the other night, we have a few critters that never got their turn! Well we just can’t have that, now can we? Fair is fair, so in the coming weeks, I will make sure everybody gets