The Chicken Profiler – Speckled Sussex

Xena and Penelope were very cool chickens. Xena was a complete lap chicken. She hopped the fence every day from the first spring melts to the first blizzard. She’d spend her days scratching in the yard, happy to be picked up and carried around. They say not to have favorites in your hen house- andContinue reading “The Chicken Profiler – Speckled Sussex”

COME MOVE TO MY TOWN!

Seriously. (Danforth, Washington County, Maine- 04424) We have land. Lots and lots of land. Some with houses, some without. Some needing work, some needing to be knocked down and rebuilt. But it’s THERE and it’s ready for someone to settle it. We have need for workers. We need skilled people- caregivers, health workers, plumbers, aContinue reading “COME MOVE TO MY TOWN!”

Alpacas And Choke – Why We Soak Their Food.

There are always a multitude of ways that raising animals will scare the bejeesus out of a person. Animals are very effective at finding trouble and getting into it. They are also very motivated to do whatever it takes to get their favorite foods, even if it means the risk of killing themselves. Go figure.Continue reading “Alpacas And Choke – Why We Soak Their Food.”

Alpaca Facts: From the Farm

If you spend enough time with any group of animals, you come to accept that they can be kinda… funny. They all do the normal animal type stuff, like running and rolling in the dirt to cool off… but it does seem like all types of animals have their own “things” that are species specific.Continue reading “Alpaca Facts: From the Farm”

Chicken Keeping- Deep Litter Method

I can’t believe it- but as of this spring I’ve been keeping chickens for eggs for 8 years! Living in Maine, I’ve discussed keeping chickens in extreme temperatures and weather conditions, like winds so fierce they blow your coop over. Three separate times. Since the beginning, we’ve used Deep Litter Method for our henhouse. AndContinue reading “Chicken Keeping- Deep Litter Method”

Hoardsteading

They’re are several keys to successful homesteading- today I’d like to talk about the ugly reality behind frugal farm adventures. The truth is we are level one hoarders. According to aftermath.com “Hoarding Level One: Clutter is not excessive, all doors and stairways are accessible, there are no odors, and the home is considered safe and sanitary.”Continue reading “Hoardsteading”

Operation SOS – Save our Strawberries: Part 1

As previously mentioned – this is a last ditch effort to see if we can save the very neglected and badly planned strawberry garden. We already knew we lost over half the plants in between planting and year two- pretty disappointing. Last year we weeded them out – once- and it just wasn’t enough toContinue reading “Operation SOS – Save our Strawberries: Part 1”

2021 Goals!

Better late then never- and hey, I’m actually ahead of where I was last year! Also – Happy April! Once again- I’ll be treating this as a list of goals and a general update on the farm because multitasking. In fact I’m cooking pasta as I write this. It’s bound to explode in my face.Continue reading “2021 Goals!”