The Chicks at 122

So as I’ve mentioned in a couple of previous posts, we have chicks around here again. This was totally unplanned. Somehow I managed to walk through all of the feed store “chick days” without buying any chicks. But I still ended up with six chicks. Virginia law requires that you buy a minimum of six…

All The Helpers

After a long, frigid Virginia winter and lots of deep litter in the chicken coop, it was finally time to pull out all the layers upon layers of chicken poo from underneath the roosting bars in the roost. I did not take a picture of what that looks like, because, well, because it’s basically 5…

Reuben

For the past year, I have been waiting and hoping that a stray cat would just take up residence on our little farm. But I’ve waited in vain. No such cat has ever showed up around here. I’ve had cats my whole life. I honestly cannot remember a time of not having at least one…

Goat Shed Two

After building our first goat shed, now simply referred to as the barn, we took a teeny tiny break from building anything. We spent a couple of weeks just enjoying our goats and the fruit of our labor. But then we had to get busy with extending the yard and building a shed for the…

We Are Goat People Now

It has now been over a week since we brought home our goats. I’m happy to say we have kept them all alive and well. We have been researching about Nigerian Dwarf goats for over a year, but just like everything else, much of the learning curve comes by experience and not just through books…

Ineptitude Strikes Again

I’d like to blame the third trimester of pregnancy, commonly referred to as “pregnancy brain” to be the reason. If not that, then maybe fatigue…I mean, we did just power through a crazy month of building our goat shed and then I had to make the 3-hour drive (each way) to get the goats and…

Hot Diggity Dog

When I last posted I said I was going to share about our landscaping project. Because, you know, that’s what you do when it’s the middle of winter and your freezing your tushy off, right?! I mean, what other winter time hobbies are there? I’ll keep this short and sweet and then move on to…

Cold Snap

Zoowiemomma it got cold in a hurry here. We dropped down to the low 40s last night. And we were most unprepared for the temps to drop that quickly. During the day, we were enjoying the cool, crisp autumn breeze. One of our cats managed to get out of the house. He was having so…

The Chicken Farmer

Once there was a little boy who loved his chickens. He would pamper his chickens. And care for their home. He took a lot of pride in how well he cared for his chickens. He can be seen outside near his chickens every day, tending to their every care and need. He carefully gathers their…

Eggs and More Eggs!

We are consistently getting four to five eggs a day now. Our blue egg layers still haven’t started laying any eggs yet. Neither the black Australorp hen (Strider) and one Bantam (Benipe) have started showing signs of being ready to lay yet. One Bantam, Hope, laid her first egg today. Check out these eggs we’ve…

Eggcitement!

Hooray! We have at least two chickens laying eggs! We found our first egg yesterday afternoon. What an eggciting day for us! This rainy morning we found a second egg. It was actually still warm, so we must have just missed the girl. The two larger eggs are the ceramic eggs we placed in there…

Fun At The Fair

It’s been a busy week for us. Thank goodness it’s…oh, wait, it’s not Friday yet. Oy. We had to make a trip up to Philadelphia this week. If you’re interested in that, you can read about it on my other blog. This week is also the local agricultural fair. We made plans to attend on…