Category: Animals

Life with chickens

Life with chickens

After three years of owning chickens I’d love to say they’re an easy way to keep us in eggs.  While not totally the case I’d still recommend them.  The initial months are spent nervously hovering and checking on them and…

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Simplifying food scrap disposal – the chicken compost bin

Simplifying food scrap disposal – the chicken compost bin

When we lived in suburbia I had a compost bin and worm farm so it’s fully ingrained in me to not throw away food scraps or put them down the waste disposal (we’ve never installed one much to hubby’s confusion).  We now…

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Lambs + daffodils = spring

Lambs + daffodils = spring

  It seems like it’s been a long wet winter.  The ground is soaked, the plants are tilting in the wind and wet and I struggle to find enthusiasm.  We’ve had a couple of warm days but I didn’t want to…

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And now we have a broody chicken

And now we have a broody chicken

It’s been a slow 2016 egg wise for us.  Our three big girls have spent most of the year moulting (read about it here) and not laying. Fortunately our two new bantams started and we had about a month of small…

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Chino & the chickens

Chino & the chickens

Anyone who knows us will know that we have the greatest puppy in the world and I could easily blog every day about what he’s been up to.  I never thought we would get him to stop chasing the chickens though so I…

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Sprouting grains for the chickens

Sprouting grains for the chickens

Why sprout? I’ve been reading lots of blogs from people who make their own chicken food.  I’d like to do the same but it seems to involve alot of ingredients and care needs to be taken to get the right…

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Making chicken and dog treats

Making chicken and dog treats

I sometimes think the animals we have eat better than we do – certainly before we do.  Here’s a couple of chicken and puppy treats I’ve made lately. Although it does sound like they’re spoilt – all these were made…

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Becoming sheep owners

Becoming sheep owners

We’ve had a neighbour grazing his sheep on our property for the last few years but we’ve finally taken the plunge and are sheep owners!  

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Wood ash for mite prevention in chickens?

Wood ash for mite prevention in chickens?

I read this post and thought it sounded like a great idea – basically empty out the fireplace and put the ash somewhere for the chickens to scruff in – (http://untrainedhousewife.com/wood-ash-for-mite-free-hens).    

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