Fundraising

Snow, snow, a creative outburst, and more snow

It’s been a rough few days! I have been trying to work out my fundraising platform and create donation prizes but life keeps getting in the way. This time around it was a familiar nemesis- snow. This winter has been freakishly warm, with freezing rain and almost no snow, which has been great for me… Continue reading Snow, snow, a creative outburst, and more snow

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Predators in our Midst

We continue to play with the game camera and it seems every time I get more disturbing results. First it was just feral cats, possums, blue jays, mice, and one very large and very old groundhog. I was perfectly content with these but when the dozens of raccoon photos started to pour in – on… Continue reading Predators in our Midst

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Chocolate Colored Egg Madness

In January I wanted to bring on some more Welsummers (as I needed a good rooster) some Rhode Island Whites to make sex links out of, and some Marans for chocolate eggs which I could also cross to the legbars to make olive eggers. People seem to love getting weird colored eggs. It’s a real… Continue reading Chocolate Colored Egg Madness

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The Long Wait for Barnevelders

When we first got into chickens I wanted Barnevelders. They’re a Dutch breed and they laid big dark eggs and had a pretty lacing pattern. I had bought some eggs and they were some of the first birds I hatched — but they died of Marek’s not long after that. This was on the old… Continue reading The Long Wait for Barnevelders

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The Mille Fleur Leghorn Search & Result

I wanted some pretty egg laying machines to add to my laying flock after eating egg sales started to surpass expectation. To keep up with demand I needed something stellar – I needed some leghorns. The thing is I don’t really like leghorns. They’re usually all white birds who do well in heat but not… Continue reading The Mille Fleur Leghorn Search & Result

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Plans for Spring Hatching

Well, we will be setting everyone up in breeding pens this weekend if all goes right which means in a few weeks we will be collecting eggs for hatching of the following breeds: Gold Brabanter Silver Gray Dorking Heritage Rhode Island Red (Rose-Comb) Silver Penciled Rocks Cream Legbars Seramas (frizzled and smooth) Experimental Sex-Links (RIR… Continue reading Plans for Spring Hatching

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The Cabinet Incubator is Up!

Well, it took us long enough but we finally built a cabinet incubator. Instead of relying on a small foam Hova-bator we now have a 5 drawer cabinet incubator which seems to do a lot better keeping at the right temperature and humidity. We can now potentially do hatches of several hundred chicks at a… Continue reading The Cabinet Incubator is Up!