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On Breeding Dual Purpose Sex Links

Well, my life is calming down a lot and spring is coming up so it’s time to start refocusing my attention on this homesteading blog. Now, I know, I am no longer on a homestead, but I am working towards it again and in the meantime people are still asking me all sorts of chicken… Continue reading On Breeding Dual Purpose Sex Links

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An Invitation to Come on a New Journey

The death of Rindle Ridge Farm beckons the birth of a new larger idea – and a request for help.

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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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Marans & Basque Hens

Well our incubator spiked at 103 for six hours… Was sure that the whole incubator got fried, and two and a half of the drawers indeed did (we lost half the bantams we were incubating as a favor, the Dorking, and the Brabanter drawer.) Despite this over 30 Marans hatched! I will be keeping them… Continue reading Marans & Basque Hens

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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