Our First Experience Incubating Hatching Eggs

Our First Experience Incubating Hatching Eggs

So about two and a half weeks ago, I decided to dive into my first experience incubating hatching eggs. I had stumbled onto a Facebook page for selling rare chicken breeds and hatching eggs. Then someone offered a sale/discount on her eggs. I wanted some! Particularly since these were hatching eggs from Cream Legbar chickens. I had recently had an interest in obtaining this breed, but they are expensive. Female chicks can cost $20 a piece. *This post contains affiliate links/ads. ¬†I may receive compensation if you choose to click…

New Additions To Our Backyard Flock

New Additions To Our Backyard Flock

Our backyard flock had some new additions this week! I’d been telling my husband I was having chicken withdrawal symptoms and needed to buy new birds. ūüôā It’s so addicting! So many kinds, just not enough space! Last April we got our first birds at a poultry swap. We ended up getting about 15 birds total originally between the swap, Craigslist, and Tractor Supply. However, we sold some and experienced some losses as well. We also bought a few more birds. But now we were down to five birds total,…

Our Second Year Raising Our Own Pork

Our Second Year Raising Our Own Pork

Raising our own pork turned out pretty successfully for us the first time that we tried it. So back in September we purchased two feeder pigs again. It was a little later than we had intended to start raising them, but it just hadn’t suited to start sooner. We started out well, purchasing the two pigs for $84 vs. the $130 they had cost us last time. They were also a little bigger in size. Unfortunately though, one of them started not thriving and my husband noticed him coughing soon…

Our First Attempt At A Chicken Water Heater

Our First Attempt At A Chicken Water Heater

So this is our first winter raising our little chicken flock. Of course this¬†brings new challenges with the cold weather. Obviously, the basics don’t change. But our handy little PVC pipe watering system with the nipple spouts wasn’t going to be the best option during winter. We were concerned about it freezing and breaking down. We had talked about wrapping it with heat tape, but my husband decided it was better to drain it and try something else. Me and my research, had discovered some other ideas on good old…

Our Egg Basket Update and Chicken Status

Our Egg Basket Update and Chicken Status

Back in the spring we had started our little backyard chicken flock project. Our goal was to raise our own healthy eggs, and eventually meat birds as well. We have been fairly successful with the egg part. Right now we daily¬†see 4-5 eggs in our egg basket. ¬†We actually had started getting 6 eggs a day, but lost a hen to a predator a couple of weeks ago. Of course it was the Barred Rock that would lay¬†a larger size egg than her sister. But still for our family of…

Choosing the Best Pet Care Option When You Travel

Choosing the Best Pet Care Option When You Travel

When planning a trip or vacation, one question that always comes up for us is about our pets. Who will care for them while we are gone? Pet care is a valid concern that affects anyone that owns an animal. It’s not always easy or fun to try to find someone to watch your pets and care for them.  Of course the least expensive, and most convenient option is if family or friends are willing to watch them for the nice, low price of FREE.  Sometimes we have been able…

Raising Healthy Pork for Less

Raising Healthy Pork for Less

Last summer, my husband and I had one of those conversations that begins with me saying, “Honey, I have a crazy idea,” and him responding, “Oh boy, what’s that?” My reply that time was, “I think we should raise our own pigs for meat.” “Well,” he said, kinda laughing, “that is crazy coming from you.” Although my family, especially my parents and siblings like to imply that I am not the farm-girl or “roughing it” type, it’s not a completely far-fetched idea for me. I did grow up on an…