Raising Chickens – Part One

Raising Chickens – Part One

  Spring is just around the corner, and this Farm Wife’s fancy has turned to raising chickens. Every year around this time we start working toward rebuilding our flock, and are usually trying to order way more than we can handle. It’s like being in…

A Hostile Transfer

A Hostile Transfer

Please join me in welcoming my guest writer. Bob was the Flock Manager for the Silver-Orp Division of Casa Smith-Coushatta, until a recent hostile transfer to Assistant Flock Manager at Paradise Plantation. He is the grandson of Rosco, a previous CCO trainee at Paradise Plantation,…

Life Lessons from the Chickens

Life Lessons from the Chickens

It’s a given routine – every morning, I head outside first thing to let the chickens out of the coop. They get fed; the water gets changed and I check for any eggs that may have been laid overnight. Once all that is done, I…

My Chicks need Dramamine

My Chicks need Dramamine

  Small farmers usually don’t have one area of expertise. They have their hands in many dirt piles. From compost bins and gardening to livestock and manure control, and full circle back to the compost pile.   It All Started Innocently Enough My friends Johnny…

The Song of my People

The Song of my People

    I am not so sure if this go ‘round I purchased chickens, or provided training facilities to some sort of Gallus gallus domesticus Choir.   Music at Sunrise Each morning, you can find me at daybreak tending to my flock. I give them…

Tongue Tied

Tongue Tied

  Some people feel like they were born underneath an ‘unlucky’ star.  I believe the one I was born under has a name…and it is ‘Calamity’. I heard of being ‘tongue-tied’ before, but never expected to see it – literally. It all started with an…

Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

  As much as I hate it, this is the time on the farm that my time and energy are focused outside, instead of inside. By the time I finally come back in at the end of the day, my mind and body just cannot…

The Chickens ate my Unmentionables!

The Chickens ate my Unmentionables!

  The chickens ate my unmentionables!  Well, okay.  Not literally.  But it does feel that way sometimes… Around here, we live on a budget.  Some days it is strict.  Some days it is rough.  Some days it is either suggestive or a dream.  But we do…

Adoptive Parenting

Adoptive Parenting

  I have always thought it would be wonderful to adopt children. It hurts my heart to think of all the precious babies (and young children) who are out there, in need of a loving home. I once suggested it to The Country Boy, and…

The Joy of Progress

The Joy of Progress

  In this instantaneous world, we want what we want when we want it and how we want it. Period. Using a microwave, we can have a meal in minutes. With cell phones, we can get all our calls now. And if we have a…

The Bullies

The Bullies

I don’t tolerate bullying. I don’t like it, and if I see it, I do my best to stop it. My mornings usually begin in the chicken coop. I open the hatch first, and smile while I watch the avalanche of feathers as chickens come…

Raising Chickens – Part Two

Raising Chickens – Part Two

    So you have decided to raise chickens, and have poured over the catalogs to determine which breed you want. After hours, and very possibly days, you’ve agonized over each one, and finally narrowed it down to something manageable. In other words, you didn’t…