French White Muscovy Ducks

Our French White Muscovies are now 8 weeks old, and they are huge.  They literally grew before our eyes, and the males now weigh in at about 8 lbs. We were able to move them outside at around 6 weeks, and now they are fully feathered.  Our plan is to begin processing the males at…

Chicken Flock Health – Testing

There was once a time when we looked at a sick hen, scoured the internet for a diagnosis, and hoped for the best with our parasite control.  Those were the days when all of our chickens got wormed on a regular schedule regardless of need.  We have come along way since then, and now only…

The Separation is Killing Me

We just got the final results on the tests we sent away.  Of the three sheep we bought about four weeks ago, one came back positive for OPP, one for CL, and our last girl, Sasha, came back completely clean from CL, Johne’s, and OPP.  We are so relived that at least one of our…

Choosing a Chicken Breed

We have spent tons of time with different chicken breeds, and have a deep understanding for the qualities we value as chicken franchers.  Within each breed personality varies from chicken to chicken just like with people.  But, certain characteristics remain fairly consistent, and can help narrow down which breed is best for you. I like…

Setting up a chick brooder

We have raised hundreds of chickens from day olds, and have picked up a few tricks along the way.  Often, people we encounter shy away from the idea of mothering their own baby chickens.  But, raising chickens from day-olds can be a very rewarding experience. Once you have made the decision to plunge into the…