Lambing Season – Ewe Care

Our Expecting Ewes 2016 Lambing Season feels like Christmas on the Big O Franch.  We watch with anticipation as the babies develop, and make sure the ewes are in good condition.  We introduce the rams to the ewes in September and October for lambing late January through mid March.  Sheep are seasonal breeders, and we…

How to Protect a Flock From Coyotes

This actual post is more about how NOT to protect your flock from coyotes. Our first chicken flock existed blissfully unaware inside the protective walls of our six foot fenced city back yard.  We lost one or two small birds to hawks, but rarely had much more excitement than the odd rat or cat.  Our…

Coyotes Destroy Flock

Forever more, labor day weekend will go down as coyote massacre day on the franch.  All seemed well in the morning until we noticed a pile of white feathers blowing in the morning breeze.  My heart fell, then I noticed more feather in black, red, a brown. The kids started crying, and we began amassing…

The Big O Franch Produce

We love to work our hands into rich, fertile soil. There are few things more satisfying then harvesting a green bounty moments from your front door step. When we moved to the franch we inherited a modest citrus and avocado grove. The trees were laden with fruit, and we are learning to make the most…

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…

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…