Easy Breezy Mornings

I awoke about 4:30 am and succumbed to the fact that I will not be returning to sleep. Since I prefer to get up around 5:30, it was pointless anyway. That one extra hour would have been nice but I’ll not cling to it. I had about two hours to myself before sunrise then I…

Sustainable Gardening

With Summer upon us, though you wouldn’t know it today as it is rainy and cool, I am planning for Fall. We increased our garden size this year but had not planted the new section. A voluntary massive pumpkin plant popped up only to be devoured by an army of squash bugs. The other section…

Moving Along

We got a little stalled on our projects. However, yesterday I managed to plant a large portion of the garden. I know…it is already April and most people are just now getting gardens plantedĀ  thanks to Old Man Winter lingering on and on. It was 34 Degrees F. yesterday morning! And it warmed up quickly…

Has Spring Sprung?

I believe it has! The birds say so, the flies say so, and some old tulip bulbs that had been in a jar in the shed, unwatered with no light yet still sprouted, also say so. I put them in the ground yesterday. This was the scene just a week ago. We had just experienced…

Cannibalism

I recently became exposed and acquainted with an ugly side of raising hens-cannabilism. How could my sweet little feathered friends turn into cannibalistic monsters?! Well, this is how, and it is largely my fault. We went thru a real cold snap for about a week. Temperatures dropped down into the single digits at night. Based…

Compost and Chickens

I thought I would give a little update for those who do not follow me on Facebook. Our weather has been bipolar; Arctic one week and Springlike the next. Oddly, the nicer days have fallen on the weekends. We are trying to make good use of those days. Today we began one of our higher…

Cold Days, Endings, and New Beginnings

Here we are! A new year! What a concept time is. Winter has made its presence known the last couple of weeks. We were coated in an icy glaze for days; though the days seemed like weeks. We finally thawed out Christmas day. It was crazy hearing the ice fall from trees and the creaking…

Is It Winter Already?

Apparently, Winter has arrived a little ahead schedule. A storm moved in Thursday night leaving us with a couple of inches of snow and a whole lot of cold! It was still snowing Friday morning when I let the hens out. I had already cleared a path for them to walk on, laid down straw…

Wintering Hens

As winter creeps in, this first time hen keeper wants to be prepared. Several internet searches, many articles and blogs later, I have concluded that it may be fairly easy. Oklahoma, typically, has mild winters. Summer time appears to be more treacherous for our feathered friends. While this Summer was fairly tame compared to previous…