Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Excalibur 9-Tray Dehydrator with Timer GIVEAWAY!

I am so amazingly excited to be a part of this giveaway! Since of course, I know everyone wants one of these!!!!! SO be sure to enter below for your chance.....actually many chances to win!

We (along with many other members of the Homestead Bloggers network) are giving away an Excalibur 9-Tray Dehydrator with Timer!!!! Isn't that awesome? 

dehydrator giveaway!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Why did you start raising chickens?

Question of the week.....Why did you start raising chickens?

My answer: To keep the Guineas around. At least that's how it started. We had a bad tick problem in our woods, so we got some Guineas to control the ticks. Everything I read at the time said that if you buy adult Guineas that they will fly off in search of their 'home'. Then I read something that said that if Guineas live with chickens they stick around since the chickens do. So we got chickens. We also kept the Guineas confined for 3 months to sort of reprogram them to where home was. Not sure which one worked, but we still have the original Guineas and chickens. Plus about 70 more *sigh*

raising chickens

Monday, September 29, 2014

Adventures in chicken diapering

Diapers for chickens. Does that sound weird to you? I always thought dressing my cat was cute, and the dogs have coats and raincoats for bad weather. Dressing chickens though? I wasn't so sure of that. Then came the day I noticed the bald spots on the back of a few of my hens. Day after day the spots got bigger until eventually I broke down and bought some chicken saddles. Guess what? They worked! The girls feathers grew back and they looked really cute dressed up!

When I was sent a chicken diaper to try out I wasn't sure what to expect. I've had chickens in the house. Sometimes sick ones would have a quarantine box in the house for a few days. Other times youngest son would just bring me one of his favorite chickens to visit with. It was nice having them sit there on my lap all cute and soft, just enjoying being petted. Unfortunately there was poop to deal with!      

will chicken diapers work for you?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

How to clean your styrofoam incubator

Many of us have finished hatching chicks for the year. Now it's time to clean those incubators and get them put away till spring. Unless of course you're one of the year round hatchers. Even if you'll be using your incubator throughout the winter, it's still a good idea to give it a good cleaning from time to time. Ideally we should be cleaning our incubators between every hatch. How many of us actually do this? (hides under chair)  Ok, so the question is do you know to clean your incubator? There are many different types of incubators, Styrofoam, hard plastic and cabinet incubators are the most common. Today I want to talk about cleaning your Styrofoam incubator.....we'll get to the others in a future post. 

how to clean incubator


Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Funnies

The holiday weekend is here! It's about time...right? Lets start this party off right with some great laughs and good times!

chicken jokes

What do you call a crate full of ducks?
A box of quackers!

What do you get if you cross a nun with a chicken?
A pecking order!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Finding a Guinea nest with a thermal camera

Ever since I got my first 3 Guineas I've hated looking for their nests! Very few guineas lay their eggs in nest boxes. Some guineas can be coaxed to lay in the coop through the use of partitions or barriers so they feel like they're hiding. Most guineas like to make their nests in the woods among high weeds, bushes or fallen branches. This isn't really a problem until they decide to set on those eggs to hatch them. A guinea just sitting in the woods day and night for 28 days is like a written invitation to predators. Of course when they decide to set, it's time to grab the guinea and collect the eggs so she doesn't go back. Which is easy if you know where the nest is. How do you find the hidden guinea nest?

I go in detail about finding Guinea nest here: 12 Tips for finding guinea nests. Sometimes though, despite my best efforts I just can't find the nest! This was pretty frustrating for awhile then hubby came up with the idea to get a thermal camera. Since the heat imprint of the guinea would show on the screen, I could easily locate her on the nest! Check it out. 

how to find guinea nests

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