Ahhh, yes, THIS is what warm weather feels like! For the first time this year, the temperature topped 60°F (15°C), with a hazy sun and a gentle breeze. We've had some melt-off days already, but this one tastes like spring! Usually, there's a day like this sometime in February, so … [Read more...] about The great WARM outdoors!
In bits and pieces, with no one storm to take the credit, the snow has been steadily building up. Regular barnyard clearing is fully underway, by blade-on-truck and then the big tractor, with snow banks appearing in all the usual places, like the ones that form the winter laneway … [Read more...] about Road to the Chickenhouse
The Shaver Red Sex-Link laying hens are doing fine in the fairly chilly chickenhouse, eating up a storm, looking and sounding healthy and happy, and producing away. They've been in artificial light days for the last couple of months, about 16 hours made up of daylight extended by … [Read more...] about Chickens at work
It's back-to-back chicken stories, from chickens to the slaughter to chickens ready to lay! The hatchery moved up the scheduled delivery of the 20-week-old Shaver Red Sex-Links by three days, and today was it. These girls are cool, and ready to go, dropping a couple of eggs … [Read more...] about Definitely ready to lay
Raising your first chickens, killing them, and eating them has gotta rank up there with other Firsts worth a little attention. Now, I'm at least part of the way there: the killing this time was done behind closed doors, with me on the outside—chicken PROCESSING. Still, first … [Read more...] about Chickens to the slaughter