Category Archives: Chickens

The Gardens at Moss Mountain

As one would expect from P. Allen Smith’s  Moss Mountain Farm, his gardens were absolutely incredible.  Mr. Smith led the garden tour and I’m sure he was telling everyone about all the different species and wonderful tidbits about each plant. Me?  I started out in the front of the line and somehow ended up being […]

Chicken Coop with Living Roof

I had toyed with the idea of raising chickens for several years but, with no existing chicken house on the property and no idea where I would put one, I pushed the idea aside. But never the dream. The chicken house I had in mind would be a combination of garden shed and chicken coop.  I had envisioned […]

I Don't Even Know Where To Start

This spring, I had great intentions to keep updates about the garden current.  Once the weather warmed though, I have been frantically trying to clean up flower beds, get the garden planted, tend to chicks and bees, and work. I’ll start with the chicks.  I received my meat chickens (broilers) 2 weeks ago. Last year, I housed them in […]

Warm Up on the Way

I am anticipating a big melt down today followed by fever. Which translates to snow melting and spring fever. With temperatures on the rise from now until next week, the bees will surely know that spring is close. I’m sure they will be out today.  As I took them some sugar-water this morning, the temp […]

A Good Time To Look Back

My preparations for New Years Eve included a trip to the library for books, rushing home to  put on my flannel pj’s, and crawling into bed at 7:30.  As I checked my emails, I noticed that WordPress had sent me a summary of my top posts for 2014. I found it interesting that  the most […]

Chicken Coop Update

My little chicken coop has undergone some change since last year. The living roof is filling in nicely with a variety of sedums On the front and side of the coop I planted amsonia hubrechtii (Arkansas blue star), ornamental millet, old-fashioned petunias, celosia, wild bergamot (bee balm)  and sunflowers. I found an old enamel table top at […]

I Did a Dessie

My great grandmother’s name was Dessie. She traveled from Tennessee on a wagon train.  When she was very young, her mother died along the way and was buried somewhere in Oklahoma territory.  She never knew where. She met my great -grandfather in Oklahoma, married at the age of 15, and moved to Boxley Valley along the Buffalo […]

Back on Track

May has a way of slipping by me. But the garden is planted and growing quickly. The chickens will be leaving tomorrow (they are 9 weeks old already!) The bees are buzzing along.  I added another body a few weeks ago but I’ve not been able to check them due to the rainy weather. My […]

Cow tested

The last post was all about plants, so today equal time will be given for the animals around the farm. The chickens are growing very fast. They were moved to their chicken tractor last week and seem to be enjoying the change of scenery.  The day I moved them though, caused the cow council to hold […]

The Chicken Experience

Just wanted to update you on my Cornish cross meat chicken project.   They are just a little over 3 weeks old and are developing feathers on their wings and tail. When I picked up these chicks at the hardware store, I also had a weak moment and bought 3 brown speckled Sussex chicks.  The Sussex chicks […]