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The First Egg

Posted in Family, and Homesteading

Our little chicks are all grown up. Their custom, fermented feed seems to have lead to happy healthy chickens. We were just waiting to finally see our first eggs. They were showing all the signs of getting ready to lay, but I wasn’t seeing any eggs. I even put out crushed egg shells for them in preparation for them laying their first eggs. They happily gobbled up the crushed egg shells. While we were waiting for them to lay their first eggs, I decided to redo the nesting box as I wanted something that was easy to access without needing…

Harsh, Beautiful Desert Life

Posted in Family, and Homesteading

Life in the desert can be beautiful, but it’s also steeped in danger. The harsh elements just dare you to get careless. Beauty and tranquility can change to danger and death in an instant. On a day-to-day basis, we enjoy the beauty of the desert. Gorgeous sunrises and breath-taking sunsets. Clear night skies filled with stars. Blooming plant life after a storm. Amazing views that stretch for miles. Interesting rock formations. Entertaining wildlife. We have so much to do from hiking to climbing to riding to exploring. While we enjoy mild temperatures for a good portion of the year, the…

Chicken Run

Posted in Family, and Homesteading

Continuing on with our theme of utilizing recycled materials for our chicken coop, I set out to make the chicken run out of as many recycled materials as possible. Of course, this means that things aren’t perfectly square or “just so”. Ultimately, the main goal is making sure the chickens are safe and happy. Like the coop, I used pallets for the gate to the chicken area and then to make a split door to the chicken run. I liked the idea of being able open up the bottom on the door separately from the top of the door. I…

Heating Pad Mama Hen

Posted in Family, and Homesteading

I’ve taken a different approach to taking care of our baby chicks as I quickly realized that I didn’t like the traditional method of care. We started the first 6 chicks in a more traditional brooding box with heat lamp, but I just didn’t like the heat lamp. It was on 24/7. The chicks never really seemed to settle down. (I know I would have a hard time sleeping well if a heat light was on me 24/7.) The following week, when we brought the next 6 chicks home, we had just finished up the coop. We decided that we…