It's been FOR-EV-ER since we have been able to give a farm update. And honestly, there isn't a whole lot to report (or so I originally thought). Regardless, I'm doing it anyways for the record keeping part & that maybe it'll inspire someone else to get a backyard chicken or 2 (or 9, but who's counting),… Continue reading Farm Update – February 2017
Just 2 days until we butcher the meat chickens. And what more appropriate timing that the day after Thanksgiving? Fresh chicken meat is something to be thankful for. I'll admit, I didn't think I was cut out (get it...cut out) for this when we did processed the first bunch last spring. But really, it's not… Continue reading Butchering the meat chickens- 2 days & counting
I've talked & posted pictures about our place on Facebook, but neglected it on the blog. Maybe it's not a full-blown farm, but it's a little one. And really Elston Backyard Farms got the name from being poked fun at for our efforts of homesteading in the city. One day I have BIG plans of a… Continue reading Our urban garden
As promised, here is a weekly update on the meat chickens. They are entering their 4th week of life. They are growing super fast & are U-G-L-Y....You spelled that out didn't you? 🙂 We've only lost 3 out of 50, so that's more encouraging than the last time (3 out of 30). And despite a… Continue reading Meat Chickens- Week 4
A few weeks ago I posted about building the coop for the meat chickens. They arrived & I posted about it on Facebook, but I forgot to here. So now, today the baby chicks are starting their 3rd week of their very short life that will come to a close the weekend of Thanksgiving. If… Continue reading Meat Chickens- Week 3
We spent this past Sunday afternoon building a chicken coop for the meat chickens (off-site from our house in the city). "Why?", you ask. Because all the cool kids are doing it. Just kidding! Really it's because we're getting 50 day-old Cornish-rock meat chickens to raise & butcher. And apparently that is a few too many chickens for my backyard… Continue reading Building a Chicken Coop for the Meat Chickens
"Dang it" doesn't even hit the tip of my frustration. I let the chickens out of their pen this morning, trying to let them eat more greens, bugs, etc. Trying to let them free-range. Trying to let them be in their "natural" environment. Lets just say that free-range chickens and our dogs don't mix. I… Continue reading Two birds down. Dang it.
A little bird must have told Pat that it's gender wasn't obvious, because last night I caught Pat acting like, well, a dirty bird. I thought one of the hens was being attacked, and truthfully she was. Bless her heart. Poor girl wasn't having any part of Pat's shenanigans. Pat will be leaving us… Continue reading Pat, you dirty bird!
In case you didn't know, chickens are the gateway drug to homesteading/farming/sustainability. Really. It's true. You'll be gardening, canning, & dehydrating before you know it. And let me start by saying that I didn't always have a love for chickens. I have always liked fried chicken, but the feathery thing with claws? Not so much.… Continue reading The “Girls” & “Pat”