Month: February 2018

Oh No!

Eek!!! I have a chicken emergency!! Poor, sweet, Miranda is suffering, and I can’t figure out why. I’ve spent the day treating all the possibilities, including cleaning out the coops, in the middle of a hailing thunderstorm. (Yes, afterwards I did reward myself with…

Speaking of Chick Poop!

If you’re going to bring home baby chicks, you need to know about “Pasty Butt”. Just like human babies, you need to keep the little chick babies’ bottoms clean. If the poop dries on the chick’s bottom, it can block things up, which a…

The Heat Source

Keeping chicks warm is one of the most important parts of raising new chicks. Baby chicks need at least part of their coop to be 95-100 degrees for the first two weeks. Then it should be reduced by 5 degrees a week, for a…

Secure Lids!

After four batches of chicks, our cats seem unphased by a new box of peepers. Still, you can see why a clamped lid is important! #urbanfarm #farmtofork #fresheggs #cooptofork #chickens #eggs #coop #farmlife #prettycoop #coopdreams #coopgoals #prettyeggs #chicks

Bedding Time

I use puppy pads for the first few days. I’ll switch to pine shavings after they get a bit bigger. But while the chicks are tiny and in our family room, the puppy pads don’t cause any dust, and are easy to change daily….

The Brooder Box

This is our newborn chick nursery for the first few days. You can see it’s just a standard storage box. For our house, it’s important to have a clamped lid, because we have two curious house cats. The lid also helps contain the heat….

Food, Water, and Chicken Poop

You can get “chick starter” electrolytes to add to the water at your feed store. Chicks don’t love it if they know there’s an alternative, so it’s best to use it right away, or some will hold out for plain water. Chick water gets…

Are You Considering Chicks?

My favorite feed store (with gorgeous heritage breeds) was sold out of everything but roosters after the long weekend – so we had fun cuddling the chicks, but haven’t gotten any yet. But soon!!! If you’re thinking of getting chicks, but nervous, this is…

Fairy Gardens

Our sweet neighbor came over to play with Elizabeth today. But Elizabee had homework. So, even though Emily is a “big kid”, she spent the afternoon with Daisy, teaching her to plant a fairy garden. 🧚‍♀️ 🧚‍♂️ I just love that girl!! ❤️❤️❤️ #urbanfarm…

Blue Silkie

Oh my goodness!! I almost forgot about this! This right here is why I wanted a silkie chicken! It was an overnight pioneer historical re-enactment at Sutter’s Fort with the all the kids. Daisy fell in love with this fluffball of a chicken! She…

The First Crocus of Spring

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” -Anais Nin Our first crocus of spring popped up this morning! 😊 #urbanfarm #farmtofork #fresheggs #chickens #eggs #cooptofork #coop #barn #farmlife…

No Spring Chicken!

The shadows are long and the sun is setting, but these smart girls know how to get to the long green grass by the barn, outside the pasture. There are times it’s good not to be a spring chicken! 😊 #urbanfarm #farmtofork #fresheggs #chickens…