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Peeps!

We once had as many as 18 egg layers at Downeast Thunder Farm. The numbers have dwindled over time and we now have just two girls in the hen house. … Continue reading

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Evening Routines

We all have our evening routines. This time of year for us, it goes something like this. I head to the greenhouse to visit my plants. I’m battling powdery mildew … Continue reading

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Rooster Battles

Chicken testosterone has been running rampant around the farm this spring. Last year’s batch of bantam chicks leaves us with two young roosters in addition to Spice, our Chief Rooster. … Continue reading

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Snow Blind Chickens

It’s always fun watching the new chickens on the block acclimate to life on the farm. This summer’s clutch of bantam chickens has had an unusually difficult time adjusting to … Continue reading

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Friday Morning Cuteness

mama chicken and baby on the maine farm

A little bit of cute to end your week. Like momma, like baby.

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Banty Adventure

The new banty babies had an adventure today. Salty’s brood is almost three-weeks-old and she’s a bit bored hanging out in the coop and run. The run door is on … Continue reading

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Salty’s Baby Chicks

A moment of cuteness to make you smile on a Wednesday morning. We are smitten with these little babies!  

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We Have Babies!

bantam hen with chicks

What’s a farm with out farm babies? Shadow, our little bantam hen who we lost this last winter, was our resident farm mama – the only hen, chicken or duck, … Continue reading

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Devastated by a Mink

This is round one of meat chicken harvesting. Yesterday we processed 19 cornish rock chickens for the freezer. Today’s agenda was to finish the remaining sixteen birds. The next round … Continue reading

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My Broody Girls

Meet Peep. She’s a one-year-old Pekin duck, born in our incubator last spring. She is broody and seems to be doing a good job at sticking to her nest. The … Continue reading

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Being Chicken

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Did you ever wonder how the term “chicken” came to mean scared? I am convinced it has to do with chickens and snow. Our chickens hate snow. When there is … Continue reading

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A Chicken Quandary

Shadow’s latest batch of baby bantam chickens have flown the coop. Shadow has given up her mama duties and the youngsters, now 11 weeks old, are on their own. The … Continue reading

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A Banty Room with a View

bantam coop makeover

I’ve been concerned about occupancy in the Banty coop given the recent population explosion. We’ll only keep the hens, but as all the babies look alike we’ll have to wait … Continue reading

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Too Much Attention

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The other weekend, we sold ten of our two-year-old hens and they moved to a happy new home. It was sad to see them go, but we did this because … Continue reading

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Banty Population Explosion

Occupancy in the Banty B&B has hit an all-time high. Over the past couple of days the Banty chicken population doubled. Shadow is proving to be an excellent chicky mama, … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Farm!

Exciting things are happening here today. Little Shadow, our Bantam hen is still on her nest. She’s my favorite chicken because she’s so sweet and even tempered – and a … Continue reading

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Disappearing Phlox

I’d noticed that my Phlox was looking a little sparse. Just the other day it was in full bloom, and today, only a couple of the plants had flowers on … Continue reading

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A Halfway House for Chickens

The new girls on the block are ready to leave the brooder and be introduced the the rest of the farm critters. Last year taught us that a gradual approach … Continue reading

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Tag Team Nesters

Shadow, our broody Banty, takes a moment to stretch her legs. While she enjoys her break, Salty temporarily takes over the broody duties. The two Banty hens seem to be taking … Continue reading

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So Ugly They’re Cute

The 50 meat chickens moved out of the garage this weekend at 3 1/2 weeks old. They grow so fast that they’ve run out of space in the brooder. These … Continue reading

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