Tag Archives: Chickens

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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Warm Days, Long Shadows

Today brought another round of record breaking temperatures to Downeast Maine. The long shadows of winter belied the springlike weather. Less than one week into winter found me lounging in … 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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Of Laundry and Chickens

Today was a most productive Saturday. We managed to outsmart the mink these past few weeks and the last of the meat chickens are now in the freezer. More babies … Continue reading

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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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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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50 and Sunny

Today was a gift. The sun shining, temperatures soared to 50 degrees. I brushed off the long unused porch chairs and parked myself for a few minutes to admire the … Continue reading

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Raid on the Banty Coop

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It was a sad weekend here. We lost two roosters over two nights to what we believe is a single predator. What makes it even harder is that we knew … Continue reading

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Too Much Attention

new hens in the house

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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A Day Without Rain…

A day without rain is a glorious day! I spent as much time outdoors as possible – weeding, trellising the tomato plants, snipping the scapes off my garlic, weed whacking, … 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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Broody Banty, Broody Buff, Broody Duck

I locked myself into the chicken coop this morning. On accident. But that’s not what this post is about. Just thought I’d share. I arrived home late last night from … Continue reading

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The Littlest Egg

The egg on the left is from an Orpington Buff. The middle egg is from bantam hen. Paul delivered the third egg to my desk yesterday, collected from the chicken … 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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Darling Delaware Hen

Inspired by some of our latest chick additions to the farm and a rainy day, here’s a Delaware hen felt bird. To download this pattern, right click here and select “Save target … Continue reading

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