Hootenanny Homestead

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The Chickens Have Started to Lay

It is rather relaxing to go out at the end of the day and just take in the birds.  It is fun to watch them run about, especially in the evening when they get really excited by chasing beetles about for a pre-bedtime treat.  But there is that other bit that comes with having various kinds of birds.  The eggs!

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An Update on the Birds and the Bees: Summer Maintenance

Ahh, it’s summertime and the living is easy….oh wait, no…. It’s summertime and there is an awful lot of things to be getting done.  But you know how it is, critters need tending, the bugs want to attack the garden, have to harvest stuff before it is attacked by bugs and then, of course, the lawn wants to grow and grow.  Plus, since it is hot you go out, do stuff and the energy is drained right from your being.
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Keep on Keeping On, Life’s a Garden – Dig It!

Not a whole lot to write about at this point.  We are just keeping the homestead moving along.  The ducks and chickens that are outside seem to be doing well.  It looks like some of the Barred Rocks that we got are in fact boys.  This means that we will need to have some plans change for them in the upcoming months.  For now, they are all just fun to watch.
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Just What is Going on with the Livestock

First, there were bees and bees were simple.  But then we moved into trying out other livestocks (poultry this year).  I had a plan of getting 12 ducks.  I thought that would give me plenty to deal with and then I would be able to see about growing the operation in future years.  Well, that isn’t exactly as things went.  First, we added on some chickens and a couple more ducks.  Then, the other day my wife returned home from work with some additions.
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Pondering Building a Chicken Tractor

As has been mentioned, we ended up getting some chickens.  Now at this point two of the chickens will be moving into the duck yard to be their friends.  This means that I need to come up with a home for 6 more chickens at this point.  The choices seem to be a stationary coop and a mobile tractor.  A stationary coop may be easier to lay out and set up but could lead to a bare patch.  The mobile option would mean fresh grass and no area gets torn up too much.  But the planning must begin.
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Livestock Update: Just What Do We Have Around Here

So we have technically had livestock since shortly after we moved in here.  As bees are lifeforms that are kept to produce honey, they are considered livestock and since we got them a little after we moved in, nearly a year of livestock.  But this year we have acquired some additional livestock around these parts.  I’ve written a bit about the 12 khaki campbells that moved in in January, but recently there have been a few new additions as well.

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What of the Ducks: Your Weekly Duckling Update

The little ducklings continue to grow, while they have perhaps slowed on getting bigger, it has been interesting watching their adult feathers come in.  Some of them have begun quacking, others are still peeping.  Since the last time I wrote about them we’ve had some, shall we say, adventures.  Don’t worry, everyone is still with us.
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Ducks Vs. Chickens the Poll! [Poll]

Well, I’ve been sharing my thoughts this week as I’m finishing up a book on ducks.  But it is time to share the spotlight.  Let’s go ahead and hear what the public has to say on the chickens or ducks question.  I’ve added a bit of a poll to this post so that each of you can have your voice be heard on what is the clear choice.
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