Chooks

5 Ways to help your chickens through a hot spell

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It’s spring here in Australia as I write this and we’ve had 4 days in a row over 33ºC (around 90ºF) and while it has mostly cooled off overnight, the days have been unexpectedly warm for early November. Fortunately I have been able to keep a close eye on the girls to make sure they […]

Farm

Waiting for Solstice

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I love winter, sitting inside watching the rain,  cool evenings when I can light the fire and curl up with my knitting and a bit of Netflix or ABC iView catching up on my favourite programs. And I love the crisp clear days when the sun shines and I can get outside and do some […]

Gardening

A new garden

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One of the challenges I have faced since moving to the farm is that I have had to start from scratch with my veggie garden. Instead of benefiting from the previous year’s soil conditioning, chook manure and green growth dug through the soil making friable black dirt, I have started with a heavy clay soil. […]

Chooks

Eggs

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A little while ago our second chook started moulting.  She looked terrible, feathers falling out all over the place, bare skin revealed on her underside, skin showing through around her wings and not an egg laid for weeks.  It must have been cold for her moulting during a very cold May, she started very late […]

Food

The Simple Things in Life

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I’ve just come through a really busy week – worked 6 days out of 7 and managed to keep most of my other responsibilities in check too – only forgot about one (night time) meeting all week.  Not bad considering I’ve been working 10 or 12 hour days and been under a substantial amount of […]

Food

Sunny Saturday

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After a long and busy week where I haven’t managed to step outside during daylight hours I ventured out into the garden this morning.  After a couple of very wet weeks our rainwater tanks are full to over flowing, the clay ground is soggy and water logged.  I have spent the week dodging rain showers […]

Chooks

Chooks

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For many years I have wanted to own chooks, but for one reason or another I wasn’t able to.  However for the last 3 or so years we have had two pairs of clucky girls.  Our current pair of chooks (Mignon and Chasseur) has been with us for almost 2 years, foraging for insects and […]