Chickens

Eggs eggs and more eggs

The chickens are such a fun addition to S&B. Though their main job is to assist with pasture maintenance by following after the sheep with pasture rotation, they've also been the first source of income as well as true entertainment. Over the past 6 months, I've seen a lot of eggs. This was our first egg: This is a picture my first customer sent me - she was so excited to get farm fresh brown eggs, she immediately cooked it for dinner and sent me a picture: This was the most eggs my girls laid in one day: I had 5 eggs per day for several days in a row - and was overwhe...
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Black Soldier Flies (part 2)

Each morning after the alpacas, sheep, and dogs are watered, fed, and scooped – the chickens get let out to start their day of work. About a week or so after I put that newspaper blanket down, I absentmindedly realized that big mess of gnats and flies were no longer swarming around the BSF bin. I got so excited, and picked up a corner to take a peek. TA-DA!!!!!! Though very small in number, I had some BSF larvae in the bin!!!!! One of the really amazing side effects of BSF is that they emit pheromones, which are a natural fly repellant. The life cycle of larvae to maturation o...
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Black Soldier Flies

A few years ago (before the farm was even thought about), I went out to my composter only to find it was infested with grubs. I was devastated, and could not figure out what in the world had gone wrong. My first thought was my ratio was off – but it couldn’t be: the bin didn’t smell, the consistency was good, I knew that meat and dairy weren’t in there. Thinking my compost was ruined, I put the lid back on, and dejectedly walked back inside to figure out what I was going to do with my mess. My next step, of course, was to consult The Google. “Grubs in compost bin” was my search argum...
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Chicken salad

It sure brings a different meaning to "chicken salad!" Happy hens = good eggs. Our girls have really been amazing producers all through this July heat. I have a feeling it has a lot to do with our daily routines... even simple things like changing out their water twice a day has a huge impact on their laying. We run them on pasture, where there is ample opportunity for bug eating, scratching, shade, and daily "treats" of produce from the garden are the finishing touch. Our customers tell us time and time again how delicious our eggs are. And that makes US happy!
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