Tag Archives: winter

Like Water Off a Duck’s Back

Recently, a friend approached me about taking in her ducks and chickens. She was getting ready to move and her new digs wouldn’t allow for poultry. I mentioned that we had plenty of space for birds since our flock had … Continue reading

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Pig Nest

This past Sunday, we finally finished the last two pigs from our original Gang of 14. We really should have finished them sooner, but time hadn’t been cooperating. And when you only have two pigs left, you have to be able to finish … Continue reading

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My Bees are Freezing!

Last year, one of my hives didn’t survive the winter. The long, cold days took their toll on the inhabitants of that hive so, over the summer, I made a split from the remaining hive. Everything was going along fine, but now, … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Hatching

This was an extraordinarily broody year on applewood farm. At least nine of our hens went broody over the summer, resulting in a population explosion in the chicken coops.  We went from having around 24 chickens in early spring to … Continue reading

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Minding My Own Beeswax

Going into the winter, I had two thriving beehives.  One was a nucleus colony (or nuc… pronounced “nuke”) purchased from a local beekeeper and the other was a package from somewhere not-local. The difference between the two is that a nuc … Continue reading

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Chickensicles

It snowed about 1,000 feet today and my chickens keep getting stuck in the snow. Despite the snowblown paths and the chicken bathhouse full of not-frozen ground, they continue to be mind-bendingly stupid.  They wander off-course and they cannot seem … Continue reading

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Frostbitten Ears and The End of the Apples

Bubbles ears are frostbitten.  They look awful, but they don’t seem to be bothering her at all. There is a strip along the edges of both ears that ranges in width from 1/8″ in some spots to as much as … Continue reading

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