Tis the season for chicken lovers everywhere to resist the urge to purchase just a few more chicks. I am telling you, once you start raising chickens for eggs, it becomes an obsession. You won’t be able to stop! They have quickly become one of my favorite animals on our hobby farm. Along with this season of chicks and chickens comes a lot of questions! So in today’s post, I’m going to try and answer the most common questions you may have.
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If you’re like me, you love having visitors and showing off all the hard work you’ve put into your little hobby farm. However, sometimes visits can go awry when visitors come unprepared, ask hard questions, or even question why you are doing things a certain way. For today’s #farmtipfriday I’ll go through some of the most important things you can do when you have visitors coming to the farm to make sure everyone who visits your farm feels safe, informed, and you all walk away from the experience happy.
During winter, I get asked frequently about when animals need to be brought inside and what kind of care they need to handle the cold weather. Obviously the answer to those questions depends on the animal, but there are a few rules of thumb you can follow to ensure your animals are comfy even on the coldest days. And as I type those to semi-professional sounding sentences, all I can think of is how I left my dogs outside one morning, in the cold, for longer than usual and the chaos that followed that choice. They both started barking and howling and I was currently dealing with two screaming children and feeling overwhelmed so I did what any saint of a mother would do: I screamed too.
When winter comes, it’s important to adjust your horses diet to account for the change in weather. How do you know if you need to change your horses diet? There are a few reasons feeding horses in winter can merit diet changes.
One of the questions I get asked most often about our farm is, “How do you take a trip or go out of town?” In this post I’ll share how we try to make things low maintenance and also how we organize our trips and someone to watch the farm when we are gone. It can be done, and it isn’t hard. So for todays Farm Tip Friday, here is how to take a vacation when you have a homestead or small farm!