Chillin’

  It’s Canada Day in these parts. If you need me, I’ll be (weatherman willing) outside catching some rays.   Happy long weekend!

We Are Family

Our second batch of chicks arrived early last week, and in preparation, my husband built a cozy little nursery pen inside the coop. We set things up anticipating having to use the heat lamp, but I was still hoping that one of my broody hens would step up to the plate and make that unnecessary.Read more

Pumpkin Seeds, Chickens, and Bees (Oh My!)

It’s been busy around here with at least some garden prep and planting happening daily. In addition to the vegetable garden, I’m trying to set up a cutting garden, hoping to grow enough to provide flowers for my mom’s bed and breakfast, in addition to our eggs. The potatoes are in, the early tomatoes are tucked awayRead more

A Close Call

We feel blessed to live in a place surrounded by wildlife, and usually we’re nothing but casual observers to the daily struggle for survival. When we made the decision to start free ranging our chickens (they were going a little stir crazy spending the long, rainy winter cooped up in their roomy “compound”), we knewRead more

Sittin’ in the Garden Eatin’ Worms

Just when I was finally starting to get my blogging groove back, my darn computer kicked the bucket (and took all of my freshly uploaded photos intended for new posts with it)! We’re working on getting that info off of the hard drive, but in the meantime, I thought I’d share a photo that IRead more

Rainforest Flowers and Book Winner

Thanks to everyone who left a comment on the Hothouse Flowers review post. After using a random number generator to select a winner, the book goes to Jennywenny of Foray into Food. Jenny, if you can forward your mailing info to me at freerangeliving@gmail.com, I will pass it along to the people at TLC Book Tours,Read more

Poultry in Motion

I thought I’d share a couple of photos of the chicken tractor, which, thanks to a break in the weather, is finally finished. We made it out of scrap wood and cedar trim left over from the house construction, as well as bits of leftover fencing. If you’ve never heard the term “chicken tractor”, it’sRead more

Our First Loss

I had hoped to post an update on the garden tonight, but the day had other plans.  I went out to water the chickens this afternoon and noticed that one of our Speckled Sussex hens had something hanging out of her vent – a lot of something. I’m not exactly sure what happened, but IRead more