A Close Call

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, 

Sittin’ in the Garden Eatin’ Worms

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 

Rainforest Flowers and Book Winner

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 

Poultry in Motion

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 

Our First Loss

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 

Bear With Me

Bear With Me

Yay, I’m finally back online! A couple of days after my last post, the power cord for my laptop died, and it’s taken almost a month to get a replacement. I was able to use my iPod and my son’s computer to update my Facebook 

Oddities

Oddities

Look what I discovered when I went into the coop this afternoon:     This has got to be the smallest egg I’ve ever seen, even smaller than the quail eggs we used to buy!  Its small stature is even more evident when you compare it 

Garden Prep

Garden Prep

We spent the weekend getting the garden ready for planting, finishing the fence to keep the deer out, and marking and shoveling the soil into raised beds. The fence, awaiting a gate and a cable along the top. You can see that we finally managed 

Chicken First Aid

Chicken First Aid

I had no idea when we first got our chickens how much veterinary work would be involved with caring for them. I’ve had pets my whole life, and it’s only on the very rare occasion that I’ve ever had to do any kind of doctoring. 

Are We All Just Desperate Housewives?

I read a very interesting article over at Howling Hill this morning, and had to share it with you here.  Accurate, or insulting?  I’d love to hear what you think! The Femivore’s Dilemma