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Happy New Year and Website!

Happy New Year everyone! It’s a cold one out there, and we had another foot of snow dumped on us yesterday. Smiley

Well at least the ducks are smiling.

Thought I’d throw it out there that I’m working on a Farm Website. Take a look see. If anyone has any questions regarding chickens/ducks/geese/turkeys, please drop me a line and I’ll add it to the F.A.Q page.

Plenty of pictures of the birds for you to enjoy over there. Check out the “Our Farm” part. There is a slideshow I’ve put together.

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Happy New Year!





Walking in a Winter Wonderland

As promised, I am going to try to stay current with my blog entries. It won’t be every day, but I’ll aim for once a week at least. Even if it is just a few pictures or a little blurb of the going-ons at Les Farms.

It was a white Christmas this year. The world DID NOT end. Smiley

We’re under storm watch again today. Another 20 CM expected this afternoon and evening. It makes for a difficult time doing chores, but winter chores are typically a pain. With the birds refusing to come out, and my food freezing – it’s just happy joy joy all around. *sarcasm*

Our pathways are pure ice.. ice and poop.. and feathers.. and who knows what else, but it’s all frozen solid. Frozen and slippery. Thankfully we purchased shoe slip treads to facilitate walking and prevent falling.

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Like so. I highly recommend these if you slip and slide on your walk to the chicken coop. These babies are fabulous! Best $5.99 I ‘ve spent this year!

The slippery slopes are no match for hungry groupies. The birds don’t mind the ice.. even when they are doing the splits and giving us side pains from all the laughter. The Pennies still run out to greet me. Or mob me. Take your pick. They are most liable to mob me before bed, when it’s their second feeding time. As you can tell, they are not underfed Smiley

They sure make it hard to make my way to the barn without tripping over a chicken – which the shoe treads do not help against.

The barn has been winterized as much as it needs to be for the winter. No heat. No insulation. Their down is enough to keep them toasty warm this winter. I have Timothy hay hanging for the geese – as the majority of their diet during the spring, summer and fall is grass. The chickens enjoy swinging from their hay bale.

Have you guys met the bunnies? We have two that are free ranging… Can’t catch them.. They have a shelter under some pallets and a tarp. We feed them and they stick around. Here’s Frankle. He’s a little off. He has poor coordination. He’ll topple over when he’s walking slow. Maybe he has poor vision, or is just old.. I don’t know. He was given to us during the fall show.

Here is Frankle’s girlfriend Wanda. Who is spade. I am not keen on breeding rabbits. I don’t like confining them, and Frankle’s disability would not be a good idea to pass on. He’s happy though, and that’s all that matters.

Merry Christmas everyone!


Happy Holidays!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything.

No worries. I am still doing well, and my birds are thriving. I have started this new thing called Fermented Feed, and I am really loving the results. The birds are too of course. It’s a treat to them every feeding.

Want to learn more? Smiley

What the heck is fermented feed and why on earth would you want to give it to chickens?

Fermentation of foods has been done for hundreds of years by many cultures. If you have ever consumed cheese, yogurt, sourdough bread, wine, beer kimchi or sauerkraut (just to name a few) you have eaten a fermented food.

The fermentation process uses naturally occurring bacteria to partially break down the food, improving its enzyme content and increasing its levels of vitamins B, C and K. It also makes food more digestible, and boosts the “usable” protein level by about 12 percent.

The other benefits to using fermented feed:

  • Feed consumption and waste will drop by 1/2 to 3/4 (this will save you money)
  • Poultry on a diet of fermented feed are generally healthier and less likely to contract disease
  • There is almost zero waste as chickens don’t scratch through it, kicking it out of the feeder
  • Stools become more solid and many people report less smell in the coop and run!
  • Egg yolks of eggs laid by hens on fermented feed will become noticeably larger, and shells will be more solid.

info from http://naturalchickenkeeping.blogspot.ca/ – Love this site!

Here is what my system looks like. Two five gallon buckets (one inside the other). The inside bucket has holes drilled up the sides and all over the bottom. It acts like a strainer/colander and only brings the amount of juices the feed needs up to saturate the ‘cooking’ feed.

It smells like sour dough bread, and can also smell a bit like wine once it’s been going for quite a while.

If you have a large flock – this is a real moneysaver. I have estimated a 100 pound savings a week by fermenting my feed.

That’s $30 a week. That’s $1560 a year in savings. Sure it takes more work, but the work is worth it. My birds are healthier, happier, my hatch rate has never been so high and my wallet is struggling less.

Thanks for reading! Happy Holidays from Les Farms.