Grind this

Lately I’ve been casting around trying to figure out how to make the Chicken operation more affordable, and better able to pay for itself. We’re still working towards getting our Egg License, and that is almost at hand. Selling them is one thing, keeping the cost down is another. Driving to Tractor Supply and buying […]

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Looking forward to winter

Old Father Winter has finally thrown his fluffy white blanket over the Erie shoreline, and with its arrival, things have slowed to a crawl. The woodshed is stocked and the barn is squared away for the time being. Nothing to do now but chores. There are things happening here, but they are moving much slower […]

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Where things stand

The past 5 months have seem tremendous change here at the farm. Time is a funny thing. Some days it seems like it’s dragging along like cold syrup and then suddenly a month has fled and I’m left wondering where it went. Winter has finally decided to leave our little corner of the world alone […]

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As winter blows in

Even though the temperatures are starting to slip down towards the freezing mark, I’ve kept at it out in the barn. Why not? I’ve got the rocket stove out there now. For now, there isn’t a lot of heat retention as the walls are basically just a bunch of reeds bound up together. Around the […]

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Stink mouthed Dragon no more

The previous story was just sitting here waiting for me to publish and the world had already moved on. Yesterday afforded me time to sit with the stove and see what I could make happen. It had been suggested to point a small fan into the feed box in order to increase the draft. If […]

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Rockety Coop ready to roll

I’ve been keeping going back in the barn lately, in amongst all the doings with getting ready for the Farm Tour. With the excuse of having people walking though the barn and not breaking their legs, I figured that I needed to fill the thermal battery as it sits in the doorway connecting the new […]

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Farm Tour 8/27 (tomorrow!)

Tomorrow (8/27) we are hosting a Farm Tour sponsored by the Ashtabula Local Food Council  here at the farm. Come by and check out just exactly what this place looks like.  It looks very different than it has for a while (if ever). The chickens sure love it. At the base of the big Red Oaks […]

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Mud floor gets a leg up

Tuesday was a big big day. There were 6 people, a dog, 2 goats and most every single chicken at some point helping out. The 4 leggers and the birds mostly just crapped on things and knocked stuff over. Like normal. My hat in hand, I must thank Stephanie and John from Red Beet Row, […]

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Chickens get a new home

I’ve been putting off writing this. It’s a bit late compared to when some of it happened. Sorry about that. Where I left off was with a new floor and the chickens living in the barn loft. Not where I wanted them to be but that is where they were. Pooping thru the floor onto […]

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Chickens don’t care

Chickens don’t care Finally finished pouring the floor in the barn yesterday and I can say it was no small task, especially for such a small structure. After my father and I broke up the preexisting slab, I took an afternoon and pulled out a bunch of the dirt from where the chickens used to […]

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