Little Wolf Nature Preserve

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Archive for the ‘Chickens’ Category

Jul
07

Chicks 1 and 3 Weeks Old

Posted by Timm

Little Shadow and one of her chicks eating oatmeal

Little Shadow is eating oatmeal with one of her 1-week old chicks.

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Jun
17

Seven Baby Chicks

Posted by Timm

Katniss with her 7 baby chicks

Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched…  We ended up with 7 baby chicks from 9 eggs, for a 78% success rate, which is terrific!

Jun
16

First Baby Chicks

Posted by Timm

Katniss sitting on her new baby chicks

So far, our hen Katniss has hatched 4 of 8 chicks.  These 12-hour-old chicks are hiding under the new mother, but you can see one yellow and one black one at the bottom of this photo, and one yellow one in the middle left.  These are the first chickens born on our farm.

May
08

Our First Vegetable Garden

Posted by Timm

Theresa digging the garden while the chickens eat the grubs

We dug up a little patch to make our first vegetable garden at Little Wolf.  Everyone got in on the action: I dug the garden and mixed in some compost, Timm used his weight to break up the sod, the dogs helped dig some holes, and the chickens ate up the grubs.

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Apr
30

Pretty Eggs

Posted by Theresa

A dozen farm-fresh eggs

Thank you, Chickens, for giving us such pretty eggs!  We currently have 3 hens laying eggs, with each hen laying a different color egg.

Oct
17

Toly the Farm Dog

Posted by Theresa

Toly and the chickens

Toly was meant to be on a farm.  On Day 3, he was completely off leash all day, even around the chickens.  Today, while we worked on clearing a trail, he’d wandered off for a bit, then come bounding happily back to "check in."  Then off he went again.  He already comes when called and is housebroken.  This morning, Toly was FIERCE chasing our neighbor’s cows off our land!

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Oct
02

Even Our Rooster Knows I Can’t Sing!

Posted by Theresa

Anyone who knows me knows I sing poorly, but I sing often anyway. So, today, I was singing while doing chores at the barn. Our rooster, Roadrunner, hears my terrible singing and comes racing around the side of the barn ready to take on what he thought was another rooster challenging his authority. He stopped, looked at me sideways and started to crow to prove I was not the top rooster, he was. A little while later, I sang some more. Again, he comes tearing around a corner to assert his dominance as master of the flock. Four times, I sang, 4 times, he responds by crowing me down. It’s official. I can’t hold a tune well enough to not sound like a rooster crowing.

Roadrunner wonders why my singing sounds like a rooster crowing.

Sep
09

Dogs and Chickens: Harmony and Predator Protection

Posted by Theresa

I got to test my dog training skills when I trained my 2 dogs, Darby and Shadow, to not hurt my chickens.  Darby is a beagle mutt and Shadow is a blind Shepard mutt.  Shadow is a killer and has strong predator instincts.  It’s in his nature to kill all manner of little rodents, rabbits or wild turkeys.  Shadow went blind in January 2013, caused by a degenerative disease of the rods and cones in his eyes.  He went blind about 3 months before we got the chicks so I expected he would be the bigger challenge to train of the 2 dogs.

 

Introducing the dogs to the chicks as I exited the car with them in a box.

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Sep
01

Removing a Stump

Posted by Theresa

Shadow and chickens watching while I remove a stump

Labored several hours today to remove a big stump that I was tired of stepping over 3-4 times a day. Here, Shadow pretends HE dug the hole, and the chickens pretend they helped by being under my feet all day looking for tasty bugs in newly dug up dirt.

Aug
27

First Egg!

Posted by Theresa

First Egg!

Got our first egg! We suspect it was Little Shadow’s as she has been checking out the nest boxes lately. I put those plastic Easter eggs filled with sand in the nest boxes and it did the trick. Little Shadow is the top hen in the pecking order, so hopefully the others will follow her lead when they start laying and use the nest boxes too. Otherwise, I’ll have a daily egg hunt all around the farm to find the eggs.

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    Little Wolf Nature Preserve is a private preserve located in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Southern Kentucky, USA.

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