Hen Happenings

Chicken Care During Molting Season

It’s that time of year again.  The days are shorter with less sunshine and warmth.  The grass and trees are heading into dormancy, the vegetable garden is becoming less productive, and the chickens are beginning to molt. Molting is a natural part of life for chickens.  The process of losing and replacing feathers is a… Continue reading Chicken Care During Molting Season

Hen Happenings · Things I've Learned

Learning From Loss and Counting our Blessings Out at Our Happy Homestead

It’s chick hatching season out at Whit’s Acres, and with it has come a month full of anticipation, expectation, stress, life and loss. Each time we hatch a new batch of chicks, I’m reminded just how fragile and precious life is. I am always amazed at the privilege and responsibility we have to help bring… Continue reading Learning From Loss and Counting our Blessings Out at Our Happy Homestead

Hen Happenings

A Homeschool Project We’ll Never Forget!

About three years ago, we had the privilege of  hatching our own chickens.  It wasn’t anything we’d ever planned on doing.  It  just sort-of happened, one day, as we were handed a carton-full of fertilized eggs from a friend at church who thought we might enjoy doing a little “homeschool project”. Wow! What a project… Continue reading A Homeschool Project We’ll Never Forget!

Hen Happenings

Dirt Bath Scare

Ever since the “predator scare”, I get a little nervous when I find a hen lying in this position: “Awww, mom”, she says.  “I’m only taking a dirt bath!” “Come on in, sis.  The dirt’s just fine!”

Gardening Journal

Self-Sufficiency and a Pretty, Beige Dress

When I think about what my life might look like, if I were the sole supplier of all of the Whitaker household food,  I get a vivid picture in my mind of pioneer life — in particular the Ingalls’ family from  Little House on the Prairie.  I picture myself in a pretty, beige work dress… Continue reading Self-Sufficiency and a Pretty, Beige Dress