Simple Seafood Spaghetti

It should be entitled “scrumptious, simple seafood spaghetti” to keep with the alliteration theme…but let’s focus. We’ve been craving seafood recently and decided to make this version of seafood pasta in honor of January birthdays. Ingredients 4 tablespoons butter (I used unsalted) 1 jar (8 ounces) clam sauce 1 cup (ish) of white wine dash…

The Kids Arrive

After months of anticipation, Owlcatraz Farm proudly welcomed two gorgeous kids early on Monday, December 26. Nina, a four year old Nigerian Dwarf goat is the proud momma. She went into labor on Christmas evening, marked by her notable change in demeanor (she went from being standoffish to loving the cuddles and attention) as well…

Christmas Ornaments

When the weather outside is frightful, then it’s time to wrangle the (human) kids and work on Christmas crafts! Over the past several months, the kids and I have been busy collecting some of the nicest feathers from our flock for future crafts. Our collection proved useful as we created these glass ornaments for family. …

Crockpot Sausage Dip

Warning: This warm dip is highly addictive.  While you may want to eat this in one sitting, that is probably a terrible idea. I recommend sharing with at least one friend. Crockpot Sausage Dip Turn crockpot on lowest setting (if you’re impatient, turn it on warmer- but keep an eye on the contents) Place 2…

Oatmeal for the Girls

November has brought a few cooler mornings to greet the flock. Our local stores have enormous bags of quick oats that are not only delicious for the kids, but also provide a pick-me-up for the layers.  I use approximately 5-6 cups of oats at a time; placed in a casserole dish. Boil water and add…

Keeping Cool

This summer has passed with relatively few hot days. But on those days when the mercury is rising, we have used a few methods to keep the flock cool. – chilled, halved watermelons – fruits frozen in bundt pan (grapes, strawberries, cherries, blueberries) – frozen cream corn (used muffin tin) – lots of ice in…

Tricky Six vs Great Outdoors

There comes a time in every chick’s life when its time to fly the coop… After a week of being kept inside the “big house”, the tricky six were given their first taste at freedom without the security of pen walls. These six were the first chicks we obtained this season. A batch of silkies,…

Growing Up

The chicks continue to grow – fast. As evident by their voracious appetites and mobile abilities. Routinely there will be a chick on the top edge of the brooder, attempting to look innocent as we walk into the garage.   These adorable feathery friends are also dust machines. A result of their constant movement and…

The Usual Suspects…

The youngest flock of chicks are now four weeks old. Time flies when you’re watching over these gals! Actually, they fly…In just a few short weeks, some of the bigger ones have started to take some pretty brave flights in and out of the brooder. More so than the older bantam chicks (white silkies) we…

Dreaming of Summer

Here at Owlcatraz, we like to party. Now party doesn’t necessarily mean a hell-raisin’ shindig, it can just mean great company and cool drinks! Summer is creeping closer (albeit not fast enough) and that means there will be plenty of time for relaxing on the deck with a cool drink (as long as your chores…

Goat Castle

During the planning and early construction stages of Owlcatraz, a wise man decided to start building the ultimate goat castle. (Wise man being “Papa”.) Upon careful deliberation and research, he found a picture of a dog house with a rooftop terrace and this inspired the creation of the “goat castle”. The structure was primarily made…