Warning: Fluffy Feathers

The big batch of chicks arrived yesterday after several days of constantly checking the USPS tracking log! All of them arrived alert and oriented and they have been drinking and eating. Upon arrival to Owlcatraz, each chick had her (hoping they’re all ladies) beak dipped in water to encourage intake.) We added just a little sugar…

Brooder Expansion

Does this sound familiar to my fellow chicken hoarders keepers, “We need a bigger brooder (or run, coop, farm, etc)”? Over the weekend, the kids and I took it upon ourselves to take over a wood bin, made of pallets in the garage. Since we won’t be storing wood in it during the spring and…

Day 4. The First Batch.

Captain’s Log…Day 4. That awesome photo you see with the two chicks? Credit of Ms. Samantha who isn’t afraid to get down on their level and go 1:1 with these peep soldiers. She caught their serious expressions rather well on camera! The “Tricky Six” are still chirping in their brooder. Our human family is amazed…

The Chicks are Coming!

You may have heard (or felt) that spring is just around the corner (thank goodness). That means chick season! We were fortunate to receive an incubator and brooder from our friend at Anthracite Pavement Markings. A pre-made brooder just perfect for newly hatched chicks! Did I mention Tyler gave us a couple waterers and a…

Prolapse Vent

Our first real chicken “emergency” occurred on Friday evening after the kids and I returned home. The hen count resulted in a missing hen and after a few minutes of searching, Dirtbike (yes, she’s a she) was found sitting on the ground in a darkened corner of the coop. I picked her up and could…

Best. Cinnamon. Buns. Ever.

That is a rather bold statement, isn’t it? Go ahead, try this recipe – it uses a bread machine – you won’t be disappointed! I have to admit this is not my original recipe. I discovered the recipe on Food.com and it has quickly turned into a go-to favorite in this home. My version is…

Blizzard 2016

Record breaking snow blanketed our little slice of heaven recently. Welcome to farm life as heavy lifting followed as we dug paths to the goats and hen house. Nubs received a little fame in the Lebanon Daily News gallery from the blizzard. (He’s number 74, happy clicking.) Fortunately he hasn’t let it go to his…

Just Kidding Around

Goats and kids go together better than peanut butter and jelly. Seriously, who can resist the playful personality of Nubs? (Our dark wether.) Nina is a bit stand offish, but still allows the (human) kids to hug her and brush her. These two are both pygmy goats, so their small size also makes them easily…

Pumpkins for All

Have a flock of hungry chickens? Go find some abandoned pumpkins after the fall decorating season / Halloween. Not only is it cheap entertainment to see them dunk their heads in a giant pumpkin, its good for them too! Have some restless kids in the house? Give them a hammer and tell them its their…

Visiting Owlcatraz

Any and all visitors are welcome to Owlcatraz, provided they are willing to work a little! While we are still in our early stages of “farm development” and there aren’t that many (yet) animals to care for, there are still plenty of chores. The kids had some friends over this weekend for a sleepover and…

The Abscess…

Insert ominous music here…we had our first medical concern at Owlcatraz recently. Nubs (dark goat) had an abscess on the side of his face that was causing some concern. There was only one and while there was initial fear of Caseous Lymphadenitis (CL) the problem seems to have been alleviated with some lancing and draining of…

Finishing Touches

The prized coop of Owlcatraz is still having some finishing touches put onto it. (Have I ever mentioned how handy my husband is?) There has been quite the adventure in ordering shingles (because they had to match the type on our house…which will inevitably have to match the type on the barn). Word to the…