Answers To Every Question You Ever Had About Baby Chicks

Answers To Every Question You Ever Had About Baby Chicks

If you just got chicks for the first time, you probably have a million questions. Last year, I did a free YouTube series that answered the most common questions I get about raising baby chicks. Below, I’ve compiled all those videos into a single easy-to-use resource!

This page is easy to use. Just use the table of contents to scroll to the best spot, and watch the video that answers your specific question!

If you have a question that hasn’t been answered yet, please reach out to us at [email protected] and I’ll make a video especially for you!

Feeding Baby Chicks

Can My Chicks Eat…..

Giving Water To Chicks

Nutritional Supplements For Chicks

Brooders & Keeping Chicks Warm

Common Health Questions

When Can Chicks Go Outside With Adult Hens?

Are My Chicks Male Or Female?

How To Raise People-Friendly Chickens

Protecting Chickens From Predators

When Do Chicks Start Laying Eggs?

Where To Buy Baby Chicks

FAQ


Gardening Tools Every Beginner Needs

Gardening Tools Every Beginner Needs

When you first start gardening, it can be tough to resist the temptation to buy…well, everything. There are so many neat gardening gadgets and gizmos, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.

However, when you’re first starting out, you really need just a few basics, and less is often more when it comes to building your gardening arsenal. As long as you are good about cleaning and maintaining them, a few tools can really go a long way. 

Here are some of the gardening tools that every beginner needs. 

Gloves

A good pair of gloves is crucial for a beginning gardener. Not only can gloves protect your hands from thorns, splinters, and dirt, but they can also guard against rashes from plants you might (unknowingly) be allergic too. 

When you’re looking for gloves, consider those that are durable but not bulky. You’ll want a bit of flex and moveability, especially if you’re working with seeds or transplanting delicate seedlings. Fit is the most important quality because gloves that fit poorly can cause blisters or even slip off altogether – usually at the most inopportune time. 

Water-resistant gloves can be helpful so that you don’t find yourself dealing with sodden fingers all the time – but you also need gloves that will help keep your hands cool and comfortable, too. Breathability is key! 

Caring for your gloves is important, too. Stash them out of the direct sunlight to prevent fading and wash them according to the manufacturer’s instructions to keep them in tiptop shape. 

Garden Hose 

If you can’t provide water to your garden, it’s not going to get very far in its growth. That’s why a good garden hose is essential. Not only will a good garden hose be one that can reach and spray every square inch of your garden, but it will give you good control of your water pressure, too. 

Before you buy a hose, estimate or even measure the length of hose you will need. Remember that hose length affects water pressure, so while you may feel tempted to splurge on an extra-long garden hose, this may not be the best idea. If you only have a small amount of garden to reach, you’d be better off with a shorter hose so that you can apply greater pressure. 

Hoses are made out of all kinds of materials, including vinyl, rubber, and even metal. A vinyl hose is usually the least expensive option but tends to kink and wear out more quickly than a rubber hose. Whatever you do, store your hoses coiled and out of direct sunlight – leaving them kinked for a long time can cause weak spots to appear in the hose. 

Hose Nozzle or Watering Wand

A hose isn’t the only gardening tool you need in your toolbox. You also need a good nozzle or watering wand. A hose nozzle will allow you to change the diameter of your hose and to adjust the water pressure and spray radius of your hose. This is perfect for applying different levels of water to various types of plants. 

A good watering wand will let you give your plants a gentler shower instead of a torrential downpour. It usually has an extended reach, making it easier for you to reach hanging plants, the edges of borders, and out-of-the-way containers. Watering wands vary in length, from 10 to 48 inches. 

You may need to use a longer watering wand if you have a lot of high-growing plants or hanging baskets. Some have shut-off valves in their handles, too, which can be helpful if you’re trying to conserve water.

Watering Can

If you have container plants, a watering can is essential. This is also a handy tool to have if you’re starting seeds inside or for whatever reason have other plants that are difficult to water with a hose. 

When you’re shopping, you’ll be given a basic choice when it comes to watering cans – and although there will be other decisions to make, this one is the most important. Water or metal are the two basic materials that watering cans can be made out of. Although there are plenty of colors, styles, sizes, and nozzle options besides that, the material is key. 

While a plastic can will be lighter, it won’t have the longevity of a metal can. Metal cans last longer as long as they are made out of galvanized materials. Consider how big and heavy the watering can is before you buy, as a single gallon of water can be quite heavy. 

There are plenty of watering can add-ons that you might consider, too. For example, there are some with two-handled designs to give you more stability. 

Wheelbarrow

You may not need a wheelbarrow when you’re first getting started, but over time, this is a tool you are definitely going to want to have around. A wheelbarrow is vital if you have lots of soil, compost, or mulch that needs to be moved around. You can also use it for any project that requires heavy lifting, such as moving multiple bags of topsoil or fertilizer. 

Look for a wheelbarrow that has a single handle and two wheels – these are not traditional but are much easier to balance. A dual-handle, single-wheel wheelbarrow can be quite difficult to balance. 

Either way, make sure you care for your wheelbarrow by storing it in a clean, dry location. Keep your wheels inflated, too, as this will allow for easier pushing. 

Hand Trowel

Hand trowels are perfect for transplanting plants, digging in containers, or even removing deep, set-in weeds. For the best results, pick a hand trowel that has a broad blade so you can easily move soil. It should have a handle that fits easily in your hand and is made out of durable material, like stainless steel. 

Spade

A spade is a quintessential gardening tool, allowing you to make quick work of edging, moving dirt, digging holes, lifting sod, and more. Don’t be afraid to drop some money on a good spade – it’s a smart investment to make, as it can last you the rest of your gardening career. Look for the following qualities in a good gardening spade. 

First, it should have treads on the top to provide for a more comfortable foot surface. Hardwood handles will be more durable and absorb more shock while long handles offer greater leverage (just keep in mind that they are heavier, too). As with hand trowels, spades with stainless steel heads are often more durable, offering you greater longevity because they won’t rust. 

Pruning Shears and Loppers

Pruning shears are also important when it comes to caring for your garden. There are lots of options you can choose from, from secateurs or hand pruners to bypass pruners and everything in between. 

Anvil pruners are another option. These cut just like a knife cuts evenly on a board and are best for dead wood. You won’t want to use them on fresh branches or greenery. 

Bypass pruners, on the other hand, are suitable for live plants, while ratcheting pruners can be helpful for people with limited hand strength or mobility. Secateurs are best for wild, overgrown plants.  

Think about your needs when it comes to pruners – this will help you find the right gardening tools for the job. Either way, look for pruners that fit easily in your hand and aren’t clunky or awkward to use. You will want to care for your pruners by sharpening them regularly, too. 

Another type of pruning shear to consider is a lopper. Loppers are essentially just long-handled pruners that are used to trim hard-to-reach areas or to cut back denser branches. The long handles make it easier for you to reach further and they also give you the leverage necessary to cut thicker branches. 

Just know that long-handled loppers can be heavy, so it’s important that you pick those that you can manage. Ones made out of aluminum or those built with carbon-composite handles are usually quite a bit lighter. As with pruners, it’s good to keep your loppers in good shape by sharpening and cleaning them regularly. 

Garden Fork 

A basic garden fork can go a long way when it comes to inexpensive but effective gardening tools. With more digging power than a spade, a garden fork can really get into dense soil. 

Look for a garden fork with a curve in the spine, as this will do a better job at scooping out compost or soil. Garden forks with straight tines are better for digging in compacted oil while square tines offer greater strength, since they bend instead of give when they meet a rock.

Hoe

Depending on the type of garden you have, there are various types of hoes that will be best. However, a good hoe is essential. A vegetable garden necessitates a sturdier hoe, but if you have perennials, a thinner, more delicate hoe might be better. Hoes can not only prep your beds but they can also be used to chop stubborn weeds. 

As with most of these gardening tools, you will want to find a hoe that is comfortable for you to use. It should have a sharp blade – and keep in mind that you will need to keep it sharpened, too. You can purchase a home specifically known as a weeding hoe, but a flat hoe will do a good job of turning the soil, too. 

Rake

A rake is one of the most important gardening tools to have if you are working on a lawn. Rakes come in a wide assortment of sizes, styles, designs, and even colors, but a basic leaf rake is really all you need. An adjustable rake will be able to do the job of more than one tool by reaching into narrow areas, so it may offer you more bang for your buck.

In addition, look out for a rake that has steel tines. These will be stronger. However, if you have sensitive plants growing in your garden or on your lawn, a rake with plastic items may be a smarter choice as it won’t damage the delicate roots. 

Gardening Tools Make the Gardener

At the end of the day, the most important gardening tools to have as a gardener are any pieces of equipment that help make your job a little bit easier. While you can certainly get by with just some seeds, sunshine, and soil, adding these tools to your garden shed will make it easier for you to get the job done effectively – and to enjoy a bountiful harvest.

20 Fastest Growing Vegetables For A Super Quick Harvest!

20 Fastest Growing Vegetables For A Super Quick Harvest!

Are you super excited about growing your own food? Need to know exactly what the fastest growing vegetables are? You’re in luck – that’s the topic of today’s article!

Back in the day, I was pretty impatient in my garden. I only wanted to plant the fastest growing vegetables, so I could have a super quick harvest. This led to growing lots of radishes, because I didn’t know all of my options!

If you think that all vegetables take from spring to fall to mature, then you, my friend, have been lied to. Whether you’re getting a late start on your garden or you live in a region with a short growing season and want to learn more ways to optimize your brief time, don’t worry – there are plenty of ways to extend the life of your garden. To get started, we recommend choosing some of these fastest-growing vegetables for your garden.

The 20 Fastest-Growing Vegetables for a Speedy Harvest

1. Radishes

Not only one of the fastest-growing vegetables but also one of the most delicious, radishes are ready for harvest just 25 to 30 days after planting. The radish is a great plant for those of us who live in areas with short growing zones, too, as they can be planted once in the spring and once in late summer to allow them to enjoy cooler growing conditions. Too much heat can make them taste woody! Look for a quick-maturing variety such as Purple Plush, Watermelon, Black Spanish, or French Breakfast for best results. 

2. Green Onions

Onions seem to take forever to mature – up to six months in many cases. However, you can make the most of a short growing window by harvesting the green onions talks. These are ready for harvest in just three or four weeks!

3. Kale

Kale is one of the best leafy greens to grow if you are looking for one of the fastest-growing vegetables for a cold growing zone. Kale can be grown year-round in many locales, and well into the fall in zones like 3 and 4. 

Not only will you yield a plethora of healthy, bountiful greens, but you won’t have to wait long after planting, either. Most take just 50 to 65 days to mature, but you can also harvest tender immature leaves as soon as three weeks after planting!

4. Lettuce

Lettuce is a great crop to grow if you are interested in planting via succession planting. You can plant multiple rounds of lettuce each year, since most leaf varieties are ready just 30 days from planting. Cut the leaves once they’re two or three inches tall, and keep cutting until the plant bolts. 

5. Turnips 

In most cases, turnip roots can be harvested in just 60 days – but if you don’t want to wait that long, you can also harvest the leaves after waiting for just 40 days.

6. Arugula

Arugula is a tasty green with a peppery flavor. A perennial in some areas, it also matures quite rapidly. It takes less than two months to produce mature leaves, and you can continue cutting leaves whenever you want to enjoy them.

7. Peas 

Peas are cold-hardy crops and they’re also quick to germinate and mature. The seeds typically take ten days to germinate and are ready to be harvested in just 60 short days. 

8. Spinach 

Spinach is another great crop for succession planting. The leaves will be ready in as little as one month from planting, meaning you can get multiple crops in one season. Plus, spinach is exceptionally cold hardy, so you can grow it well into the late autumn months in many areas. People who live in warm growing zones may be able to plant and harvest spinach year-round!

9. Bush Beans

Not all bush beans mature quickly, but there are plenty of varieties, like Topcrop and Provider, that can be harvested in as little as 50 days. If you’re planting beans for a quick production, always select bush beans instead of pole beans – they mature much more quickly. 

10. Baby Carrots

Carrots aren’t known for being the fastest-growing vegetables, but you can optimize a short growing season by harvesting baby carrots. There’s no special trick here – just plant your carrot seeds as you normally would and harvest the tiny tubers 30 days later. 

11. Summer Squash

Not all squash is fast-growing, but there are certain varieties of summer squash that are ready in just 70 days. Summer squash, which requires warm conditions in order to produce, will always grow more quickly than winter squash. 

12. Cucumbers

Some varieties of cucumbers can be harvested just 50 to 70 days from planting – but if you’re impatient, you can always harvest the tiny fruits, too.

13. Beets

Beets are some of the fastest growing vegetables, particularly if you want to grow a fantastic cold-hardy crop. Beets don’t like a lot of heat, so it’s best to plant for an early spring crop as well as for a fall crop. You can harvest the roots in just 50 days, but the greens can be plucked in just 30.

14. Okra

Okra isn’t the easiest vegetable to grow, but it is one of the fastest-growing vegetables. It only takes about 50 days to mature. 

15. Bok Choy

Bok Choy isn’t only a fun name to say – it’s a fun plant to grow. This quick-growing vegetable is mature in just 30 days. 

16. Broccoli and Broccoli Rabe

Both broccoli and broccoli rabe can be grown in a short amount of time. Like beets and spinach, broccoli is a cold-season crop that grows well when the temperatures are a bit nippy. It takes just 60 days to produce mature heads, and you can get a continuous harvest as long as you continue to trim heads before they flower and go to seed. 

Broccoli rabe, also called rapini or rabi, looks like broccoli and grows like broccoli but is actually a closer relative to the turnip. This plant should be harvested as soon as the flower clusters appear – the stems are edible, too, and also fast maturing.

17. Chinese Cabbage

Chinese cabbage can be harvested in a mere matter of weeks. Producing firm heads, this plant grows best in partial shade, so it isn’t always suited to the hot temperatures of summer. 

18. Cress

Another unique green to grow is cress. This plant has a delicious peppery flavor and can be harvested in just a few weeks. You can sow successively for a continual harvest, but keep in mind that cress does not grow well in hot weather – it becomes too peppery.

19. Microgreens

If you haven’t heard of microgreens yet, they’re fast becoming a popular alternative to traditional salad greens. You can sprout microgreens from just about any type of plant – although arugula, spinach, celery, and chives are some of the most popular choices. They’re ready in just a few days, as you are eating the seedling and not the actual mature plant.

20. Mustard Leaves

Mustard is yet another green that grows well – and grows quickly – in cool weather. It is sensitive to heat, producing its best growth in early spring and fall. Give it some shade if you can’t grow it during these times of the year, but keep in mind that it will be ready for harvest in less than a month.

Tips for Producing the Fastest Growing Vegetables

If you think you don’t have what it takes to grow speedy veggies, you’re mistaken. Here are some quick tips to follow when you’re hoping for an equally expedient harvest.

Use Balanced Natural Fertilizers

Fertilizer can help jumpstart the growth of your vegetable garden, but you have to know what you’re doing. A synthetic fertilizer often is too imbalanced for sensitive veggies, but a balanced organic fertilizer (like compost) can give your plants the nutrients they need for a quick jumpstart. Apply fertilizer before planting, but make sure you always test your soil first to ensure you are giving your plants exactly what they need.

Plan Carefully

Time out your plantings ahead of the growing season. This will allow you to make the best use of your growing space without things feeling cramped or overcrowded. Sketch out a map of your garden and pull up a calendar to make sure no space is being wasted!

Consider a Greenhouse or Cold Frame to Extend the Season

If you live in an area with a brief growing season, you might want to consider growing some crops in a greenhouse or a cold frame. Even if you are lucky enough to live in a warm region, these facilities can drastically reduce the amount of time it takes you to grow certain vegetables. 

Seeds will germinate more quickly and plants will mature more rapidly when they are provided with plenty of sunlight and heat – which these structures can provide.

Plant in Raised Beds

It’s no secret that raised beds warm up more quickly and hold heat better than the soil on the ground. If you want to help your spring-sown seedlings mature more quickly, consider planting them in raised beds instead of directly in the ground. The same rule applies to planting in containers!

Plant in Triangles

For plants that seem forever to set fruit after they’ve flowered, you might want to plant in triangles. Not only will this make it easier for pollination to occur, but it will also provide for maximum utilization of every square inch of your garden. A faster harvest, plus efficiency? A win-win.

Choose Compatible Pairings

When you grow plants that naturally complement each other, like beans and corn, you make it easier for them to harness their natural growing abilities for a faster harvest. The theory behind this strategy is this – by choosing plants that work together to repel pests, provide nutrients, and retain moisture, your plants will have to do less “catching up” and can focus all their energy on simply growing.

Why You Should Plant Fast Growing Vegetables

There are lots of good reasons to plant fast-growing or quick-maturing varieties of plants, but only you can decide if this option is best for your gardening plan. 

However, keep in mind that fast-growing vegetables offer a great way to maximize your yields. If you are growing in a greenhouse, a fast-growing vegetable can help you get as many plants as possible in a year. If you’re growing outside, fast-growing vegetables allow you to get the most bang for your buck per square foot of growing space. 

Whatever your motivations for growing quick crops might be, we hope you will find this list of the fastest growing vegetables helpful as you plan out your garden!

Black Sex Link Chickens: Buyer & Care Guide

Black Sex Link Chickens: Buyer & Care Guide

Ever heard of black sex link chickens, but aren’t sure what they’re like? Thinking of adding them to your flock and need more info? In this article, we’ll tell you everything there is to know about this type of chicken!

Pure breed chickens have long been the way to go to add consistency in a home flock of chickens. Pure breeds have some amazing benefits: you can scratch the competition itch by entering them in shows, you are guaranteed registration with the American Poultry Association, and the genetic quirks from long generations are guaranteed to appear in their chicks, leading to generations of consistency within the particular breeds. Yet for all the perks that come from genetic purity, there are just as strong cases of bucking the trend and breeding hybrid chickens. Hybrid chickens are not breeds of chickens, but rather mixes that produce very specifically desired chicken results. One of the most popular of these types of hybrid is the Black Sex Link Chicken. 

What Are Black Sex Link Chickens?

Black sex link chickens are a hybrid mix that results by crossing a pure-bred barred hen and a pure-bred non-barred rooster. For example, crossing a Barred Plymouth Rock hen with a Rhode Island Red rooster will result in sex-linked chicks. When these parents mate, the pullets do not receive a barring gene because the barring gene is only on the male chromosome. Because of this, the sex of their chicks is immediately recognizable through its color. From birth, Black Sex Link pullets are all black, and the males are identifiable by a white spot on their heads. The link here is an invaluable resource for anyone wanting to know the ins and outs the genetics behind sex link chickens.

What Are Sex Link Hybrids? 

In a nutshell (or an eggshell, as the case may be), a sex link hybrid is NOT an official breed of chicken. They retain many of the more positive qualities of their parent chickens’ breeds but are specifically bred for the uniqueness of their coloring. 

Perhaps the most common and popular example of a sex link hybrid is also the most prominent example of the Black Sex Link. If you cross two popular American chicken breeds – a Rhode Island Red male and a Barred Plymouth Rock female – you will get sex linked chicks. The gender of the resultant chicks will be immediately recognizable upon hatching. 

Why Breed Black Sex Link Hybrids?

In the above example (the Rhode Island Red male and a Barred Plymouth Rock female), the goal is to produce females that can be immediately separated from the males. Then, once these females come of age, they will be some of the best egg-layers around. With good care, they have been known to produce 300 eggs per year. 

An added bonus of this particular pairing of chicken is the size. The Black Sex Link results of this pairing is large enough to serve as meat chickens. Once your Black Sex Link hens have exhausted their eggs, they will make a sizable addition to your dining needs. 

Breed Description FAQ

What Do Black Sex Link Chickens Look Like? 

Black Sex Link pullets are instantly recognizable when they hatch by their pure black down. You can easily recognize male chicks because they have a distinguishable white spot on their heads. At maturity, Black Sex Link hens are usually black with gold hackle and breast feathers. Roosters, on the other hand, have banding across their bodies. Both male and females have red combs and wattles.

So, how large are they? On average, the hens weigh 6-7 pounds. Cockerels weigh around 8-9 pounds. Some hatcheries advertise their black sex link chickens a little lighter: with the hens being only a touch over five pounds and the roosters being about 6 pounds. 

Are they friendly? Black Sex Link Chickens are sometimes described as skittish, curious, energetic, and friendly. Many of their owners love them, but there are some exceptions to the rule. Some Black Sex Link Chickens have been known to be noisy or aggressive to other breeds. This is especially true with the roosters. Some of this could be explained away as an alpha-bird attitude in that they occasionally enjoy being at the top of the pecking order. You might wonder if the hens are broody: we’re happy to share that black sex link hens are not known for their broodiness. 

How long do black sex link chickens live? They live as long as any normal chicken. Rhode Island Reds – one of the parent breeds – are generally known to live into their eighth year. If you’re worried about them surviving the winter, don’t fret: The two parents of the average Black Sex Link Chicken are the Rhode Island Red and the Barred Plymouth Rock. Considering that both of these breeds are very cold hardy, Black Sex Link Chickens breed true in this regard; they are very cold hardy and are ideal for colder environments.

black sex link hen in grass

Are Sex Link Chickens An Accepted Breed By The American Poultry Association?

No, they are not and never will be. One important requirement for chickens to be accepted breeds is that they have to actually be breeds. A breed is a type of chicken that, as defined in the American Poultry Association’s list of breeds, breeds true. A standard is a definition of a breed that each subsequent generations of the breed can be compared to. The APA doesn’t want to disqualify breeds, and offer a means of applying for the entry of new breeds of chicken into the registry but each applicant must have a standard. Because Black Sex Link Chickens are hybrids, they will not breed true. This means that the resultant offspring will not conform to any standard, and they might display a number of deviations from either parent.

Do Black Sex Link Chickens Breed True?

For a chicken to breed true, there must be some genetic consistency within the breed. With Black Sex Link Chickens, the father cockerels share two color genes that might match inconsistently with the single-color gene of the mother hens. The inconsistency of the result could produce variations like heavy banding, or alternative coloring. Because of the roulette matching of genes, Black Sex Link Chickens cannot breed true. As a result, most Black Sex Link Chickens are not bred past the first generation. 

How Often Do Black Sex Link Chickens Lay Eggs?

Black Sex Link Chicken hens thrive at egg production and can produce about 300 eggs in a single year with proper care and if they are in good health. They start laying at 18-20 weeks on average, but have been known to start laying at 16 weeks or as late as 26 weeks. They usually maintain optimum egg development through about their fifth year, when they begin waning in egg production. Their eggs are brown.

What Kind of Health Issues Do Black Sex Link Chickens Have? 

Black Sex Link Chickens suffer from the same health issues that most other chickens endure. As far as external threats, ticks, mites, lice, worms, and other parasites are all dangerous to them. Because Black Sex Link Chickens are so important for egg production, you’ll want to minimize their potential danger. A great way to beat the bugs is by boosting your chickens’ immune systems with apple cider vinegar and crushed garlic. 

black sex link rooster in grass

Where To Find Black Sex Link Chickens?

Black Sex Link Chickens are quite a popular hybrid for their impressive egg production and good size for dining purposes. As a result, they are fairly easy to find in a number of commercial locations around the USA. 

  • Tractor Supply 
  • McMurray Hatchery, based in Webster City, IA
  • Cackle Hatchery, based in Lebanon, MO (Read our review of Cackle here).
  • Purely Poultry, located in Fremont, WI
  • Townline Hatchery, from Zeeland MI

A common question is “Are black sex link chickens and black star chickens the same?” – and it’s because sometimes, hatcheries want to distinguish their hybrids from other, similar, chicks. But ultimately, Black Sex Link Chickens and Black Star Chickens are the same. A simple way to look at it is to think of “Black Star Chickens” as a specific designer name for the hybrid. There might be some minor differences between the one and the other, but all Black Star chicks possess black as their primary color and can be sexed from hatching.

10 Beautiful Winter Window Boxes for Your Coop

10 Beautiful Winter Window Boxes for Your Coop

Window boxes give every chicken coop a beautiful look.

You can have a lot of fun decorating your chicken coop, especially in the winter. Here are some ideas for a beautiful winter window boxes for your chicken coop!

 

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Well this right here makes cold fingers and toes all worth it! If you’ve followed along the last few days in my stories..I’ve been sharing how I go about filling my windowboxes and porch pots..well I finished them up today! ~Can you believe some of the mums in there still looked good?! Crazy!!🤷🏼‍♀️ Next up.. garland and lights! I just love how the house looks when it’s all lit up and decked out for the Holidays! ✨ . . #homefortheholidays #winterwindowboxes #christmaswindowbox #happyholidayhome #mycountryhome #cozycottagefarmhouse #howiholidayhome #fabfloralsinbloom #seasonalspaceswelove #blessedhomestyle #simplefarmhousestyle #betterhomesandgardens #countrylivingmagazine #americanfarmhousestyle #realsimple #crazy4christmasdecor #bhghome #christmasinspiration #christmasjoy #deckthehalls #farmhousechristmas #merryandbright #holidaycheer #bhgcelebrate #buffalocheckchristmas #buffalocheck #buffaloplaid

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Sneaky Peak Behind The Scenes #31

Sneaky Peak Behind The Scenes #31

Hey y’all! Here’s this week’s sneaky peek photos of life on our farm!

These images also appear on my Instagram account where I share MANY more photos and stories from the farm!

If you aren’t yet following me there, you can right here.

Enjoy the photos & be sure to share some of yours with me!

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The ducklings spent ALL day yesterday outside – and they loved it! It's amazing to think in just a few short weeks, they'll grow as large as these ducks (in photo) who are GIANTS compared to these hatchlings. . They had a blast pecking at the grass, laying in the sun, and exploring their new world. It was 75 degrees out yesterday, and in the sun, even warmer, so they had a ton of fun! . I use an old rabbit cage as a tractor. The holes are small enough that the ducklings and predators can't fit through, and light enough that it can be moved around the property. . Assuming it's warm enough, they'll go out again today! . How are your flock doing today? . . . #petducks #farmanimals #cuteanimalspage #babyducks #cuteanimalslifestyle #duckling #cuteducks #petducksofinstagram #cuteanimalsofig #cuteanimalsclub #cuteanimalshare #farmanimalrefuge #ducklove #petduck #ducks #farmanimal #cuteanimalsofinstagram #farmanimalsofinstagram #cuteduck #cuteanimalsco #ducksofinstagram #cuteducklings #cuteanimalshow #ducksunlimited #ducklings #cuteanimals #farmanimalsanctuary #cuteanimalshot #ducklife

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