What Chickens CAN eat

What Fruit Can Chickens Eat, Aggressive Dogs, Jersey Giants, & Beak Trimming…

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Make your own Apple Cider Vinegar

Adding apple cider vinegar to our chickens water a few times a week not only makes the water more appealing to them, it also keeps the waterers cleaner and controls the bacteria both in the water and in the hens digestive system. The vinegar boosts good bacteria and is thought to also even combat coccidia, which is present in most chicken runs, no matter how fastidiously they are cleaned.

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Drier Families in Various Shapes and Sizes


An entryway into an old grain building
An entryway into an old grain building

Running a rice drier isn’t always hard work, dirt and breakdowns. Sometimes life blooms at the local drier without you even taking a part in it. Not only does fallen rice grow in the oddest locations, but more often than not animals get dumped at elevators because, I guess, the perpetrator thinks someone at the location will feel sorry for the lost animal and tend to it.

Ahhhhh, and we do.

Today I discovered a new momma and her two little pups. You guessed it, the rice drier now has new family members…

Welcome home little ones
Welcome home little ones

Patches, the last dog to get dumped, now knows “sit” and was welcomed to the house to be, play and live well. We just can’t take them all home.

This little litter here will be well taken care of but their home will be right where they are protecting each other, and the drier.


When it Rains, it Pours

When Rain Happens

I know how it appears, but no, we aren’t in trouble. Although I must say for my first blog post this seems a little extreme doesn’t it?  Y’all, what I’m trying to say is, when it rains it really can pour. And pour it did on Southwest Louisiana this last week,  which is where we live. No, no we didn’t sustain any flooding on our property because we live on the prairie ridge, and it is the highest point.

Share across the country what your local Agriculture Commissioner may be able to do for your farming needs. Ours, Mike Strain http://www.ldaf.state.la.us/ ,  was able to grant us permission to load and unload on the highways (the fields are too saturated) while we cut rice. Rice that desperately needs cutting before “what else” can set in on the crop.

Who would have thought this was possible for a local farmer?  So, thanks to Troop I,  http://www.lsp.org/troopi.html, for deterring the traffic while we unload the grain carts into the semi’s to take the to drier.