Chicks!

She did it! 7 little chicks. This is the first new animal life on our little farmstead. Something to celebrate! Good job, Arnold!

Spring in the Desert

It’s spring! Actually, in the desert it’s been spring since January. I know. I’m sorry. But now, it’s really spring, and the flowers are all coming out. This little family of hedgehog cactus’s (cacti, I know, I just can’t bring myself to say it), lives on the corner of our property next to their towering saguaro…

Keeping Critters out of a Desert Garden

It’s really only in the desert that you need to protect your vegetables as ferociously as your livestock. When your yard looks like this, your lush, green, growing veggies are a hot commodity for every rabbit, gopher and sparrow within 5 miles. After coyotes ate three of our cats, we couldn’t spare the emotional turmoil of…

The Peeper Coop

We have now mostly completed the “Peeper Coop.” It still does need some paint and some shingles, but it’s functioning, people!     It’s very fancy, as you can tell. And it’s designed to house a chicken from hatch day to butcher day (or until it joins the other layers and pays me rent! HA!) See…

A Dissertation on Poultry Ticks

For those of you who don’t keep chickens in the hot hot south, you can completely skip over this post. Delete it from your inbox!  For the love of God, flee while you can! But for those of you who do… If you’ve noticed an unusual decrease in egg laying…or is that just the summer heat?…