Grain Farming and Chicken Farming

DSCN6981_FotorSince I haven’t blogged for a over week, I thought I’d share some pictures of what has been happening on the farm lately!

The corn is being planted right now; this year Dad is planting the back fields to corn. The picture above is of Dad, Nathaniel, and Gabrielle loading fertilizer into the corn planter before Dad headed out to plant one evening. I love to help with the farm work, but when there is not anything for me to do, I enjoy taking photos 😉 I love the different colors in the above photo– the blue rainy sky with streaks of sun light; the white birches against the dark woods; and, best of all, the Allis Chalmers tractors ready for an evening in the fields!


In this picture, my brother is disking the back field to make it ready for planting corn. I think disking is probably the funnest of all spring farm work.


Our second flock of meat chickens arrived last Thursday. This flock has been easier to care for than the first flock was, mainly because the temperatures are warmer.


The first flock of meat chickens is already 5 weeks old! I like the chickens best when they are at this age, because they are easier to care for. (Their bedding is harder to change though.) Next week we have to call the guy who butchers chickens and set a day to take these chickens to him. It will be a busy time because the week after we butcher this flock, we have a new flock arriving. At least there are two of us to do all the work 🙂


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Reuben Cabbage Soup


After St. Patrick’s Day, Mom made a delicious Reuben cabbage soup to use up the corn beef that was left from sandwiches. It was amazing soup, and definitely one of our favorites now. I want to share the recipe with you even though it has been two months since St. Patrick’s Day! But you don’t need to wait until next year to make this soup, especially if you are of Irish heritage 😉

We have only made the soup once so the ingredient list isn’t perfect. At least it will give you a faint idea of how we made it though.


Reuben Cabbage Soup

1 small cabbage, chopped

1/2 pound corned beef, chopped

4 red potatoes, quartered

Chopped green-tail onion

Add chicken broth until you reach a soupy consistency (maybe 6 cups)

Season to taste with salt and pepper


Mix together and cook until the potatoes are tender.  Serve with crackers and swiss cheese.



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Meat Bird Chicks


This morning Gabrielle and I got our first batch of meat bird chickies! The chicks are doing good; eating, chirping, and bumping each other over in their hurry to get to and fro.       The weather is quite cold and windy, but so far we have been able to keep the coop warm and the pool temperature at ninety degrees. The pool is keeping its heat well, but the coop isn’t since it is not insulated. We’ll just have to keep a close eye on the chicks, because if they get cold, they will trample each other for space under the heat lamps.

We have been working hard the past week to get the coop ready for the chicks. Gabrielle and I have learned a lot (it feels like that, at least!) from Dad as we have watched and helped him build a front for the coop, walls inside it, as well as wiring for outlets and lights. Last night Dad and I finished the side of the coop that the chicks are now on; all that is left (for now) is to complete the dividing wall on the opposite side of the coop.


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Egg Shell Planters


This post has been a few weeks in the making, but I am finally sharing it with you  🙂 Mom saw this idea of egg shell planters on another blog, and I couldn’t wait to try it this spring!

To make the egg planters, I cut the tops off raw eggs and poured the eggs into a mixing bowl. (We made scrambled eggs that night for supper) Then I boiled the eggshells  to sanitize them, dried them off, and set them aside until I was ready to plant.

I was so excited to plant seeds! The first ones that I wanted to plant were green and white onions. When I took the carton of eggshells outside to fill them with soil, General thought the eggshells were treats for him 😉 He made sure they all got slobbered on!

I used a nail to make a drainage whole in the bottom of each shell before filling it with dirt and a few seeds. The onion seeds took only a few days to sprout, and they are growing very fast. I think I will have to transplant them into other containers, since we have about two more months until we can actually plant outside.

The eggshell planters were so fun to make, and I will definitely make more to plant zinnias in.


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March Snowstorm




“No, thank you, I prefer to have my breakfast as usual- in my house.” Moses meowed.


The snowstorm that hit the midwest moved in over our farm last night.  The snow is still coming down, and blowing too, so it is hard to tell how much snow we have actually gotten. Maybe 6-8 inches though. As usual, we have a very tall drift in front of the garage; I think we’ll wait to shovel it out until Dad gets home from work 🙂

We had plans today for getting together with a friend this afternoon to plant vegetable seeds and re-watch Iditarod videos, but because of the snow, that has been canceled 😥   Instead, we will work on schoolwork, and maybe I’ll finally get a chance to make a rhubarb pie!


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