Playing Favorites with the Flock

Patio Raptors The Coop

Our flock of chickens is full of weirdos... of course they'd be the ones I get attached to.

I never see it coming. I’ll be going along minding my business, when out of nowhere I’ll develop a kinship with one of the critters, and it’s always the one I would least expect. Not the sweet, loving, shy birds that most people would like. Not the cuddly ones that demand attention and follow my every footstep. No… The ones…

Seven Uses for a DIY Electric Dog Fence on Your Homestead

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Nico and the Chickens | ImaginAcres

Nico is as much a member of our family as we are, but boy does she get herself into trouble sometimes! Nico has gotten into our garden and dug up our potatoes (which would be helpful if she only knew what time of year to dig) torn down trellises with precious plants climbing them, and knocked over potted plants. I…

Chickens in the Snow

Patio Raptors The Coop

A wintery photo series from ImaginAcres

Upstate New York has been positively dumped on by snow clouds this week. The chickens have been cooped up for over a week and were starting to get mighty bored. I bought them a flock block, which helped to keep them from picking on each other. They still needed a bit of recreation and fresh air. Chickens are not very…

Needle Felting a Chicken: The Dee Dee Effigy

The Woolery

Dee Dee, a needle felted chicken effigy

When I was student teaching, preparing to become an art teacher, my lead teacher was showing me her abundance of crazy art supplies. She was haphazardly pulling out boxes and bags, excitedly peering into each one and imagining what her students could do with the contents. She climbed on top of a desk and was handing me boxes and bags…

Nuts and Bolting at the Hardware Store

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Nuts and Bolting at the Hardware Store

When you’re a homesteading artist, trips to the hardware store are an adventure. There has never been an occasion when I have gone to the hardware store and not totally and utterly confused the staff. They just can’t seem to wrap their brains around why I’m doing the things I’m doing.  Let me explain… The following stories are, unfortunately, very true. Bee story Last…

Finding Center

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Finding Center | ImaginAcres

Dear Friends, I apologize for my lack of presence lately. December was… well… insane. Too much stress. Too much candy. Too much hyperactivity in my students caused by too much candy. Too much everything. It’s a time for gluttony and full schedules. Those full schedules kept me from this place that I love… connecting with all of you. I’m not…

Dreaming of Springtime and Maple Syrup

Forage The Garden

Making maple syrup

Looking outside, into the wintery landscape, filled to the brim with snow and cold, it’s easy to slip into daydreams about springtime. These days, I oftentimes find myself scanning Pinterest for garden designs, and lost in thought over tiny chicks beginning their lives under their fluffy mommas. Most of all, I’m looking forward to that very first spring time activity, tapping…

How to Make Butter: A Visual Guide

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How to Make Butter

The very first time I made butter I searched through seemingly endless websites and blogs that all droned on about the butter making process. Why? I wondered… why doesn’t someone make an easy to read, simple guide on butter making? After all, making butter is one of the simplest things in the world, why must the instructions be so complicated?  Well,…

Always Count Your Chickens

Patio Raptors The Coop

Always count your chickens. An Important lesson learned the hard way

I always count the chickens before I shut the door for bed. Always. They’re always all there. Always. I don’t know what happened. Last night I didn’t count the chickens. I glanced into the coop and it looked like they were all there, so I shut the door and locked it. Perhaps I was feeling lazy, maybe the complete lack…