A Scary Moment in Chickendom

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A scary moment in chickendom

One of our new chicks came very close to dying today. If I hadn’t been paying attention or had decided to walk away after feeding them instead of watching them, she wouldn’t be here. It’s amazing how just one moment can mean life or death, and when you’re raising livestock, you witness these moments more than you’d like to. Our…

8 Reasons Why I Love (and Hate) My Angora Rabbit

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8 Reasons why I love (and hate) my angora rabbit

With everything comes the good and the bad. With angora rabbits, it’s just plain ridiculous. While I do love our rabbit, she drives me absolutely bonkers at the same time. Let me explain… Reasons Why I Love My Angora Rabbit She’s adorable How can you look at this face and not be filled with love and amazement that such a…

As it turns out, I was always meant to be a homesteading artist

The Studio

chicken

While cleaning out the attic last week, I found a box full of artwork and stories from my childhood. It seems I’ve had a pretty extreme interest in the farm life since I was a kid. Let me explain… I thought that my interest in chickens began when we started raising chickens… turns out it started in First Grade, when…

Fox Tea Towel Knitting Pattern

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Foxy Tea Towel Knitting Pattern

I’m very excited to announce the very first ImaginAcres knitting pattern! I love it because it’s simple and quick to knit, but doesn’t look it! Ours is currently feeling very at home in our colorful bathroom where it lives with a tribe of gnomes. I’m sure they all talk about me while I’m sleeping. Anyway… since this is the first…

These chickens, they’ll be the death of me.

Patio Raptors The Barn

How to get rid of rats in the chicken coop

Well, I had a rather terrifying episode last night. Every time we let the chickens out to free range we leave their door open so they can let themselves back in at dusk, then I close and lock the door when they’re all in and settled. Last night I went out to close the door and started my usual routine…

10 Things About Raising Chickens You Won’t Read in Books

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10 things about raising chickens you won't read in books

Before we brought home our baby chicks, we researched for months. We’d read every book we could get our hands on and scoured the backyard chickens website for information. We thought we knew everything there was to know about chickens. We were wrong.   1. People will think that you’re insane You will encounter quite a bit of negativity about your…

Honey Bees Arrive at ImaginAcres (part two)

The Apiary

Honey bees arrive at ImaginAcres Part two

For the first half of this story: Honey Bees Arrive Part One She had a room full of bees. FULL OF BEES. Hundreds of thousands of them, packed into neat little boxes stacked innocently on shelves. I couldn’t help but imagine what would happen if the shelves gave out. She handed our package of bees over and as they buzzed…

Honey Bees Arrive at ImaginAcres (part one)

The Apiary

bees in package

I held 10,000 honey bees between my hands. 10,000 little lives. 10,000 little stingers. The thought of opening the box was terrifying. I had visions of swarms of bees quickly overtaking my body, stinging me relentlessly. It’s amazing how easily your imagination can take over and leave no room for reasonable thoughts. We had watched the videos on how to…

Making Maple Syrup in the City

Foraged Food Homemade Basics The Garden

Making maple syrup

I bet you thought tapping trees and making syrup was strictly a rural practice.  Well, I’m here to tell you it can be done in the city. This is the second year we’ve successfully made syrup in our backyard, smack dab in the middle of the city.  We’re lucky to have two big maple trees on our very small property. …

10 Tomato Growing Tips Even You Can Understand

How Does it Grow? The Garden

tomatoes

Do you ever look through a gardening book expecting to be taught how to do something and then put it back down more puzzled than you were in the first place? Yeah, me too. It seems that every book out there is either too broad and vague or so in depth it’s impossible to grasp. When I first started gardening,…