The Chickens of ImaginAcres

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Taco at ImaginAcres

Yesterday I spent an hour hanging out with my chickens in the backyard. I watched them frolic through the tall grass, and chase each other around the garden. I took the opportunity to practice using my new camera to capture their little personalities and quirks. I’d like to introduce you to our flock of insanity here at ImaginAcres. These little…

And then… there were five.

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peanut

If you’re jumping into this tale late, you can catch up here: Part 1 and Part 2 Many of you have been following along on the plight and progress of Little Peanut on our Facebook page. You’ve cheered her on and sent your blessings. You’ve encouraged me to do my best to help her. I thank you all for being…

Attack of the Rats

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Attack of the rats ~ImaginAcres

Continued from: How to Fail at Introducing Chicks to a Broody Hen I’m telling you, this most recent batch of chicks seems to have been doomed from the start. Before this batch we’ve never ever had problems raising chicks. We’ve raised them in brooders and outdoors in the coop with their momma. We’ve hatched them in incubators, we’ve hatched them…

How to Fail at Introducing Chicks to a Broody Hen

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How to fail at introducing baby chicks to broody hen

Four weeks ago we brought home a brand new batch of fluffy baby chicks. There were six of them in all, five Easter Eggers and one Blue Laced Red Wyandotte. We knew from prior experience that the best way to raise chicks is to let a broody hen do all the work while we sit back and relax. Chicks raised…

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

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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.

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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…