How to Prepare for Mail Order Chicks (of the feathered variety)

Many thanks to Hoover’s Hatchery for sending me chicks via the US mail to facilitate this post.

How to prepare for mail order chicks

Congratulations! You finally decided to take the plunge and raise backyard chickens. You’ve ordered your chicks, perhaps even from Hoover’s Hatchery a local Iowa business, and received the shipping confirmation. Suddenly you realize that they’re really arriving! Now what? To get your chicks off to the best start, here are a few things you can do to be prepared.

How to Prepare for Mail Order Chicks (of the feathered variety)

Because let’s be real. I’m not giving advice on any other type of mail order chicks. 😀

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Rescue Ducks & Chicks {and why you shouldn’t buy live animals this Easter}

A few days ago, I got a text from my blogging BFF Kelli at The Sustainable Couple. She lives on an urban homestead about an hour away and has an awesome blog. Anyway, she texted me the following:

A neighbor came over tonight and said her teen daughter bought 6 chicks and 2 ducks without her permission. They cannot return them, so are looking for a home. They are about 3 weeks old. Not feathered out. Free! Not sure of breed or sex. Are you interested?

Rescue ducks and chicks and why you shouldn't buy live animals this spring

I’m such a big sucker, I replied immediately – Yup. You see, my very own oldest daughter has been scheming. She would love to take care of her own flock of birds and sell the eggs. We think this would be a great project for her {I have such a high demand for my own eggs that I cannot keep up} and the thought of 6 free chicks for her to take care of was very appealing. I’ve been dreaming about adding ducks ever since I got my own chicks last year, so I thought 2 cute little ducklings would be perfect. And I’m also a sucker for free. Who am I kidding?
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July Homestead Update

It’s time for a July Homestead Update! We’ve had a seriously busy July around here. Every year just gets crazier and crazier. I always think – next week, life will slow down. But it never happens! Surely, you feel the same way? July Homestead Update

July Homestead Update

In the garden…

simplifylivelove garden update julyMy garden is going absolutely nuts! I’ve harvested bucket  loads of cucumbers, zucchini, beans, and cabbage. The tomatoes are starting to turn red and my potatoes are finally dying back. My corn is looking gorgeous – I love the variation in the three different types of corn I planted and hope it yields well! I haven’t had this many cucumbers in YEARS! I’m not sure how I managed to handle the cucumber beetles this year, but whatever combination of things I tried {DE, companion planting, planting starts along with seeds} – it worked! I hope I can duplicate it next year.
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