Today we are going to go through one of the questions we get asked a lot - chicken breed recommendations!! Everyone has a different situation and need so its important to get the right breed. There are so many chicken breeds available so let’s get into the most popular. I’m going to categorize the breeds by need.
Ok, don’t get mad at me!! Yes, I’ve seen them… the super beautiful, mini-modern-farmhouses, if you will, that are the trending norm of chicken coops. They are nice and fancy and lovely to stare at, but since being a pastured livestock farmer I’ve seen the importance and ease of having a coop that does not have a permanent run.
Everything you need to know about lambing in the winter.
Lambing in the winter is one of those things nobody wants to have happen to them! Especially here in Canada, it’s cold… really cold. But it just so happens that our ram, Bravo, hopped the fence this past August and quickly got to work. So here we were a few weeks ago (during that extreme cold front) with -30 temps and a new lamb. All in all, I guess no temperature is too cold to lamb, as long as they have access to a barn (unheated).
Winter farming is a breeze compared to summer farming. While there is still lots to do, it’s a nice break from what the growing season brings.
All of our animals are very hardy, and though they may not like the cold, they sure can tolerate it. Our elk are practically made for extreme temps, our Katahdin sheep handle it well, and our chickens keep each other warm on the roost. Us on the other hand, need to dress warm to tolerate this cold!