Mayer Family Farm

Howdy, My name is Joanie and I am the proud owner of Mayer Family Farm. I live a trial and era life and it is so exciting! Come on into the kitchen for a strong cup of coffee or perhaps some southern ice-tea with a slice of orange or lemon ( lemon from my Mayer lemon tree :) Oh yeah, how about a piece of home-made bread fresh out of the oven, smothered in butter and home-made jam,YUMMY! I feel like a child at christmas, I just ordered 200 chickens. The baby chicks will arrive next week....more

Not a Fairytale: The Sly Fox

Remember those fables you were told as a child about the sly fox and the dumb chicken or goose? Well they are based on fact, hard cold facts. No word better described our intelligent, resident fox. Red consistently fooled our dumb guard dog by laying his foxy scent in pointless circles. He knew that Shadow, our dog, would follow his nose mindlessly and not use his eyes. However, we soon discovered that Red was even more adept at nabbing chickens than outwitting our dog....more

Building the Chicken Run!

It seems a whole lifetime ago that we bought our little chicks for Jon's 4H project. At the time, we figured it would be no problem to get a coop built and move them outside as soon as weather and size permitted....more

Chickens in the Backyard

There was a little girl whodid not like chickens.Her daddy kept chickens in the backyard,not for long, her mommy saw to that....more

Don't Be a Chicken-To Buy Spring Chickens!

 It’s that time of year again, here in the South, where all the agriculture supply stores pull out their medal tubs and put out those cute and cuddly little chicks and ducklings! I personally have to remind myself not to buy anymore birds, as I already have too many. ...more

If you've never looked a chicken in the eye...

What a long day yesterday turned out to be! The morning  started terribly sadly when I was down at the turkey field and looked over to see the vet standing over the fallen body of Star, a lovely old horse who has been old for as long as we've lived in the neighbourhood (since 1996)....more

Day 19 - Counting Chickens...

  We bought our home in the Spring of 2011,and it wasn't until later that summer that we gotour first chickens to put into the existing chicken coop... ...more

Day 16 - Muckin' Around

From this....  To this......more

How Much Coop and Run Space Do I Need?

Quick answer: Coop:4 square feet (sq ft) of floor space per Large Fowl (LF) chicken3 square feet of floor space per Bantam chicken1 square foot of ventilation per 10 sq ft of floor spacePerch Space:12 inches of perch space per LF chicken9 inches of perch space per Bantam chickenPerch Type:...more

Move Over Kitty: Chickens Are The New Black

Looking to get a pet but don't know which one would be best for you? Well, here's a thought. How about a chicken?...more