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Farm Name: Cu'l Di'n (Sanctuary) Farm

Year Farm Established: 2011

Location: Momence, IL

Years I’ve been farming: 5 years

Animals I raise: Chickens

Crops I grow: None yet

Hobbies I enjoy: Home Schooling my son, canning, gardening, horseback riding

Club/Associations memberships: Grassroots Home Schoolers, 4-H

The proudest moment on my farm: Our first egg!

Pets: 1 chicken, 2 guinea pigs, 3 cats, 5 mice, some crayfish

Farm Motto: One Starfish at a Time

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  In an effort to improve our website for our visitors, we will be changing some of our service providers. We do not expect to experience any technical difficulties. However, if you are unable to access our website, please be assured it will be temporary as we transition to the new service. 10/19/2013 12:00.00 AM  
  Stories of our Chickens: Brigid finds her Home 2
About that time, it started getting really cold at night. My husband (who claims he hates chickens) started bringing her inside in the middle of the afternoon, before she had a chance to run away.
Like a stray cat who works his way from the porch to the laundry room to your sofa, Brigid worked her way into our house and our hearts. We started bringing her in at night and put her in a cat carrier to sleep. Her pitiful "bok-bok" request to be let out greeted us every morning when we came downstairs. She hated going outside with the roosters, or the hens, or when it was raining, or when it was cold. Eventually she went out only in our laps or in the morning while the others were still in the shed. Lacking other feathered friends, she formed an alliance with our cat.
My husband, son, and I were her flock, as far as she was concerned. The green recliner was her perch; a cat carrier in the office was her henhouse. And she was family to us as much as we were flock to her.

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11/20/2012 12:00.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Stories of our Chickens: Brigid finds her Home
You don't always know, when you meet an animal, that it is going to be the one to steal your heart. That's how it was with our little banty Rhode Island Red, Brigid. We picked her up from another 4-H family after the county fair. She hadn't done too well and was destined for the soup pot. We were just looking for some laying hens, and didn't care whether she had done well in the show. I was particularly impressed with her gentle disposition. We literally took her from the arms of the little girl who had raised her, and brought her home to live with our 4 Pearl-White Leghorns. We slipped her onto the perch in the dark of night, just as we were told to do, and hoped for the best. We were certain our new little friend would blend into the existing flock and soon become a happy little egg layer.
We couldn't have been more wrong.
In the first place, little sweet hen *NEVER* produced an egg. Not one. In spite of assurances that she was a good and productive layer, the eggs just never came. We never did find out why.
Not only did she not make eggs, Brigid also hated sex. The roosters were about 3 times her size, and they literally squashed her into the ground. My husband was out in the yard with her one day, and one of the boys came around the corner of the house. Brigid ran to my husband as fast as she could and leaped/flapped into his arms. "SAVE ME!" she seemed to be saying.
For a while, we had this huger Rhode Island Red roo named Seamus. He was huge. Normally after the roosters jump on the hens and mate them, the girls just stand up, shake out their feathers, and go back to whatever they were doing, Once Seamus jumped on poor miniature Brigid, dug his big claws into her, and did his thing. Poor Brigid was so traumatized, she crawled into a corner and sat there with her face hidden until I picked her up and cuddled her. And rather than make her stay out in the shed with the mean ol' bad ol' rooster, I brought her in the house to watch TV with me.
That set a dangerous precedent. Brigid never got along with the hens all that well, and really hated the roos, so she started running away from home at night. We spent a few anxious evenings in the yard with flashlights, searching under the porch and in the neighbors trees, trying to bring our sweet little hen home. But for all our fuss and worry, she always brought herself home in the morning. One she was gone for 2 days, and we thought for sure she was a goner. Imagine our surprise when we found her sitting on the perch in the shed in the middle of the afternoon!
About that time, it started getting really cold at night. My husband (who claims he hates chickens) started bringing her inside in the middle of the afternoon, before she had a chance to run away.
Like a stray cat who works his way from the porch to the laundry room to your sofa, Brigid worked her way into our house and our hearts. We started bringing her in at night

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11/19/2012 11:53.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Stories of our Chickens: Molly and Connor

The picture in my profile features our "Original 6," 4 boys and 2 girls acquired from our 4-H club's Embryology project. They are Pearl-white Leghorn hybrids, the kind you would find on every white-egg producing farm in America. Eventually 3 of the boys were re-homed with my wonderful friend Theresa. The one who remains is named Connor. I think that's him sitting down on the far left.
The two girls we named Maeve and Molly. In the picture, Maeve is the hen sitting down on the left and Molly is more toward the right. They were both amazing egg layers. Although they are as sleek and streamlined as fashion models, Leghorn hens lay large to Jumbo-sized eggs.
Maeve was the smaller and gentler of the two. Unfortunately, she was also rather sickly. She prolapsed twice last winter. While recovering from the prolapse, she developed a nasty cough that turned out to be an allergy. Once we found a vet who recognized and treated the problem (Who knew chickens get allergies?) Molly returned to good health and egg laying. She was still laying consistently when a coon got her last May.

Molly, now 1 1/2 years old, is the smartest, funniest, and most curious of all the chickens. Her vaforite activity of anything is eating. She loves all kinds of food--fruits, vegetables, maggots, and anything else I can imagine.

Molly is the queen of the chicken shed. She is without a doubt Connor's special favorite, and has special privileges because of her status.

Whenever Connor finds any food, he Calls Molly over to it. He stands guard while she eats her fill, keeping predators and other chickens at bay. Only when Molly and her sidekick Edna have eaten, does Connor sample the food. Molly and Connor can be found cuddled up together on the perch at night.

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08/10/2012 11:06.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Quote of the day
From my husband:
"Erin, there is more to life than poultry!"

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04/27/2012 07:46.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Today's project
We ALMOST finished the guinea hen cage, but the wind got the better of us and drove us inside.
So much for the bonfire I wanted to have tonight.

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04/22/2012 02:58.44 PM Report This Comment  
  One Starfish at a Time
Once upon a time there was a very smart man who was convinced he could solve all the big problems of the world, like poverty and war and hunger, if only he could get away and think. So he sold his house and said goodbye to his friends, and retired to a cottage on a tropical beach.
However, things did not go as planned. The smart man could not get any rest in his new island hideaway, because every morning he would be woken up at low tide by something going PLOP, PLOP! outside his window. He pulled the blanket over his head, but still he heard it--PLOP, PLOP! He mashed his face into the pillow, but still he heard it--PLOP, PLOP! Finally he could stand it no more and went outside to see what was making that awful noise.
Outside he found a young woman walking on the beach. She was surrounded by thousands of starfish, which had been washed up on the beach at high tide. As she made her way down the beach, the woman stopped and picked up starfish and threw them back into the water--PLOP!
"What on earth are you doing?" The man asked the young woman. "I am trying to solve all the earth's problems and you are keeping me form getting the rest I need to think!"
"I am solving the problems of these starfish," the woman replied. "They all washed up at high tide and now they are stuck. I am throwing them back in the water before they dry out and die."
"But look at all these!" the man said. "There are thousands of them. You alone cannot possibly save all these starfish! You can't make any difference at all."
All the time the man had been talking, the young woman had been picking up starfish and throwing the creatures, as far as she could, back into the sea--PLOP! She bent down and picked up another star fish and gave it a mighty throw. It sailed out over the water and landed in the waves with a satisfying PLOP!
"Made a difference for that one," she said.

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04/21/2012 07:26.48 AM Report This Comment  
  4-H International Fair

The kids did it again. Goin' to State!

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04/16/2012 05:33.56 AM Report This Comment  
Things I have been procrastinating:

1. Finish my Master Gardener test
2. Finish my guinea hen cage.
3. Plant the next section of garden.

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04/12/2012 06:34.22 AM Report This Comment  
  More chicken math
2 roosters + 6 layers + 1 pet

+ 3 guinea fowl

+ 9 Coochin chicks and a duckling

+ 5 Amaracona chicks

- 1 layer (Dead of natural causes)

My farm this morning

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04/07/2012 10:59.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Chickies are all healthy and I hope, happy, today. More coming tomorrow...What have I done?

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04/03/2012 02:56.48 PM Report This Comment  
  YEa! New chickies! And one duck.

In the continuing trend to gove all our girls Irish names, My first duck is named Grania, in honor of the Irish Pirate Queen.

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04/02/2012 07:38.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Ongoing chicken illness
The vet thinks it may be an allergy. Who would have thought?

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03/27/2012 06:59.29 AM Report This Comment  
  My son just turned 11 yesterday! I'm so proud of him.

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03/23/2012 05:24.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Question of the day:
Why on earth is it so hard to find a vet who treats chickens?

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03/22/2012 02:02.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Well our State Fair is the same time as our Parish Fair. Would rather our son show at the Parish Fair then bump both the two and the four leggers across the Mississippi River. But it seems like the other Parish fair are every other week.

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03/20/2012 08:27.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Meave had another prolapse today. WHy does the always seem to happen on the weekends????

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03/16/2012 04:58.57 PM Report This Comment  
  We just have the P2 (our son) then if there are any 4Hers in his club that need help they (parents) know who to call or send a note home with our son.

October is our Fair

Jan is our 4H Parish Show

Feb is our 4H District and State Show

Then P2 shows at some local shows around our neck of the woods. Got a show on the 14th of April in Amite, LA

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03/13/2012 01:11.02 PM Report This Comment  
  turns out that hen in the bathroom is a rooster!

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03/12/2012 10:59.58 AM Report This Comment  
  Such a beautiful day.... happy daylingt savnigs time!

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03/11/2012 08:14.53 AM Report This Comment  
  counting down days....
antibiotic regimen ends in 8 days....
hen now quarantined in bathroom joins flock in 9 days....
hen and guinea fowl in basement go out in 16 days.....
new chicks arrive from farm n fleet in 23 days....

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03/10/2012 09:44.36 AM Report This Comment  
  So much for the broody hen. Apparently she gave up the idea after only 2 days!

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03/09/2012 03:50.17 PM Report This Comment  
  Today one of our hens went broody. I dont know if I should let her keep the eggs because they are on wormer and antibiotic. But she seems so pleased with herself!

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03/08/2012 01:56.09 PM Report This Comment  
  A whole week with no major disasters!
Breathing a big sigh or relief.......

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03/07/2012 06:33.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Chickens are all coughing again this morning! ARGH!

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03/02/2012 06:23.01 AM Report This Comment  
  New critters!
3 guinea fowl collectively named THe Banshees, and a big fat Brahma hen( i think) we call Edna.

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03/01/2012 12:30.36 PM Report This Comment  
What a great roost!

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02/25/2012 02:52.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Prolapse hen is out with her friends today--and oh does she look happy!

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02/23/2012 01:37.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Good news!
Our sweet hen who had the prolapse is all better! She had an egg yesterday and another one today! YEA!

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02/21/2012 10:13.17 AM Report This Comment  
  not yet
I have let them all free range together and it has always ended in a major fight between two that I eventually have to step in and break up before someone gets seriously hurt. Then last Sun we had a fire in one half of the chicken house due to a light bulb in which the ballast popped and sparked and started a fire. I happened to catch it before it got out of hand totally. Praise God those girls survived and are in the basement until their house is renovated.
I feel you on having a house full of chickens!!!! What we won't do for our girls!!!! eh?

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02/10/2012 12:27.07 PM Report This Comment  
  Going to farmer school!
Today I am going to my 3rd of 12 classes for the University of Illinois Master Gardener class. Hopefully this will help me fulfill my dreams of having enough produce to sell someday.

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02/10/2012 05:50.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Some stuff I learned:
1. You can use an IV catheter to slip meds into chickens mouths.

2. A vaporizer works as well for chickens as it does for kids

3. Cat carriers are the handiest things ever invented.

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02/09/2012 10:35.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Emergency help in the middle of the night!
Hey everybody! I just wanted to share this ...

Our hen Molly had a prolapse last Saturday. After reading the forum and getting advice from friends, I was still confused and frightened. I went on JustAnswer.com and got a vet to help me right away. She was extremely nice and helpful, and best of all, the answer was quick. It cost $45 for a question submitted with the highest urgency level and the highest amount of detail in the answer. You pay by pay-pal, but you don't have to pay until you are satisfied with the anwser.

So the vet (a woman from England, judging by the time difference) talked me through replacing the prolapse and keeping the hen comfortable and stable until the vet opened Monday morning. For a relatively small cost, she guided me through an absolutely terrifying weekend. Even better, I feel safer knowing there is somebody who can help me.

Just so you know, I'm not advertising for these guys or anything. I just wanted people, especially newbies like me, to know that this is available. They completely saved me this weekend.

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02/09/2012 10:29.18 AM Report This Comment  
I tried to introduce my chickens at night and the next day they were having big fights. I was afraid that they would do some serious damage to each other, so I separated them. not good and I am not happy about their fighting as they did

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02/03/2012 12:54.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Good news!
My little sick hen made it! But she is so tiny, and I think she might be losing more weight. Poor baby!

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01/31/2012 12:12.36 AM Report This Comment  
welcome to hobby farms

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01/29/2012 08:24.42 AM Report This Comment  
great picture! Bet you have a lot of crowin'!!!

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01/28/2012 06:32.44 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello, I am in the process of looking around to see what type of chicken would be best for eggs...not eating. Since you raise chickens, any recommendations?


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01/27/2012 10:09.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Can you get your hands on some Poultry Rx for your sick hen?

I've seen that stuff pull through some hopless chickens in our son's flock.

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01/26/2012 09:49.06 AM Report This Comment  
How do you incorporate new chickens in with original group? I have read different ways but want the easiest and least fighting. Any advice?

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01/26/2012 09:42.26 AM Report This Comment  


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