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Farm Name: Humble Hen Homestead

Year Farm Established: 2011

Location: Bucksport, ME

Years I’ve been farming: 4 years

Animals I raise: 40 or so Chickens, three ducks, four turkeys, and around 20,000 bees!

Crops I grow: Potatoes, beans, pumpkins, squash, beets, carrots, peas, grapes, peaches...

Hobbies I enjoy: Hatching eggs, hunting/fishing- , making baskets, making soap, baking/cooking.

Club/Associations memberships: MOFGA

The proudest moment on my farm: The moment our Wellsummer hen Jessica hatched out the first batch of eggs ever hatched from our homestead!

Pets: Spock the parakeet, Pearl the cat, and i suppose you could call some of the chickens pets.

Farm Motto: It's amazing what dirt can do!

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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  
  Love the pictures of your chickens...We raise Welsummers and show at fair....

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05/30/2013 06:02.00 AM Report This Comment  
  Royal Palms
Hi there, fellow Mainer. We just joined this site and are excited to meet like minded people. We are currently searching for a royal palm jake/tom and/or poults/eggs. Do you have any suggestions on where me might look locally? Thanks for any words of advice. Kelli @ Willow Lane Farm Annex.

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02/15/2013 07:24.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi ya!
Loving the beautiful birds, happy farming!

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08/23/2012 10:29.52 AM Report This Comment  
  What beautiful birds you have there (I like potato chips too) lol Not just one !

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08/14/2012 07:50.25 AM Report This Comment  
Yes he is a Houdan Roo thank you, I have 11 total. I would very much like to get more hehe.

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08/07/2012 07:25.06 AM Report This Comment  
  Yeah,everybody tells me ducks are messy, they are still beautiful.
I noticed your bees. I almost started with some this year, but it just didn't work out. Maybe next year. Any suggestions for a beginner? Thanks!

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08/03/2012 06:44.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for stopping by. You have a good looking farm. Plymoth Rocks will always hold a special place in my heart, especially barred. They always look clean and they are well tempered. This is my 3rd flock. I'd like to add some ducks one day, just to have around. We really enjoy the farm and it gives us a way to put our day jobs behind us plus teaches our daughter responsibility. I was raised on a small farm, but due to work it's been several years since i could enjoy the life on a small farm. We finally made it,thank God! Good speaaking to you!

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08/01/2012 06:27.38 PM Report This Comment  
  The loss of our royal palm tom has been heart breaking. When we first got turkeys we only thought of one thing; dinner. That was before they became part of the family. The two BB Bronze turkeys are still destined for the dinner table as we are worried about them developing leg problems in the long run. We were hoping to hatch a clutch of Royal Palms next spring but with the loss of our tom that dream has been crushed.

If anyone who has owned turkeys before is reading this, would you have any idea what killed him? He started acting very sleepy all of a sudden, he still ate and drank fine, and even puffed himself out once in a while. We got them from a feed store so are unsure if they were vaccinated for Marek's, they were not medicated for Cocci because they were raised with ducks.

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08/01/2012 01:34.03 PM Report This Comment  
Thanks for the info. I think we'll go with the Plymouth Rocks next spring. Of course, we'll keep everyone posted. --Gary

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07/21/2012 05:27.07 PM Report This Comment  
Been reading your blogs. We've been thinking of getting chickens next year. Plymouth Rocks maybe. Have you had any experience with them? I see that you prefer Javas. Would they do well in N.E. Wisconsin winters?

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07/16/2012 07:06.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Thank you for the reply about the chickens. We have 1 black Austrolorp,1 white Austrolorp,1 Barred Rock, 1 Red looking hen, 2 auricana,and 1 red and green feathered and 1 black feathered bantam roosters. All the others are hens and the bantams are roosters. As you can see, not up to date on chickens yet. They were given to us for free and are still laying. Get 3 eggs a day from 6 hens,randomly. lol Just keep the two little roosters because they are cute and we like to hear them crow. When we get some more, I wwill deff use ur advice in selection. Thank you for the information. Have a great farming day.

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07/09/2012 02:30.32 AM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for the welcome!
Hi, thanks for the welcome. Love your photos!

Java chickens are friendly and they are good foragers. I've got young ones eating grasshopers that are 4 inches long without a problem. (the whole reason we got chickens after several years of gardening work destroyed by hoppers)

A lot of the old (100+yr old) literaure that I have read on them note that they take well to confinement. I've found this to be true. We have chicken tractors for the chickens, due to predators, and our Javas have been fine with being in a chicken tractor. Since it has gotten so hot, they would rather stay in the coop rather than go into the run during the day (the coop insulated and stays cooler than inside). Even with them staying inside almost all day, I have not had any problems with cannibalism like some people complain about when their chickens stay inside.

Javas were bred for dual purpose - meat and eggs - and everything that I can find on them, including in books dating to the late 1800s, note that Javas lay well for large, dual purpose birds. I've gotten info from some Java owners in Minnesota, and they have told me that even with the very cold temps and snow, their Javas have continued to lay well in the winter without needing extra light. Mine have not yet started laying so I don't have an actual tally on egg numbers.

Javas were also considered one of the best meat birds in the late 1800s.

We have Mottleds and Blacks, along with some of the non-recognized colors showing up. So we'll be breeding at least 3 colors if not more.

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07/08/2012 09:41.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for stopping by. :) We love all things heritage. Just got into the chickens. Would love to know more about heritage breed chickens. We are slowly building our farm. Would be interested in some of ur chicken knowledge. What would be a pleasent heritage breed chicken to have? All info greatly appreciated. Have a great farming day.

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07/08/2012 03:50.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Love all the different chicken pics. We have only 8 at the moment. Different assorted.

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07/06/2012 09:57.11 AM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for the warm welcome everyone!

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07/05/2012 06:13.43 AM Report This Comment  

M.E., Lake Alfred, FL.

07/03/2012 03:12.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Yep, we just started with bees. We have two hives at the moment. So far we have enjoyed them and will probably expand to more hives.

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07/03/2012 05:09.28 AM Report This Comment  
Appears that you also have a few bees.

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07/03/2012 12:36.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Let's get a conversation started!
On our small family farm, we raise many breeds of chickens, ducks, and turkeys. Chicken breeds range from showy mottled houdans, to hard working white plymouth rocks. We raise two main types of turkeys; royal palms, and broad breasted bronzes. We also have three mallard ducklings.

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07/02/2012 04:30.14 PM Report This Comment  


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