Friday, February 22, 2013

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #97

Happy Farmgirl Friday Friends!

This week has been a wild one.  Snowstorms, swap meet finds, remodeling progress, and the search for the "perfect" grout color for the new kitchen countertops.  So many adventures this week on the homefront.  I hope you have had a GREAT week and are ready to stroll through this hop to check in on all our farmgal and guy pals to see what they've been up to.  

Deb shares her picks for FEATURED FARMGIRL of the week HERE!  My picks this week are all chicken related as I plan to add a few more chicks to the coop this spring...decisions, decisions.

Photo from Heritage Homemaker at Eason Acres
First, Amy of Heritage Homemaker at Eason Acres linked up a wonderful resource she found online called the Henderson's Chicken Breed Chart.  It can be found HERE and on her blog post HERE.  I have bookmarked the page for reference.  What a great quick reference!  Thanks Amy.  Please stop by her blog and explore a bit, if you haven't yet.  

Photo from Heritage Homemaker at Eason Acres
Amy has many helpful tutorials and ideas like her amazing homemade incubator which she linked up too this week.  That little bit of ingenuity blew me away!  Girl Power! On behalf of chicken Mamas everywhere let me just say that it feels good to be among fellow poultry lovers. 

Then, my heart was taken aback by the cutest little fluffy tush salmon faverolle.  I must confess, I have a few and I love them.  They're such characters.  So chatty and friendly.  One of mine acts as coop sentry.  Every time I enter the coop she sounds the alarm to alert my rooster to come and get me.   

Image from the blog Fresh Eggs Daily
When I finally settled down, I finished reading the article Mites- Natural Prevention and Treatment for Your Chickens written by another dear friend in poultry, Lisa- over at the blog Fresh Eggs Daily. Lisa and the gals of FED write some of the most helpful and informative posts out there about raising poultry.  I have been following them for a while and am grateful for their expertise.  

I spent years in college to become the gal that prescribes chemicals to farmers to eradicate pests on food crops, and this training makes me loathe to use ANY commercial chemicals, organic or conventional.  I am always on the look out to try natural remedies and cultural controls that can replace commercial offerings and help my farm become harsh chemical free.  

Thanks Lisa for providing me with one such fun example.  I look forward to the days getting dry and warmer here soon.  I will test the coop spray and the garlic chicken spray then and report back my results.

Your Farmgirl Friday Hostesses are-
Deb of Deborah Jean's Dandelion House, she's also the founder of our little blog party Dolly of Hibiscus House and Dolly is Cooking and me of course!

Deb, Dolly and I are looking forward to our giveaways and celebrating with you in just a few short weeks. In the meantime. Would you all be so kind as to give some thought to the questions below and leave us a comment ( or email us ) on any of our blogs with your answers!

Here are some questions to get your farmgirl juices going!  
  • Have you made many new blog friends because of the hop? Have you and your farmstead grown? How so?  
  • Have you added backyard chickens, goats, sheep, pigs or horses to your farm
  •  Have you taken up a new hobby or craft inspired by the hop? 
  • Have you moved to your dream homestead or farm while sharing with us over the last two years on the hop? 
  • What's the most radical thing you've tried in your backyard or homestead?  
  • Have you met any of your Farmgirl/guy Friday blog friends in person?  
  • How has the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop enriched your life? Or has it?
Thank you in advance for taking the time to share with us! 

Farmgirls love anything to do with homesteading, keeping chicken's, embroidering, sewing, knitting, spinning, quilting, natural home remedies for health care and cleaning, horses, goats, cows, organic gardening and cooking, caring for their loved ones and friends and are community minded. Re-purposing and UP-cycling are high on their list of " fun things to do too! Our resident "FARM-BOYS ' ( Clint the Redeemed Gardner and Rob of Bepa's Garden ) bring wheelbarrow's full of good organic gardening tips to this hop and we are honored to have them join in the fun each week!

Now, it's your turn to link up for your weekly dose of farmgirl soul food!
 Here are the rules for the Farmgirl/guy Blog Hop! 

1.) Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals,  quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
2). Leave your entry in the  Linky tools space to your  Farmgirl Friday post.
3). Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!
4.) Enter up to three entries per hop! 

Be sure to leave a note if you're new to the hop! If you haven't clicked that follow button yet, please join us and be sure to stop by our FACEBOOK page and like us there too! 
As always, thank you for your continued participation and welcome new friends and followers!

Don't forget to grab your FEATURED FARMGIRL BUTTON if you've been featured!

Yours in Farmgirl Spirit,
Heidi, Deb, and Dolly

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