Pecking Order – What Does That Mean?

Keeping a rooster with a bunch of hens isn’t necessary for egg production.  A hen will lay approximately two eggs every three days.  In order for those eggs to be fertilized and potentially produce a baby chick, a rooster must be available to fertilize the eggs.

Chickens also have a social structure or in other words a “pecking order”.  The rooster will always assume the alpha role.  If a laying hen assumes the leadership role of her group she may not produce eggs during this time.

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Livestock Guardian Dogs Protect the Flock

Livestock guardian dogs protect the flock and help keep predators out of the pasture and gardens.  Currently we have 10 adult Maremma guardian dogs.  Eight males, Hector, Duke, Gus, Guinness, Genghis, Mango, Thai and Beau and two females Belle and Skye.

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New Baby Chicks Have Arrived

On August 29, 2012 our new baby chicks arrived from the hatchery.  One Hundred Twenty Araucana female chicks made the trip safe and sound.  They are settling into their new home and getting acquainted with our guardian dogs.  Thai and Genghis will protect these chicks from predators such as hawks, owls, foxes, snakes and coyotes.

The chicks arrive by US Mail.

The new baby chicks huddles together for warmth and for a feeling of security. The chicks were surprised by my presence when I took this photo.

The chicks have plenty of food, warmth and water.

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Locally Grown in the Piedmont Region of North Carolina

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Bracken Brae Farm is a small family-owned and operated farm in Mebane, North Carolina.  Linda Sakiewicz and her husband Claude Hughes have had their farm for many years.  They raise chickens for their eggs and grow herbs and vegetables without … Continue reading

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