Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Stop Reading This Blog


Blogger Becca said...

Very awesome! I think I read your blog and one or two others. Because, honestly, people are liars. They don't want to be totally honest. They want to be polite and accepted.

Keep at it, girl.

December 9, 2014 at 7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For about 15 years I have wanted a chicken coop. Last year we built a new house on our property which opened up space to actually build a chicken coop. This means that Summer 2015 we are going to start construction on our chicken coop!!! I have also decided to add on a wing for another of my passions: cat rescue. We'll rescue barn cats from our local humane society that I volunteer at...the ones that are too feral to come inside the house and don't typically get adopted. I live on five acres on a dead-end dirt road surrounded by farms in the middle of nowhere so the cats will be pretty safe in their chicken coop/cat haven. We'll call our place Poplar Nook. It also took me 15 years to come up with that name LOL. Thanks for continuing to inspire.

December 9, 2014 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

I'm making hard cider in my basement RIGHT now because of you! Yippee!

December 10, 2014 at 7:51 AM  
Blogger greendria said...

Awesome words. Maybe worth saying that when I started reading your blog, it was vicariously and because I was wishing for a more agricultural life. But you have inspired me...7 years of reading your blog, and I have 20+ chickens (I started with 4 one year after finding your blog), harvest the chickens for meat, raised rabbits for meat but now keep just a few for manure, have a big garden, a big asparagus and raspberry patch, a circle of new farm-minded friends, 2 milk goats gifted to me when I'm ready for them, and my priorities in a better place! Honestly I thank you, Jenna

December 10, 2014 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Thank you guys! I appreciate that you appreciate this scrappy farm!

December 10, 2014 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...


December 10, 2014 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I ordered a kilt and just got it. Only I mis-measured, and look like Cheri O'Teri in SNL as a cheerleader. Plus 40 lbs.. And I'm 54.
So I have to work on my kilt look.
Love your blog. Don't stop.
I have chickens, Aussies, a husky mix, and a black mouth cur, Nubians, and a huge organic garden that I always hope gets better "next year"
Lots of work, but lots of fun.

December 10, 2014 at 11:46 AM  
Blogger English sheep gal said...

Got my husband 2 chicks and your 'Chick Days' book for his birthday in July, going with the Jenna 'just do it' motto rather than continuing to talk about it (which we had been doing for several years)! Surprised him with a little ark style coop with 2 x 9 week old chicks in the back garden. (Ark style coop ordered as a flat pack that I put together by myself - first time using power tools!)

Pearl & Sylvia helped us with a severe cutworm problem in the veg garden all summer, ate up scrap produce,(they LOVE tomatoes) and more recently have enjoyed bug hunting as I move stacked firewood from the garden closer to the house.

They have just relocated to the coop we built together over the summer, insulated, ventilated and raised 1 foot up off the ground with a run underneath where they are sheltered from the weather.

The 6 feet of snow during the recent 'Snowvember' storms here in the Buffalo, NY area were very challenging, what an introduction to their first winter and significant snowfall! How we enjoyed those eggs during the 5 days we were snowed in, with a state of emergency, driving bans, and power outages (guess what! we were prepared with plenty of food, water, spare blankets, firewood, flashlights, wind up radio - mostly a kit we have gathered during our 8 years of Bflo winters - but certainly some additional items in that kit thanks to the 'be prepared' posts on this blog).

We had to dig out the path to their coop multiple times a day. The 'girls' very sensibly stayed inside, and enjoyed their treats of oatmeal soaked in hot water, and scratching around in their deep straw bedding.

Jenna the chickens being here can be linked directly to your repeated efforts through the blog and books to get people to 'just try it'. If things don't work out chalk it up to experience, safe in the knowledge that at least you tried, you are not just wondering 'what if.....'

Keep doing what you do, who knows which thing we'll try next? beehive, sheep, pigs......

December 10, 2014 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger Shelley said...

My garden was enlarged this year and I just started playing the fiddle (not very good....yet). You are very inspiring, Jenna. We did all of this stuff on our homestead when I was a kid and I missed it. Thank you for the reminders.

December 13, 2014 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

Jenna, you're amazing. :-).

December 14, 2014 at 1:40 PM  

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