One of the closest relatives to dinosaurs that is a live today and collected by modern day homesteaders and farmers a like. The chicken is the staple of small farms. Great for pest control, entertainment and suppliers of breakfast goodies. Chickens are one of the first critters I brought to Cedar Creek Ranch. I've been selling eggs for years and fondly remember my childhood with hens around for much of my younger years. Recently, it has been a topic of conversaton with people looking to begin their adventure with these feathered beings. So, i'm going to touch on the basics of chicken husbandry from my view.
No lie, farming is stressful and so are kids. But, sometimes it is the perfect storm. Farming has always just been a part of me. Growing up in a small farming family and starting my career in agriculture at 14 with my first job on an organic dairy farm. Farming is humbling and builds a heck of a work ethic. I used to ride my bike to and from work everyday when I started working at the organic dairy. I learned a crazy amount about the practices that they used and eventually morphed that into my own life. As all things go though I eventually moved on to a larger conventional dairy farm and stayed with them until moving up to the Bowler area where my husband and I began our journey into dairy farming. To eventually shifting gears, selling the milk cows and moving on to what we currently have today. And raise a handful of kids in the middle of it all.
Hi, I am Mandy Onesti originally the author/blogger of Ponytails and Cow Trails. Which I had started to bring people closer to the life on the homestead. Running two websites, a house full of kids and a small farm, made me decide to conjoin my websites. I have a lifelong background in Agriculture and have worked on everything from rotational grazing organic farms to large scale dairy farms. I now run a small herd of beef cattle and strive for a sustainable lifestyle. Thank you for joining me.