Mount Sunapee Homestead

Laying ladies, roosters or meat birds, we love our poultry! Share and share alike on this clucky blog!

Electric Fences For Pasture Chickens

Electric Fences For Pasture Chickens

Chickens and fields…a match made in electric heaven.   For those that follow our blog, you may know we’ve had some free-range chicken experiments in the past.   They’ve been epic fails.  I mean EPIC. We’ve got good reason to believe that, with a little help from Thomas Edison, this experiment might go differently. Raising chickens in the backwoods may sound idyllic, but the reality is that it’s fraught with teeth, blood and feathers.  Living close to nature, means that nature doesn’t care if you want to eat eggs for breakfast.  It wants to eat your chickens.  And, nature always wins. After a series of foxes, weasels and God know’s what else, we’ve decided to give the free range thing a try with a little help from our electric friend!   Here’s our concerns for this little experiment and how we’re addressing them: A weasel could fit through the fence.  Yes…so we’re still manually opening the coop door in the morning and closing it at night. The birds may fly over the fence.  At 48″ tall, the fence is intimidating enough that the laying ladies don’t seem remotely interested in leaving their enclosure.  Plus, they’re stocked with food and water….
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Turkeys and chickens and BEARS…oh my.

Bears are cool animals.  They’re strong, have an amazing sense of smell and it’s socially acceptable for them to get really fat and sleep it off. But,  it’s not cool when they eat all our turkey grain.  Although,  it’s preferable to them eating our turkeys.  Tonight, stand by for operation Electric Baited Fence. Hopefully the game camera will yield some cool shots….of a bear running away. 

Hungry for Homestead?

Homestead products

Hungry for Homestead Products?   For those who don’t know, here at the Homestead, we’re passionate about eating.  And we’re equally passionate about knowing what we’re eating.  In the near year since we launched our site, we’ve had dozens of happy customers (who we thank and appreciate greatly!), but thought it was time for another shout out about what we offer! So, without further ado, our homestead offerings include:   Meat (all pasture raised and available fresh!) Chicken roasters Pork Thanksgiving (or anytime) Turkeys Eggs Although we can’t free range due to predation, our hens have plenty of room and fresh air! Chocolates/Baked Goods We’ve been known to whip up some pretty tasty wedding favors! We’re hoping to offer some honey this year, but that’ll be up to the bees! For more information, or to order, contact us and/or checkout our Homestead Products Page!

Get yer chickens!

chickens cornish cross

UPDATE:  We have 2 chickens left available should anyone be interested!  Please contact us (see below).  Thanks! We have a limited number of pasture-raised meat chickens available for pre-order!  They’ll be ready fresh the first weekend of September!  They usually range between 5 to 8 pounds a bird and make a great roast (or you can always cut and freeze)!  Contact us below, via email or on Facebook!