Did you know.....?

Did you know........?
Did you know that 5:30 am smells different than any other time of the day?
Did you know that a hen sings a song after she lays her egg?
Did you know that a rabbit can be the best indoor pet ever?
Did you know that a tomato you grew yourself really does taste better?
Did you know that tending your herb garden in the evenings reduces your stress levels?
Did you know that chickens have emotions?
Did you know that there is nothing like the feeling of a freshly laid egg, that is still warm, in your hand?
Did you know that your animals, including chickens, miss you when you are gone?
Did you know that starting a backyard chicken hobby will be one of the most rewarding and frustrating things you have ever attempted?
Did you know that it is possible to grieve the sudden loss of a chicken?
Did you know that there is great joy in the morning, when you wake to realize the sick bird you nursed through the night, survived?
Did you know that a cup of coffee tastes better when you hear a rooster crowing in the background?
Did you know that every hen has a unique personality?
Did you know that each hen has her favorite treats?
Did you know that a hen, sunbathing or dust bathing, is in absolute bliss?
Did you know that guineas really are stupid?
Did you know that your entire flock will run to you when they see you coming?
Did you know that a rabbit really does 'thump' when it is irritated or scared?
Did you know that a rabbit loves to watch tv with you?
Did you know that your animals will become the smartest and most beautiful ever?
Did you know that your animals believe the same thing about you?
Did you know that time spent sitting, watching your chickens will become your favorite?
Did you know you will eventually schedule dinner around letting the chickens 'free-range' before dark.
Did you know that on the hottest day of the year, you will want to change their waterers every few hours just to make sure they are safe?
Did you know that on the coldest day of the year, you will put on three layers of clothes so that you can double check your water heaters every few hours for the same reason?
Did you know that becoming a 'farm girl' will change every aspect of your life, but you will not regret it?

Did you know that guineas have eye lashes?

I didn't, but I do now.
It is amazing what you notice when you slow down and pay attention.

Simple Saturday Blog Hop


Welcome to Simple Saturdays Blog Hop

This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant in all they do.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!
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Summer Versus Winter

We do love summer time at Happy Days Farm, but it has been a scorcher this week! We have seen 100 degrees twice already. The humidity is high, but I must say that I think I prefer it to winter. Which do you prefer? Here are a few photos showing the difference in a North Carolina summer and winter at Happy Days Farm. 

Rabbit Treats: Parsley Herb Bricks

Parsley is especially good for your rabbits health. It is known to help improve urinary tract health, helps treat inflammation, treats fertility, and improves their blood counts. Parsley leaves and roots can also be used to treat constipation.

The recipe I am using today will focus on Parsley. However, you could replace the parsley with any rabbit safe herb that you currently have an abundance of in your garden.

Rabbit Treats~Parsley Herbal Bricks

1 cup rolled oats, finely ground
1/2 cup rabbit pellets, finely ground
2 medium-sized bunches of parsley 
1/2 of a carrot
1/2 of a banana
1/4 cup of water
(if you need more moisture, you can add more water, or more banana)

Grind your oats and pellets in a food processor.
After you grind them individually, if you have a large enough food processor, add
the parsley, carrot, banana, and water, and grind again. If not, grind ingredients separately, and then mix together in a bowl.

Top left photograph shows the consistency the mixture should make. Use wax paper, and flatten the mixture to about 1/4". Score the mixture with a knife, making small squares.

Lift wax paper, and lay it on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 35 minutes. Do not let it get too brown. Next, simply turn off oven and let it completely cool with the bricks still in there. You are attempting to completely dry them out. Any moisture means that they could grow mold eventually.  If they still feel like they are moist, remove from oven, re-heat oven to 350, and turn it off again, and set them in for the cool down.
Another option would be to place them in a dehydrator at this point, if you have one.

Once they are completely dried out and brittle, simply snap them apart.
Store them in a jar or ziploc bag, anything air tight. 

If you are making these to use up extra herbs, then store the bulk of them in the freezer. That way, you can have fresh herb treats for your buns in the winter!

Another added benefit of these bricks is the fact that they are hard and brittle. This is very good for your buns teeth! Just make sure to give them as treats. I usually give one per day, per bun!


Homemade Rabbit Friendly Treats: Oatmeal Cookies

Homemade Rabbit Treats: Oatmeal Cookies
These cookies are so incredible easy, and your bunny will love them!

1/2 Banana
1/2 Cup Quick Oats Oatmeal
1/2 Cup Shredded Carrots
1/2 Cup Chopped Parsley
1/4 Chopped Raisins

(Notice, there is NO added sugar in this recipe- there is natural sugars in the banana, carrots, and raisins. These are treats and should only be given occasionally.)


This recipe is very flexible if the cookies seem too dry, simply add a little water, or more banana. After chopping all the ingredients, mix them together. After thoroughly mixing the ingredients, roll the mixture into small balls. Place on cookie sheet, and push them flat.

Bake cookies at 350' for 30 minutes, then turn oven off, and leave cookies in the oven while it cools. You want the cookies to achieve a very crunchy dried out texture. Any moisture that is left in the cookies means that they can mold. Plus, my rabbits love things that are crunchy.

So, if you make your cookies larger than mine, it may take longer to dry them out.  It may take once or twice to perfect the recipe.

Folding a Napkin into a Rose Tutorial

Here is a neat little tutorial on how to turn an ordinary napkin into something special for your table. There is a short video where you can watch me actually do it, and then there is a photo collage for each step! Enjoy!