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Posts from the ‘Free Range Chicks’ Category

Today The Birds, Tomorrow The Bees

It’s spring at Rogue Farms and you know what that means… Tom is obsessed, once again, with how he’s going to woo Juniper.

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All It Took Was A Few Days Of Sunshine

There’s no going back now. Just a few days of sunshine is all it took to turn winter into spring. In addition to the first bines of the season, here’s a look at the other signs of spring at the Rogue Farms Hopyard.

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Left: A Rogue Honeybee in a maple tree. Right: Visiting a daffodil.

As the days get warmer, the Rogue Honeybees can leave the hives more often. They’re finding nectar in some of our maple trees, daffodils, early blooming wildflowers and the hazelnuts next door.

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A Free Range Chick enjoying a walk in the sunshine.

Sunny days mean better hygiene for the Free Range Chicks and Royal Palm Turkeys. The extra light makes it easier for them to remove bugs and dirt from their feathers. The sun also kills germs, in effect sterilizing the feathers and keeping the poultry healthy.

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Not a sled, but a real rosebud.

What you’re looking at here is one of the first buds on our roses. We’ve been using Oregon grown rose petals in our Mom Hefeweizen and in the custom beer we created for the Portland Rose Festival. So why not grow our own? These rose bushes were planted a year ago and we’ll get our first harvest of petals in 2013.

Hot Chicks In The Sun

rogue farms hopyard free range chicksAs anyone who lives in Western Oregon can tell you, the sun can be a rare visitor this time of year.

Our Free Range Chicks know it too. Let the clouds part for more than five minutes and the Chicks will scurry to the sunniest part of Hopyard.

But they’re not sun worshipping…

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March Of The Free Range Chicks

free range chicks rogue farms hopyard hop 'n' bed porchOur chickens are free range. But that doesn’t mean they wander aimlessly through the Hopyard.

Just the opposite. They’ve developed a foraging method that’s so precise and methodical it’s a little bit scary.

They start in the same place every day, follow the same path around the Hopyard, and wind up in the same place at night. They really know what they’re doing.

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Rainy Days & Nights at the Rogue Hopyard

The last couple of rainy weeks have put all the animals in a foul mood at the Rogue Ales Hopyard. The Free Range Chicks and Royal Palm Turkeys are hiding under the bushes and on the deck of the Hop ‘N’ Bed. It’s no surprise too see egg production falling off. But that’s typical this time of year regardless of the weather.


The Potbellied Pigs, Voo and Doo, spend most of the day hiding in the straw pile – except when it’s time for eating. They didn’t seem to mind the rain at all when we brought over some leftover pumpkins from the Pumpkin Patch Party. Doo was especially thrilled.

Scenes from the Hop Farm

Enjoy some photographs of this week’s happenings at the Rogue Farms Hop Farm in Independence, Oregon.

Rogue Farms Hopyard Hop Cones

The hop cones are soaking in the warm weather and getting bigger every day.

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Free Range Chickens

Nancy, one of our free range chickens, hatched 12 chicks this week!

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Another chicken of ours snuck into a cubby in the Farmstead Brewery and tried to roost.

Oregon Pumpkin Patch

Our Dream Pumpkins are starting to grow at a steady pace.

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Our Pumpkin Patch, nestled against our growing aroma hops.

Oregon honey bees

Our Rogue Farm Honeybees are buzzing around collecting pollen inside the growing pumpkin flowers.