Visiting Itzy Bitzy Farm

April 14, 2012

Social media is a wonderful thing when it has the ability to connect people that live so close to one another that never would have met if it weren’t for the power of the internet.  One such person is Susan from Itzy Bitzy Farm.  Susan is one very talented horticulturalist who moved up North from the South only two years ago.  She is an amazing gardener who can grow and teach you about anything that grows in the dirt.  The other afternoon I had a chance to swap chicken advice for gardening inspiration and plants.  It was a wonderful day.  We started off touring her garden.  First stop was the greenhouse.  As she rolled up the door, the warm steamy smell of fresh mulch filled the air.  Love that!  Susan also shared an amazing tip.  She keeps an oscillating fan on low blowing across her seedlings.  This helps to make their stems strong and sturdy against the wind.



Tiny asparagus ferns
Next, we toured her raised beds.  She is still building and has at least 10 beds planted with seeds and plants including strawberries, onions, peas, asparagus, broccoli, turnips, garlic, beans and so much more.
New peas emerge from the warm soil.
Her talents are evident everywhere you look and the growing season up North has hardly begun.  We still are without leaves on our trees and the daffodils are just beginning to bloom.  I could sit and talk to Susan about gardening forever but it was time now for me to share with her my knowledge about chickens.  You see, Susan is just getting started in backyard chickens.

On the enclosed porch sits a lovely brooder that Susan built with her son for her newest family members;  eight little ones altogether in assorted breeds- Buff Orpingtons, Delawares, Silver Laced Wyandottes and Speckled Sussex.  Susan picked them up from a feed store 30 minutes from her home.  She also was able to purchase a coop for her girls there too, but they are still too young.  They are only one week old.  For now they must remain in their brooder.  Susan and her son created the brooder using plywood and hardware cloth.  Inside, 12 inch tall corrugated cardboard surrounds the outer walls preventing drafts from entering.  A heat lamp hangs from above.  One chick feeder contains feed, while the other is filled with water and marbles fill the water tray to prevent accidental drownings.

As soon as Susan opened the brooder door, her little ones came to cautiously say hello.  Her Buff Orpingtons are the most curious.  Soon enough, one hopped up onto her leg to examine a treat.

It is so clear to me how much Susan has already bonded with these adorable one week old babies!

Susan has done her research and it has paid off.  She has even found a wonderful feed store that makes its own feed locally.


chick feed

I am thankful for the role that social media plays in the world of chicken keeping.  In fact, I wish that lived closer to so many of you.  Oh, how I wish we could shrink this big wide world we live in.  To me, there is something to be said for meeting in person. Those are the connections that bring things full circle for me.  Of course, there is something to be said for the chick fever that sets in when I meet them in person too!  How can you resist coming face with this?

Susan is new to blogging but has so much to share.  Please take a moment to stop on by her blog and leave her a word or two of encouragement, for a new blogger they mean so much.  Also, don’t forget you have just a day or so left to enter the coop giveaway!  Click here to enter.

Photo Credits:  Tilly’s Nest


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6 thoughts on “Visiting Itzy Bitzy Farm”

  1. I enjoyed IBF's blog. I had wanted to ask her how old her chickies are as she had them outdoors – I'm assuming not overnight yet? I'm not sure if I can take my girls outside yet as it's been a bit windy, but the temps are beginning to stay in the 80s now, so I think I can take them out for a while. What do you think?

    • Her chicks are just a bit over a week. On warm days they can tolerate being outside for about a half an hour. If they begin to huddle and peep loudly, then they are just too cold. You have to be very careful as chicks can catch chill and die. If the sun is out, it's not too windy and the temps are in the 80's I think at 1 week old they should be fine for even just 15 minutes. As they get older they will be able to stay out longer. Be sure to stay with them the entire time. So happy you finally have your babies!

  2. Susan's setup looks amazing. I stopped by and left her some comment love, and I wanted to let you know I am enjoying Tilly's Nest very much, too.

    My chicks will be here next month, my first ever, and I'm always thrilled to find excellent resources and fun reads by fellow chicken lovers.

    • You are so sweet! Thank you for such kind words and thank you for paying Susan a visit. How exciting for you! I think you will find chicken keeping very addicting…in a good way 🙂

  3. Hello Melissa, WOW, I am very humbled. Thank you so much for the bragging on me and the encouragement. You are so right, the social media is wonderful and I am so happy to have met you online and off! Gorgeous photos of my girls, thank you. And thanks for the plug for my blog. I love sharing gardening with EVERYONE!

    Blessings, Susan
    Itzy Bitzy Farm


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