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Seven Hens: Lavender, French and Pied Guineas. Americaunas - the famous layers of green and blue eggs. Barred Hollands - rarest of all American breeds. Buckeyes - the only breed developed by a woman, and sporting its own unique vocalization. It can roar like a dinosaur. If that's not a cool reason to own one, I don't know what is! Buff Orpingtons - a very friendly, pet-like chicken. It's extremely amusing to watch them drop what their doing a run to me when they see me coming. Were they not so waddly and cute it would look like a scene from Hitchcock's The Birds. Several "mystery chickens" due to an impulse purchase from a mislabeled Tractor Supply crate-o-chicks.
A recently converted city gal but long-time environmentalist, I am a founding member of the MidSouth Permaculture Collective and the MidSouth Permaculture Institute. I live with my husband in West Tennessee on a small farm we are together converting to permaculture. I offer eggs from my pasture raised heritage breed poultry to the community with an interesting twist: Following the philosophy of karma, I offer eggs to anyone regardless of their ability to pay. Those who can pay more do so because they know their money goes toward molding Cluck-n-Neigh Farm into the first permaculture learning center in the MidSouth.
by Claire Culver In our last installment I discussed some of the health pitfalls in living with poultry and how to avoid them. In talking about safety, I’ll share a real-life scenario with you to show how a series of mistakes can lead up to someone like me posting about this not-so-fun aspect of rural […]Read more »
by Claire Culver My husband and I volunteer with FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program along with Zombie Squad, a nonprofit with a similar mission (but much funnier name and attitude). Both are dedicated to personal safety and disaster preparation/response. I have even become a trainer in the CERT program. However, I got a […]Read more »
by Claire Culver If you are reading this article it’s a fair bet that you’re interested in chickens. Perhaps you’re considering adding a few feathered friends to the family. Or maybe it’s 3 o’clock in the morning and, bolstered by enthusiasm and insomnia, you’re about to go to the first hatchery you find on the […]Read more »