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This post is your guide to all things chicken! Everything from why you should raise chickens, different styles of rearing, choosing breeds that are right for you, designing a coop, keeping you flock healthy and raising chicks. It’s the perfect place to start if you’re just starting out with your first flock, or are interested […]Read more »
Building a coop is probably the biggest expense you’ll invest in keeping chickens. And it’s best to do it right the first time. If you have a well designed coop it will aid in ease of cleaning, protect your flock and add charm to your property. It’s good to do a lot of research before […]Read more »
Community Coops! – A bimonthly feature highlighting the blogs of our partners
Mother Earth News and Grit. This week’s featured blogger is Anna Twitto. Anna and her husband live on a plot of land in Israel where they grow and raise a significant part of their food by maintaining a vegetable garden, keeping a flock of backyard chickens and foraging.
Community Coops! – A bimonthly feature highlighting the blogs of our partners Mother Earth News and Grit. This week’s featured blogger is Jennifer Quinn, who writes from her homestead in rural Virginia. Follow the links below as Jennifer shares the adorable antics of a the newest members of her flock.Read more »
guest post by Andrea Martin Recent outbreaks of avian influenza (including the highly pathogenic strains) in the Midwest have sounded the alarm against this dangerous disease. While the outbreak was mostly confined to commercial farms, backyard poultry keepers need to be vigilant as well. Without any treatment options available for poultry, the influenza virus won’t be welcomed in our […]Read more »
In this 16-minute TED Talk, Dr. Frank Robinson, a professor and researcher at the University of Alberta, addresses all the questions you might have about chickens but were too afraid to ask. Whether you’re a novice or an expert, check out Dr. Robinson’s talk to learn more about these curious animals.Read more »
Looking to make an easy, DIY dust bath? Click here to learn how… A lot of new chicken keepers — or even those just expanding their flocks — worry about the introduction of new chicks from the brooder to the coop. But, it’s not as scary as you think, so long as the temperatures are […]Read more »
The biggest reason we decided to keep chickens on our farm is for egg production. But even if our hens never laid another egg, I would still raise chickens just to watch their funny antics and their quirky behaviors. In this post, our community of writers explore chicken behavior. Chickens hold a complex social instinct […]Read more »
It’s that blissful time of year again! Garden centers are getting in flats of Pansies and early spring vegetables. The snow peas are planted and the asparagus is making it’s way through the cool spring soil like blades of green triumph. It’s garden season! Chickens, in addition to laying eggs and being adorable, can also […]Read more »
Providing nutritious food and clean water for your flock is one of the most important aspects of their health and development. It’s also important to know what your chickens are eating because in turn, we eat their eggs (and for some, the birds themselves). Chickens can thrive on a variety of different foods and feeding […]Read more »