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Chicken Terminology. Whether you are new to raising chickens or you are a seasoned chicken keeper, there are some words that you may scratch your head and think ‘what‘. We are all constantly learning new things, so listed here (in alphabetical order) are some common chicken terms. Bantam – A miniature version (usually half […]Read more »
It is that time of year when wood ash is easily accessible. If you have access to wood ash from a fire place or wood burning stove, why not put it to work for your chickens. Dust Bathing Natural – All year round, dust bathing is a chicken’s natural way of keeping clean. Necessary – […]Read more »
Some things never change. People have been keeping chickens for years. Some things do change, such as the way people keep chickens. Let’s compare some similarities and changes, shall we… BREEDS Back in the day, many farmers had cold-hardy breeds, such as Buff Orpingtons, Wyandottes, and Rhode Island Reds. These are the breeds that were […]Read more »
Winter chicken keeping can be a little bit daunting for many people. You worry if your birds are getting enough to eat. Is their diet varied? What about frozen water? Predators are hungry and more determined for a meal. Plus, if you live in a snowy area like me, it is cold, cold, cold outside.Read more »
Old man winter will be knocking on our doors soon, so I thought this would be a good time to review some winter strategies for keeping chickens safe and healthy during cold weather. A winter check list for your chickens… Your chickens have probably finished molting by now, or should be soon. Their new feathers […]Read more »
Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love the coziness of thick sweaters and the warming effects of a good fire and a hot cup of coffee. I love to watch the birds head south and the trees light up with the brilliant colors of the season. Everything is so vibrant! It symbolizes harvest, […]Read more »
Yes, chickens can eat pumpkin. The orange beauty is packed full of nutrition, including vitamins and antioxidants. Although there is no scientific evidence to prove that pumpkin can act as a natural de-wormer, many chicken keepers believe this to be true. Pumpkins are plentiful and reasonably priced this time of year, so why not offer […]Read more »
It’s inevitable. Sometimes you need to go away and sometimes you just want to go away. When you have chickens (or other animals), a little planning is needed before you pack those bags. Certain animals can be boarded. We have done that in the past…when we had one dog. But now? We have 2 dogs, […]Read more »
Every flock needs a super star, right? Well, Betty the chicken certainly thinks so. It seems a lot of my chicken pictures include our Barred Rock named Betty. Why is that you may wonder. The answer is simple. Betty likes to be in the spotlight! When she sees that I have my phone or camera, […]Read more »
Did you know that growing your own herbs is fairly easy to do and can be an added health benefit to both you and your flock of chickens? Herbs grow well in both containers and directly in the ground. Most herbs don’t require a lot of water, so if you forget to water them a […]Read more »