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By Cortney Cogswell Summers in Texas can be brutal for everyone, including chickens. Last week was no exception, so we gave the kids a summertime treat. Now, normally when we are done with a watermelon, I scoop out any red flesh that’s left and use the rind to make pickled watermelon. But this time I […]Read more »
By Michelle Tullis If you have chickens, you have a battle with poop. And if you’re getting chickens, you’ll soon find out. I found that out last year when we bought our first mature laying hens … The first thing they did when we got them into the kennel to take home was to lay […]Read more »
By Cortney Cogswell Last Monday, Jim and I brought our chickens out for their first full day in their new house. Because the kids had grown so much, it was getting crowded in the brooders. That could have led to all sorts of bad things: sickness, injuries or, worst of all, a horrid smell in […]Read more »
by Taylor Miller Every week at Community Chickens, we get dozens of questions from people across the world, hoping to find someone who has shared a similar experience. We try to answer them all, and forward them on to experts where we can. But many of the questions are unique, and because of this, we […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson I’ve been in the chicken business for three years now. This is not my first experience with raising chickens, though. When I was young, my mother had a flock of 500 White Leghorns, and when my children were young, we had an assortment of fowl. My mother’s chickens went from brooder house […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell A little over a month ago, one of our Lavender Orpington hens decided she wanted to become a mother. She plucked herself a nice broody patch and set up camp in our barn. A quaint little corner between the rabbit cages and where we store the bales of hay and straw for […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson It has seemed like spring would never arrive. The winter dragged on with snow and ice and zero temperatures. March came in like a lion with blowing snow and went right on out with blowing rain; in fact, April weather was a lot like that in March. Those welcome gentle April showers […]Read more »
by Rachel Hurd Anger Poor Mabel. Suddenly, our Red Star stopped laying for nearly 2 weeks. Since she started back up, ovulation has been a little out of the ordinary. The first egg was a (beloved) double yolker. The second egg was the monster pictured. It’s nearly 3 1/4 inches long, and 6 1/2 inches […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell For some reason, liver is one of those foods that gets a bad rap. But I promise you, when cooked right, liver can be delicate and delicious. To dispel a few myths, chicken livers don’t taste like iron, they’re not strong or tough, they’re not bloody, and they’re not chewy or stringy […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Q: From Keith: “I am temporarily keeping chicks in the house until they get old enough to go outside. What should the temp be under the heat lamp?” And, from Sarah: “Is the heat lamp left on constantly? Can it be turned off for the night? This is for the first few […]Read more »