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As winter draws to a close, some folks are busy drooling over mail order chick catalogs trying to determine which breeds they would like to get this year. Some are just starting out and others are trying to narrow down their must-have breeds. Chicken math is in full swing and if you are like me, […]Read more »
Using the deep litter method in the chicken coop is natural, economical, and healthy. It is a common practice used today by many chicken keepers, usually during the cold Winter months. However, it actually got its start during World War II as a means of saving labor and litter. And, it generally occurred over six […]Read more »
The wind has been blustery cold these last few days and nights. The kind of cold that you want to look at from your cozy living room. Maybe you have a hot cup of coffee and a blazing fire going. That is the way to enjoy the beauty that winter can bring. However, we are […]Read more »
guest post by Justin Rhodes Some folks think raising chickens is too difficult or too much of a learning curve. But once you are comfortable with some of the terminology and the basics of chicken care, you’ll see how easy it is to get started. Thinking of starting with chickens and/or convincing someone else? Check […]Read more »
Betty the chicken…full of spunk…she’s a flier! She’s one of the new girls in our colorful flock of chickens; a barred rock beauty full of spunk. She frequently flies the coop (well she actually flies the chicken yard)… …is she trying to impress the others […]Read more »
Winter is here. The days are getting shorter and as a result, the chickens need to be secured in their coop earlier and earlier to be safe from nocturnal predators. Chickens are all but blind at night so their ability to escape danger once the sun goes down is pretty much non-existent. One of the […]Read more »
When adding pullets (or grown hens) to an existing flock, care must be given. Have you heard the term pecking order? The term, even used with humans, derives from hens. Chickens physically peck at other chickens, showing dominance and ranking order. Even a mild-tempered chicken can peck at a new one coming into her territory. […]Read more »
This past weekend, I was at a local craft show/charity bazaar. There were awesome displays of craftsmanship, wood working, homemade soaps and lotions, painted gourds, baked goods and more. One booth really caught my eye and got me thinking about all the ways that chicken keepers are crafty. They have ingenious ways of turning ordinary […]Read more »
The garden has died off, trees have dropped their brilliantly colored leaves, the once persistent buzzing of insects has slowly quieted; chickens have less to find as they spend the shorter days scratching about the yard. My chickens spend more time in the wooded section of our property verse the dying off meadow like field.They are turning […]Read more »
Chickens, like all things in nature, are a part of the ever changing seasons. Their bodies react and prepare for the next coming stage in life, the next spell of weather and climate. Below are three timelines; The Seasonal Timeline The Housekeeping Timeline The Anatomical Timeline These are approximate predictions to help the chicken keeper […]Read more »