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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 »
I am so excited to attend the Mother Earth News Fair (MENF) in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania this upcoming weekend. Mother Earth News Fair is a fun-filled, hands-on sustainable lifestyle event. The fair is offered throughout the year at different locations in the US. This will be my first time attending! As a contributor to Community Chickens, […]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.
When I first got chickens, I sweated the whole layer box thing. Since I like to take the approach of making my life easy while ensuring the girls have what they need, sometimes I hit a challenge that I make much bigger in my mind that what it really is. Like layer boxes. With my […]Read more »
This month’s “chicken themed” giveaway is from artist, Susan – from the Etsy shop Gallery in the Garden. She’s offering the winner a matching set of 12 egg carton labels and 20 egg basket tags. The winner will pick their chicken color and small egg color from a list. The labels and tags will also be personalized with their name. THIS IS A GREAT GIVEAWAY!Read more »
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 »
Much happenings since I last posted. I got a job! I got laid off! Again! But at least it now frees my time for writing. So I thought I’d start off with a bang and detail my trials and tribulations with a vermin infestation. If you recall, a couple of winters ago, we had a terrible […]Read more »
This month’s “Cool Coop” is a great example of the importance of providing adequate space – both inside the coop and within the outside run area. I think a lot of beginning backyard chicken farmers purchase a pre-made coop and then soon realize it doesn’t meet the requirements needed for a flock to comfortably roam […]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 »
I was cracking eggs the other day into a bowl to whisk up something yummy and there it was…a blood spot. If you have been raising chickens for a while, you’ve probably seen it. If you are new to raising chickens, maybe you haven’t seen it…yet. Fact is, blood spots in eggs most likely will […]Read more »