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by Meredith Chilson Do you grow sprouts? If you do, are they for your own use—salads, stir-fries, crunchy sandwich toppers? Or, have you grown them for your chickens? Last winter, I was asked to try growing fodder for my chickens. I discovered that the green fodder mat became a healthy addition to the flock’s daily […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell of Iron Oak Farm When raising chickens it’s always important to have a “back up” plan. Just when you think everyone in the flock is happy, content and healthy, nature has a way of surprising us. Chickens can become ill or suffer injuries. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Back in the depths of winter, I was reading every last page of the latest issue of Grit magazine, and procrastinating hauling another bucket of water out to the chicken coop. Lo and behold—in the advertisement section, I found “BriteTap Chicken Waterer” –with the claims that “water keeps sparkling clean, and there are […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Several weeks ago, I was approached to review a product from Incubator Warehouse. I was told I could look through the entire site and choose something for my existing flock. Incubator Warehouse sells incubators in all sizes and price ranges for any sort of egg you might want to hatch. They also […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke A few weeks ago, I was browsing through the local newspaper and happened upon the type of story that sends a chill down a chicken keeper’s spine. A family in a neighboring town had endured an unthinkable tragedy. Their newly built coop had burned down to the ground, killing all 38 of […]Read more »
by Jennifer BurckeA few weeks ago, I was browsing through the local newspaper and happened upon the type of story that sends a chill down a chicken keeper’s spine. A family in a neighboring town had endured an unthinkable tragedy. Their newly built coop had burned down to the ground, killing all 38 of the […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols from the garden-roof coop I’m rather fortunate when it comes to having my own personal handy-man / carpenter at my disposal. My husband can create and construct just about anything. And.. when it comes to “Cool Coops” he came up with one of the most unique chicken coops I’ve ever seen! – Click […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols Missouri is similar to much of the country in the fact that we are into our third year of summer heat and drought. In fact, the drought now covers around 60 percent of the continental United States, the largest area since the epic droughts of the 1930s and 1950s. Scorched fields have forced many farmers to […]Read more »
by Jennifer BurckeBefore I became a chicken keeper, I made two decisions. First, I wanted to keep heritage breed hens. The interesting stories behind the history of each breed drew me in. They spoke to my fascination with the history of American agriculture. Choosing breeds from a bygone era somehow made me feel more connected […]Read more »
In my recent post “How to Prepare for Successful Chick Brooding,” I shared my method of providing heat when brooding our first batch of baby chicks. We used a heat lamp and successfully raised those heritage breed hens. We are reaping the rewards every day when collecting fresh eggs from the nest boxes. When we […]Read more »