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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 »
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 »
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 »
Many times it is the simplest things that taste the best. Take eggs and toast for example. Easy enough to make for one or for a crowd. Ingredients you most likely have on hand. Eggs and toast – the perfect breakfast, or lunch, or supper. It starts with bread. White Wheat Rye Use what you […]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 »
The scorching sun… The sticky humidity… The hot temperatures… Chickens natural way of keeping cool is to spread their feathers to let the heat escape. They are also smart enough to seek shade, create dust bathing areas, and drink plenty of water. Although they do a pretty good job of keeping themselves cool, I (along […]Read more »
Farm Fresh Eggs! One of the joys of raising back yard chickens is the many ways I get to be creative in using the delicious eggs. A frittata is like a quiche, but without the crust. I am one of those people who don’t always eat the crust, so a frittata is better suited for […]Read more »
Our ladies are all laying eggs now! As exciting as this is, I must admit…I quickly had a stash of eggs growing in the fridge…even after sharing some of the bounty. I had become somewhat complacent with not so many eggs… The flock was new(ish) and of course the winter usually slows down production. I […]Read more »
Have you walked into your local farm store or hatchery lately? The familiar peeping sound draws you in…it’s baby chick time! Rather it’s your first go round or you’re a pro at raising baby chicks, there are a few things that all of us can learn. This guide to getting started with chickens is a […]Read more »