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This month’s “chicken themed” giveaway is a great way to personalize those beautiful fresh eggs that you either generously gift to a friend or sell to an eager customer. Artisan, Jill Marshall, from the Etsy shop, Southern Paper and Ink, will send one of our lucky readers a “Fresh Eggs” stamp that will add an unique touch to an […]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 »
This month’s Cool Coop just might be the “Coolest” yet! Tom from Illinois used the architecture of his historic neighborhood as an inspiration for this unique coop. Continue reading as he describes the design and construction of his coop, “Tom’s Bird House”: Our goal for the coop was to incorporate it into the neighborhood. We live […]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 »
Using eggshells in the garden can help provide calcium to plants and can also help fight off blossom end rot in some plants, such as tomatoes, squash, and peppers. Before using the egg shells, rinse them out first. Doing so will help to keep unwanted animals away and will also assure that the shells don’t […]Read more »
If you’re a chicken keeper, then you know the attempts taken to protect the flock against predators. – We lock the coop up each night, use a crazy amount of hardware cloth and bury chicken wire around the perimeter of the coop and run. We employ guard dogs, roosters (when allowed) and even security cameras […]Read more »
guest post by Andrea Martin Recent outbreaks of avian influenza (including the highly pathogenic strains) in the Midwest have sounded the alarm against this dangerous disease. While the outbreak was mostly confined to commercial farms, backyard poultry keepers need to be vigilant as well. Without any treatment options available for poultry, the influenza virus won’t be welcomed in our […]Read more »
I’m a couple weeks behind in my year of the chicken updates. For those of you who are just starting with the series, The Year of the Chicken is where I follow one of our chickens from egg to laying hen. To see the last post visit The Year of the Chicken: Collecting Hatching Eggs. […]Read more »