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The chicken, of all the farm animals, has made our lives pretty easy as far as egg collection is concerned. Simply provide them a box, and they will deposit a neatly packaged protein source available for easy retrieval. It’s like a mailbox for breakfast. But being that the nesting box is what holds our “food […]Read more »
If you have backyard chickens – or are considering a flock – then you’ve probably heard or read of the negative aspects of having a few birds in your backyard. – They’re nosiy, they carry germs, they stink, they’re hard to take care of… To a few folks – all of those concerns or complaints […]Read more »
In this 16-minute TED Talk, Dr. Frank Robinson, a professor and researcher at the University of Alberta, addresses all the questions you might have about chickens but were too afraid to ask. Whether you’re a novice or an expert, check out Dr. Robinson’s talk to learn more about these curious animals.Read more »
Winter can be a challenging month for chicken keepers. Each day we must brave the cold temperatures to care for our flocks. Paths must be shoveled to the coop, the hoses freeze so all water must be brought out in buckets, and it can be a challenge to keep the water we haul our from […]Read more »
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 »
This month’s “Cool Coop” is an great example of repurposing. I imagine a lot of folks have sheds, forts or playhouses that have outlived their usefulness. With a little elbow grease and creativity that abandon structure could become a functional coop. I’ve seen examples of chicken coops made out of just about everything, but when […]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 »