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Warning: If you have backyard chickens – you’ll be inclined to want MORE backyard chickens! When I first entered the world of backyard chicken keeping, I thought four hens would meet my needs: 4 eggs a day X 7 days = 21 eggs per week. That’s plenty of eggs for a family of four, but I didn’t […]Read more »
I’ve seen this question several places –“I have plenty of corn-can I just feed my chickens corn and dispense with feeding them expensive commercial feed?” The short answer is, “Yes.” You may feed your chickens whatever you want to feed them, and most chickens will usually gobble up corn before they’ll touch prepared feed. If […]Read more »
Did you know that chickens have 4 types of feathers? These include webbed feathers, down feathers, bristles and filoplumes. Each type of feather has a different function. The larger feathers that you are accustomed to seeing on the wings, tail and body are called webbed feathers. They are considered protective during rain and wind. Down […]Read more »
Stories from the good ‘ol days (while processing chickens). We did it…Hubby and I (along with my parents) processed some chickens. Don’t worry…I’m not going to detail the butchering process. Instead, I’m going to tell you how we learned more about the good ‘ol days. You know the good ‘ol days when life was simpler, full […]Read more »
This month’s “Cool Coop” will be much appreciated by the backyard duck enthusiasts of our Community! If you’ve never considered waterfowl – this setup just might change your mind. The creativity and uniqueness of this coop definitely rank it among our list of “Cool Coops”! Continue reading as Led Slinger shares the history and photos […]Read more »
I was recently asked “how often do you clean out the chicken coop?” Well, the answer can vary, depending on: how many chickens you have where the nesting boxes are compared to the roost area how much time the chickens spend inside the coop where do you keep their food and water the time of […]Read more »
The Big Red Barn isn’t our “chicken coop” per se, but about a third of our chickens call it home. We call them…you guessed it, the “barn chickens”. Some of our chickens are anti-social and though we have a perfectly functioning chicken coop with amenities to fit every chicken’s needs and desires, some prefer to […]Read more »
This past August, I had the pleasure of attending the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in West Bend, Wisconsin. There, I got to see Robin Mather speak about the benefits of grass-fed beef. My grandfather was a cattle rancher. I grew up, loving everything about horses and cows. Each Christmas, my grandfather gave his six children 1/2 a […]Read more »