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Currently 11 hens, but the flock continues to grow! Buff Orpington, Barred Plymouth Rock, Golden-laced Wyandotte, Cinnamon Queen, 2 Black Cuckoo Marans and 2 Easter Eggers, White Plymouth Rock, Light Brahma, Black Australorp
I have enjoyed the outdoors, wildlife and gardening for as long as I can remember. Since becoming a Master Gardener in 2007, my gardening interests have been increasingly focused on creating and protecting wildlife habitats. At our 7 acre property in Southwest Missouri, my husband and I have added gardens to our landscape including an ever-expanding kitchen garden, berry beds, and a large butterfly garden. My husband and I are also vendors (Rebecca's Bird Gardens) at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks during the spring and summer months where we sell living-roof birdhouses, living wreaths, vertical gardens and an assortment of rustic birdhouses and feeders utilizing recycled materials. In addition to encouraging wildlife to visit my gardens, I enjoy putting my hens to work as my gardening allies! My flock not only provides me with the richest fertilizer available, but they also help with the weeding and insect control! Our small flock of free-ranging hens are also a great example to my teenage daughters that the freshest, most organic food is what you raise and grow yourself.
Maybe you’ve experienced a “pay it forward” at a drive through or a grocery market. – Someone pays for your purchase and expects nothing in return. This random act of kindness has a ripple effect restoring our faith in the love and compassion of the human spirit. How awesome would it be to receive your first flock of backyard chickens – FREE! Continued reading as Annie Levesque shares how a gift of chicks inspired our featured “Cool Coop.”Read more »
Kids and backyard chickens have a lot in common. You’ve got to feed them, nurture them, protect them and provide them a safe shelter. It just makes sense to combine a chicken coop with an kid’s backyard hangout! Continue reading as Scott from Connecticut describes how he constructed – The Fort Coop:Read more »
Suet cakes – which are usually made from beef fat (suet) or pork fat (lard) – are a great way to provide a protein boost for your for your flock during the cold months of winter and – especially during a time of stress such as molt or illness. This week’s giveaway comes from a innovative […]Read more »
This month’s giveaway is a positive political chicken themed prize! The decision this election is a tough one, but if a chicken were running for president – what would the campaign issues be? – Free range for all – Protection from predators?? I asked this question to our Facebook Community of bipartisan chicken keepers and here are some of the top campaign promises they would offer:Read more »
This month’s “chicken themed” giveaway is from artist, Susan – from the Etsy shop Gallery in the Garden. She’s offering the winner a matching set of 12 egg carton labels and 20 egg basket tags. The winner will pick their chicken color and small egg color from a list. The labels and tags will also be personalized with their name. THIS IS A GREAT GIVEAWAY!Read more »
This month’s “Cool Coop” is a great example of the importance of providing adequate space – both inside the coop and within the outside run area. I think a lot of beginning backyard chicken farmers purchase a pre-made coop and then soon realize it doesn’t meet the requirements needed for a flock to comfortably roam […]Read more »
[giveaway closed] This month’s “chicken themed” giveaway is a wonderful way to show off your love of backyard chickens! This adorable tote would be perfect to take to the farmers’ market, carry as an overnight bag or as a reusable grocery sack! Artisan, Stacie Bloomfield, will send one of our lucky readers this “Barnyard Chicken Tote” […]Read more »
This month’s “Cool Coop” is probably the craziest, most original coop yet! It’s the ultimate example of repurposing or upcycling, and it’s a fully functioning coop as well! Continue to read as John L’Heureux from Litchfield, New Hampshire describes how this unusual coop came to be: My sister’s step son used to work for a Porta Potty […]Read more »