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Chickens are some of the most varied animals ever domesticated by humans. The APA recognizes 65 breeds alone and there are many, many more hobby breeds, fancy breeds, and interesting egg layers beyond that. Have you ever found a chicken on an internet search and wished you could have a few of that breed, […]Read more »
After a winter break, the chickens are well rested and ready to earn their keep again. 😉 There are many ways you can put your chickens to work this Spring, and they are happy to do so… Egg Production With longer days and warmer weather upon us, the ladies become more consistent with their egg […]Read more »
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 »
Some things never change. People have been keeping chickens for years. Some things do change, such as the way people keep chickens. Let’s compare some similarities and changes, shall we… BREEDS Back in the day, many farmers had cold-hardy breeds, such as Buff Orpingtons, Wyandottes, and Rhode Island Reds. These are the breeds that were […]Read more »
Hatching baby chicks in your own incubator is not only easy — it’s a blast! This content is sponsored by Brinsea. I’ve heard from many backyard poultry enthusiasts who’d like to become more self-sufficient by hatching their own chicks, but who have concerns about the cost and difficulty of doing so. Well, there’s little to worry […]Read more »
It’s January in Michigan. It is cold. How cold is it you ask? Today with the wind chill factor our local weather man says it is -4F. That is cold. It is the kind of cold that you can feel seeping in through your wood floors. It has to be too cold to go outside […]Read more »
Spring is coming!…Well, not for a while, but it’s nice to think about anyway. In Michigan, the winters are long and depressing. I just read an article titled “Every State, Ranked by How Miserable its Winters Are” with Michigan coming in second to Minnesota. We even beat Alaska! Um…yay? After the holidays I always […]Read more »
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 »