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INGREDIENTS 1 recipe Basic Gingerbread Dough, chilled 1 recipe Classic Thick Royal Icing Black or brown food coloring gel 4 white Lifesavers candies Red food coloring gel 1 red candy dot or round candy-coated chocolate, such as M&M’s 4 graham crackers 5 silver sprinkles 6 Tbsp white fondant, homemade (page 7) or store-bought Orange food […]Read more »
We recently received a copy of Literary Chickens, by Beth Moon and wanted to share a few excerpts with our chicken community. This table read includes several iconic quotes paired with Beth’s beautifully photographed chickens. These striking portraits illustrate a sophistication in poultry that often goes unnoticed. Dr. Jane Goodall gave the book her endorsement and […]Read more »
Our King Farm chicken adventure started out with a hatching at the Mother Earth News office. Fast-forward six months and we have 18 chickens and two ducks! As new homesteaders, we often think about cost and quality. When approached by Purina Animal Nutrition to try their organic layer feed with their Oyster Strong® System through […]Read more »
Sarah started with an old tuff shed a few ducks, some rabbits she had adopted, and her helpful friend, Carlos. Last month, Carlos agreed to help insulate Sarah’s old garden shed. But Sarah decided that she wanted more than that! “I want to do something Fun with the inside of the shed.” So, after a […]Read more »
Guinea Attributes Self-Reliance: Guineas have been companions to human beings since the ancient Greeks, yet they can never be called more than “semi-domesticated.” Guinea fowl will be less dependent on you for care than perhaps any other type of animal you raise. They are able to search out their own food—except in winter—and as a […]Read more »
Goose Breeds: There are about 15 breeds of domesticated geese. Basically, the goose is raised for meat. Personally, I like goose meat much better than turkey. Whatever breed of goose you prefer, you’ll probably want to separate breeds or choose only one, because purebred geese are more marketable than those that are crossbred. An exception […]Read more »
Egg Breeds Indian Runner. There are many varieties of Indian Runner ducks of which the White Penciled, Fawn, and White are said to be the best egg producers (225–325 eggs per year). The Indian Runner originated in Asia (as did the rarer Bali to which it is related). Runners are a nervous, light breed (drakes […]Read more »
Where to Get Chicks Thank you to our sponsor, Brinsea the Incubation Specialists, for making this episode possible! In this episode, our hosts Zach Foley and Charlotte Brunin discuss various chicken breeds, how to pick the right one for you, and where to find them. Thanks for listening to our very first episode! Don’t forget to subscribe and to share […]Read more »
Thank you to our sponsor, Brinsea the Incubation Specialists, for making this episode possible! Links from this episode: Breeds That Work For Your Needs Getting Laid – Barb Webb Tracing the Roots of our Domestic Chickens– Meredith Chilson 5 Tips for Chicken Breed Selection – Kathy Shea Mormino Consider Breeds Carefully for Regional Weather and Pecking […]Read more »
Please enjoy this information excerpted from Getting Laid, by Barb Webb. Even if your chickens are on a full commercial feed diet, there are still natural ingredients you may wish to consider adding to their feed to help keep your ock in tip-top shape or to address particular health concerns. Use this chart as a […]Read more »