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15 laying hens: Buff Orpington, Rhode Island Red, Speckled Sussex, Barred Rock, a Silkie, a Poppyseed, and 2 Copper Maran layers and 3 Copper Marans. New this season: 15 Heirloom Breed turkeys (we'll keep 4 breeding pair) and 14 Broad Breasted White turkeys that will be ready for Thanksgiving.
I'm a country girl from birth, married for a very long time to "the boy next door". We have two grown-up daughters, seven perfect grandchildren and a brown dog. I'm a partner in a small local business "Green Circle Grove"; we make fabric bags and totes and old-fashioned soaps, which we sell at craft fairs and festivals and on our website — www.greencirclegrove.com. I've been happily blogging for Community Chickens for four years, write the material for the Green Circle Grove website and was featured in the February 2013 issue of Your Chickens magazine. I love to learn and I love to share what I have learned with others, whether it's through my fiber crafts, the summer "Granny Camps" we host, community activities or articles that I write for blogs or local newspapers. I read and write, garden and farm, travel and always return to my small, rural corner of the world.
The hens are beginning to lay a few more eggs, but at the same time the shelves in my pantry and freezer are starting to look a little bare. It’s the time of year that I look through my mother’s recipe box for ideas. I know I’ll find something in her Depression/WWII era collection of […]Read more »
It’s cold, very cold outside, here in Western New York. We have plenty of snow, which makes it difficult—and sometimes downright dangerous—to visit friends, hang out at the local diner/coffee shop, and keep up with the community gossip…er, news. Television “marathon” programs are re-runs. I’m thinking it’s time to shake things up a little with […]Read more »
We’ve all read, or been told, that eggs (especially egg yolks) are to be avoided when it comes to health. Do you know why? Is this true? Here’s what I found: More than 25 years ago, when scientists were beginning to seriously research heart disease, they learned that high blood cholesterol was closely associated with the […]Read more »
By Meredith Chilson I think I’m going to raise meat birds this spring. Here’s why: I’ve been tempted by photos and catalogues offering little chicks once too often. You’re getting those catalogues in the mailbox and photos in your news feed, too, aren’t you? Doesn’t it make you think of spring and new life and […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Do you grow sprouts? If you do, are they for your own use—salads, stir-fries, crunchy sandwich toppers? Or, have you grown them for your chickens? Last winter, I was asked to try growing fodder for my chickens. I discovered that the green fodder mat became a healthy addition to the flock’s daily […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson The hustle and bustle of the holidays are past. As the new year unfolds, I like to take some time to reflect on the previous twelve months and to do some proper planning for the next. Proper planning begins with paper and pencil. I envision the days, weeks and months as an […]Read more »
This is the time of year I feel time rushing past; do you? It’s a different sort of rushing than happens in the summer and fall, when gardens are producing mountains of beans and squash, the hay needs to be cut and the straw baled (to say nothing of the lawn), the barns and egg […]Read more »
Early in August of this year, I wrote about my new adventure as a turkey farmer. The first few days were spent watching the tiny birds adapt to their environment under brooder lights. I learned a lot… you can read about some of the things I learned in those first weeks HERE. Days and […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Thanksgiving is just a week or so away, and at our house, turkey traditionally has a place of honor on the table at the family feast. I expect it may also be a tradition at your house. Most of us, though, have side dishes, sauces, relishes, or desserts that are just as […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Life in the chicken coop on our little homestead has been moving along predictably. Summer found the girls in the nest boxes in the mornings, getting their egg-laying duties done by noon, and off to the afternoon hunt and peck fun. Late summer and fall, for some reason, found several hens going […]Read more »