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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.
by Meredith Chilson It’s a sunny spring day. The coop doors are open to the outside, and the hens are digging and scratching in the wet leaves. It’s too early, yet, to do a thorough coop cleaning—there will still be a few days of sloppy snowflakes and nights when the temperatures fall below freezing. It’s […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson It has been a long winter. A very long winter. I realize that the calendar has announced the coming of spring, but here in the valleys of Western New York, spring has not yet sprung. Cold weather arrived before autumn turned to winter…and is here yet. For many of us, plodding to […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Have you been reading some of the recent newspaper articles telling about animal shelters and rescues being flooded with chickens? One article in particular, from the NY Post (READ IT HERE), was brought to my attention. It begins this way: Raising chickens in backyard coops is all the rage with nostalgia-loving […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Does it seem like this has been a really long winter? Are you wishing for a break in the weather, sunshine, anything that might indicate springtime? I’ve been leafing through seed and hatchery catalogues for months. Seeds are ordered, the garden is planned, and in about a month I’ll be starting the […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson My neighbors have had the flu, earaches, colds — and the winter’s not quite half over. It seems that everyone I meet is sneezing, coughing, or sniffling. I remember when I was a small girl, my mother would make a special dish for us when we weren’t feeling well—it was creamy and […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Will you be buying eggs to hatch or ordering chicks this spring? Have you ordered yet? Do you have a specific breed in mind, or are you going to be a little adventurous and order a few chicks of a different breed? I’d like to suggest you consider Marans—specifically Black Copper Marans. […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Several weeks ago, I was approached to review a product from Incubator Warehouse. I was told I could look through the entire site and choose something for my existing flock. Incubator Warehouse sells incubators in all sizes and price ranges for any sort of egg you might want to hatch. They also […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson The late December temperatures are hovering in the single digits, and snow covers the ground here in Western New York. We don’t heat our chicken coop, so fresh water must be carried to the chickens first thing in the morning and again in the afternoon. Snowy day in WNY It’s not a […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson This is the time of year that our thoughts turn to gifts and our minds begin to reflect on the past, isn’t it? I want to share with you some reflections of the gifts my chickens have given me. Many of the gifts are lessons taught to me, and I’m passing these […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Probably the most important first step when going into the “chicken business” is planning where you will house your birds. The first time we had chickens, years ago, we housed them in our All-Purpose Shed, along with rabbits, a couple of goats, ducks, and occasionally, a pony and/or a goose. There was […]Read more »