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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.
Since much of the country is experiencing the inevitable cold and freezing temps of winter, I thought I would share with our readers an experience I had a couple of years ago when Henrietta, my Buff Orpington, lost a few tips of her comb due to a case of frostbite. 2011 – 2012 had been […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols This month’s Cool Coop is for those of us out there that want an awesome chicken coop, but don’t have the time or skills to do a complete DIY project. The Green Chicken Coop is a great example of a ready to assemble coop that is a safe, solid housing structure for […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols In the spirit of the holiday season, I thought I would share with our readers one of the organizations that my family supports. For more than 30 years, Lifeline Christian Mission has been working to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the people in Haiti, Honduras, El Salvador, Cuba and the […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols Here’s a great series of photos that will no doubt inspire a future or experienced chicken keeper to construct a coop using found and re-purposed items. The result is an attractive and functional chicken dwelling that builder, Jason Bolvin, refers to as the “Chick Inn”! Continue reading as Jason describes the construction […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols Fall around my property means more than just a change in season… It’s also a fall in egg production – in response to feathers falling off! Each year my flock goes through a yearly molt loosing a large portion of their older feathers and replacing them with new ones. There is so […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols I’m very excited to share this month’s “Coop Coop”. – It’s full of unique features and gadgets that I know will inspire a lot of our readers. The solar powered aspect is innovative alone, but wait until you see the nesting boxes and coop door opener! Continue reading as Gale Thomas-Goodman describes […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols ~ the garden-roof coop Several years ago (1980) the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a landmark study of bird food preferences and black oil sunflower seeds were determined to be the top choice of birdseed by the greatest number of bird species. For this reason alone, I purposely plant several sunflowers […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols ~ the garden-roof coop This month’s Cool Coop would be a great way to repurpose the kid’s clubhouse when they’ve outgrown its use. It’s also another great example of creating an awesome coop utilizing reclaimed and found items. – Continuing reading as Steve Bates shares photos and the basic set-up of his […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols ~ the garden-roof coop Constructing a brooder for your first flock of chicks can be as simple as a cardboard box or plastic storage container, but you’ll soon discover that those cute fluffy chicks grow at an incredible rate! Overnight they double in size and the brooder seems to get smaller and […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols ~ the garden-roof coop A cottage on the beach is probably on everyone’s list of the perfect summer vacation. But – if you can’t make it to the beach, then you might as well bring it to your backyard! This month’s Cool Coop took on a coastal style when chicken keeper, Nana Hess, […]Read more »