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21 chickens. The majority of my flock is Basque Hens, Euskal Oiloa, which are a dual-purpose homesteading breed from Spain. I also have a trio of gorgeous German New Hampshires and laying hens of assorted breeds including Welsummer, Speckled Sussex, Brown Leghorn, Phoenix, and Easter Egger.
I was raised in central New Jersey and moved to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. My husband and I bought a home on three acres in the Appalachian Mountains where we garden and raise chickens. However, we are moving to the Boston Mountains in Northwest Arkansas this year! We have an awesome, off-grid cabin on thirty-three acres in the beautiful Boxley Valley. Follow along on our journey as we expand our efforts towards self-sufficiency and move west on Scratch Cradle where I write about husbandry, incubation, breeding, genetics, and the day-to-day life of my flock.
by Heather Nicholson of Scratch Cradle Late January to mid-February is the ideal time to set-up breeding pens for spring hatching. Hens sometimes require a few weeks to warm up to a new rooster, and they can store rooster’s genetic material for up to a month. To be sure that you are setting eggs from […]Read more »
by Heather Nicholson of Scratch Cradle This time of year, many of us in the Northern Hemisphere are looking ahead towards spring. Along with the colorful seed catalogs, hatchery catalogs are arriving, and we browse exotic breeds, dreaming of the season ahead. This is the perfect time of year to set-up breeding pens with your […]Read more »