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In my backyard flock I currently have 4 hens. Two Blue Laced Red Wyandottes, One Easter Egger and One Silver Laced Polish.
I grew up in the townships surrounding Clarkston, Michigan, a small village in Southeast part of the State. My grandparents owned a cattle ranch where they raised horses and beef cattle. My love of farming was born at their homestead. Now, with the help of my husband we raise our two boys, two dogs, two cats, four chickens and a large garden on my just under an acre lot in a small village in Southeast Michigan. I am passionate about eating local fresh food. It is this passion that took us from gardeners to backyard chicken keepers. I share my experience of backyard chicken keeping, gardening, recipes and life in general on my blog Country Girl in the Village. There I also share canning tips, crafts and of course tales from my backyard coop. I enjoy reading, photography, fiber arts and travel. I share these passions through photography on instagram as well. Check me out at https://instagram.com/villagegirlblog
Summer Vacations, just the words spark vivid memories in my mind. Hot days, cool nights, fireflies strobe lighting the scene as summer scented breezes dance around. Lazy days where nothing really has to be done, but to sit back and enjoy yourself and maybe a new experience here and there. Each summer, we try to […]Read more »
Keeping backyard chickens is a rewarding experience. I have very few complaints when it comes to taking care of my ladies. I love the peace they bring me with their scratching about in the yard. The eggs are top notch and the education that keeping chickens has brought to my family is priceless. However, this […]Read more »
It has been so much fun having little chicks around this year. It has been a couple years since I have gotten chicks in place of laying hens. As a backyard chicken keeper, it is important that I know I have hens and not roosters, or at least have a plan on what to do […]Read more »
Do chickens like to free range? That seems like such a simple question to me. In my experience as a backyard chicken keeper as well as growing up in a rural area, chickens like to free range. Have you ever seen a bird sunning themselves and thought they weren’t enjoying that moment? Dust bath anyone? […]Read more »
Peep…Peep…Peep. If you are like me, than Spring Fever has taken over and you have fired up your heat lamp and dusted off the brooder box. There are spring chicks all over, including my bathroom. My bathroom?! Much to the surprise of any visitors, yes, I am brooding my babies in the bathroom. It is […]Read more »
By Shannon Cole of Country Girl In The Village Coconut Oil has become all the rage these days and for some great reasons. The oil is said to have antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties. It contains healthy fats that have been said to help with weight loss, heart disease and diabetes. There are skin care […]Read more »
By Shannon Cole of Country Girl In The Village It is the first of February, only 7 more weeks until Spring, or so the calendar says. If you are like me, you may be in the midst of a cold front or a winter storm. Our forecast for today is 8-10 inches of snow with […]Read more »
Mid January, it is that time of year that I am really looking forward to Spring. Our ground is still frozen and snow covered. The days are short, but growing longer and all I need to get excited are seed and hatchery catalogs. When I first got chickens I was on a free for […]Read more »
The Christmas Holiday has come and gone at our house. This was the first year that our children did not get up at the first crack of dawn to rush to the living room while screaming, “Santa Came!” It was a bit of a milestone I must say, and I was feeling a bit nostalgic […]Read more »
I am the chicken person in my family. It is a great conversation opener and people love to send me all things chicken in the form of emails and Facebook posts. Lately, I have gotten my fair share of chicken sweater pictures. Really, Chicken Sweaters are a “thing”. I had no idea.Read more »