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A few weeks ago I started the evening chores like every other night. I grabbed the wire egg basket from the front porch and headed to the chicken coop. I collected eggs from our Buff Orpington pen, our Leghorn pen and our Araucana and Olive Egger pen. When I went into the French Black Copper […]Read more »
Over the years, in my experience keeping chickens, we’ve done both free ranging and keeping them in a confined coop. My preferred method is to let them free range, but right now I have our flock separated in pens by breed for breeding purposes. What is free ranging? Free ranging can have a […]Read more »
“If you know somethin’ well, you can always paint it, but people would be better off buyin’ chickens. Folk Artist –Grandma Moses” Handmade chick run attached to the chicken coop Grandma Moses was she’s right with the second part of that quote. People would be better off buyin’ chickens. So, say you listened to Grandma […]Read more »
It is a common occurrence in egg-laying-chickendom that hens slow down or cease laying eggs in winter. Shorter days resulting in less daylight would make anyone sluggish and long to take a break from the daily grind. If you have a strong reliance on eggs, this season in a hen’s life can be worrisome. However, […]Read more »
My grandmother born October 1928, grew up on her grandparent’s farm in Craigsville, West Virginia. One of eight children, life was not always easy. Her childhood began alongside The Great Depression. As one of the middle children, her responsibilities were many around the farm. Some of her earliest memories are of the animals on the […]Read more »
Altering your chicken’s living environment and even seasonal boredom can bring with it some unforeseen side effects, including a sour crop. Finding do-it-yourself solutions can help avoid expensive veterinary calls or losing your bird as a result of this disease. My first experience with this issue was quite interesting. One bird’s case included an added […]Read more »
Chicken Pirates After being without eggs for almost eight months-due to the petering of eggs from an old flock, followed by their demise, and waiting for the Jennies (Novogens) to lay- the Jennies seemed like wonder hens to me. We had eggs again! Baskets of big, beautiful, jumbo brown eggs. My excitement and gratitude led […]Read more »
Back in June of this year my husband and I purchased 3 turkeys from the local feed store. At $12 per bird we were pretty protective of the little buggers. As my better-half finally gave in and agreed to raising a few turkeys, he received the honor of naming the birds. Quite creatively he dubbed […]Read more »
Roosters Make Great Dads! Franny believes that a rooster’s job description consists of more than alarm clock or egg fertilizer! Find out why keeping a rooster with your flock is so important! Visit Homestead Hustle for more from Franny’s Farm and great tips on profiting from your homestead! Find Homestead Hustle on Facebook – Network with us […]Read more »
From an impacted crop to sour a crop, this food storage organ can effect your birds in a big way. Whether you are raising chickens or turkeys it’s important to pay close attention to your flock. Taking queues from a bird’s behavior can help detect issues early on. The first and easiest way to diagnose […]Read more »