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Guest post by Claire Culver My husband and I volunteer with FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program along with Zombie Squad, a nonprofit with a similar mission (but much funnier name and attitude). Both are dedicated to personal safety and disaster preparation/response. I have even become a trainer in the CERT program. However, I […]Read more »
by Susan Waughtal It seems like you can never have too many large plastic buckets on a farm. They are invaluable for hauling water and feed, garden veggies, compost, moving baby chicks, storing tools, collecting maple sap, and even making nesting boxes. My hen population has grown and they needed more nesting sites. Yesterday, I […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols I’m not able to let my chicks free range … too many wild and domestic predators. Some threats are obvious: foxes, hawks, raccoons, etc. And then there are the less inconspicuous dangers, namely Buddy and Sugar, the border collies, and the five chicken-hungry hunting cats. I don’t think the dogs would purposely […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Once upon a springtime, there was a fluffy chicken named Mrs. Feathers. Mrs. Feathers wanted to be a mother. She laid an egg every day in her nest of shavings and straw, and she even lined the nest with soft, downy feathers. Mrs. Feathers did not like to be disturbed by anyone […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell It’s that time of year again. Each morning I drink my coffee and look out on our pond to see that the ice has once again reclaimed the surface of the water. As the sun comes around the side of the house, its rays reflect brilliantly across the surface, and warms the […]Read more »
by Joy Currie Against my better judgement, we named our chickens. It was hard to not give them names when we got to know their personalities. And all the drama of them trying to establish a pecking order was better than watching a made-for-tv-mini-series. Since we are huge Harry Potter fans, the rooster was dubbed […]Read more »
Guest post by Candice I made one of my famous spur-of-the-moment decisions (with the encouragement of friends and relatives) to raise a small batch of Cornish Cross meat birds this fall. I thought you might be interested in how it all turned out and what it cost. I’ve always said I would keep track of […]Read more »
By Eric Guel Shortly after my wife Brandi and I got our first flock of chickens (circa July ’09) we obtained a few Muscovy ducks as well. We had heard that Muscovy hens are good mothers and they have no problem going broody—we were not disappointed. As soon as spring hit this year, our Muscovy […]Read more »
by Nancy Farrell In honor of this week being Bird Health Awareness week (Nov. 1 – Nov. 7, 2010) we’ll be fixing up our poultry first aid kit and doing a detailed exam of all our birds. To keep up on the health of our birds, we visually check the birds twice daily, looking to […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols After the coop was complete, the only thing missing was the occupants! When I started researching chickens, I couldn’t believe the amount of options that were available! Did I want a colorful, fancy variety, a good egg layer, big or small, roosters or not … I read a lot of info and […]Read more »