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I have big plans for breeding chickens this spring. I finally have my show-quality, heritage breed Buff Orpingtons. We drove from Mid-Michigan to eastern Ohio last year to pick up two beautiful pairs of Buffs at the Ohio National Poultry show. I can’t wait to fill my incubator with eggs from these gorgeous birds! […]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 »
Usually around this time of year, I start getting e-mails and Facebook messages from people about roosters. The reason for this is that around this time of year, spring cockerels start crowing, which is the last confirmation that your supposed pullet chick, is in fact a boy. Lots of people start contacting me asking […]Read more »
A local reader recently got a hold of me and asked if I was interested in taking a rooster off her hands. She lives in a downtown village setting and the law for her area states that only hens are allowed to be kept for noise purposes. Her rooster was a 3% male taken from […]Read more »
Once it was clear that Uno was the sole survivor of the incubator hatch, I evaluated him. He was in rough shape. In addition to the obvious inability to move without flipping backwards, and thrashing around the brooder, the left side of his head was extremely swollen. He could not open that eye. I am […]Read more »
Wry Neck Wreck May Woodworth Our friends and family know Uno’s story well. They know that his Rhode Island Red parents (Red & RooRoo) had a zany relationship. They know that Red lost interest in sitting on her clutch of eggs on the exact day of RooRoo’s […]Read more »
Clinger The Bare Backed Hen & Her Super Simple Saddle My bare backed hen named Clinger (aptly named as she loves being around people) has had the misfortune of losing feathers all winter long. Thankfully, it was not due to mites or malnutrition but the combination of not molting in the fall and repeated encounters […]Read more »
Every year, This American Life dedicates an entire show to the season between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the time of the year in which the majority of our poultry is consumed. The stories this year are what happens when the worlds of our birds and us collide. You’ll hear stories about a chicken saving a man on […]Read more »
Or, my story of The Rooster formerly known as ChickenHawk. Now, as a general rule, I don’t name birds I am not keeping. It’s very difficult to process (butcher) an animal with name, at least in my worldview. The story I’m about to tell was a good learning experience for me, in particular, on the […]Read more »
Guest post by Sherie Bradley We finally had our own place….with acreage! I couldn’t wait to get some chickens. There was a shed in the backyard that my husband had dreams for, but I was secretly making plans to turn it into a super coop. I already had my ducklings growing like weeds at my […]Read more »