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by Shannon Cole of Country Girl In The Village I first became interested in backyard chickens almost four years ago. Two friends of mine were starting flocks and I could not resist the excitement that came with getting that first set of day old chicks. My requirements in getting backyard chickens were a little different […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols I can’t believe this hasn’t happen before! Out of the three sets of chicks that I’ve raised since I entered the world of chicken farming, this is the first time I’ve had a pullet turn out to be a cockerel! I had my suspicions early on… She (he) grew faster than the other […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Grilling season is upon us! And what better way to make use of your outdoor cooking space than homemade sausage! Making chicken sausage is fun and easy, and a great way to utilize home-raised chickens that might be a little on the tough side. In my post Tough Meat, Tough Decisions, Intro […]Read more »
by Margaret E. Kellogg Hens will lay eggs without having a rooster, so how does one end up with 30 roosters? Well, we started out with one rooster, a Rhode Island Red named George. Then, when we obtained some Light Brahma chicks from the feed store, I got a rooster. They always say that there […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson It seems to me that this time of year has an urgency to it. Maybe it’s from all the children trying to pack a final few days of summer in before they head off to another year of school. Or, maybe it’s from the migratory birds and the hibernating mammals that need […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Many of my friends who keep chickens marvel at the array of roosters that we have living in harmony together. At one time we had 14 roosters coexisting happily in the same coop/yard. It’s getting to be that time of year when many of the cute little un-sexed chicks we raised in […]Read more »
by Taylor Miller Every week at Community Chickens, we get dozens of questions from people across the world, hoping to find someone who has shared a similar experience. We try to answer them all, and forward them on to experts where we can. But many of the questions are unique, and because of this, we […]Read more »
Our Barred Rock, after she regained the feathers she lost because of stress by Nancy Farrell Q: My chickens are pretty much bald on their back ends. They are all still laying and seem fine, but we were wondering what causes this and what can we do to fix it? – Lynnette A: Lynnette, chickens […]Read more »
by Susan Waughtal Our colorful rooster, Knickerbocker, ended up on our farm by accident. Two summers ago we raised 200 mixed-breed, heavy-body heritage breed roosters as broilers. When we took the last batch of 50 to be processed, one of the holding cage doors at the processor did not latch properly and six chickens escaped. […]Read more »
Midge crows, now that he’s top roost by Nancy Farrell Q. My father has a 6-month-old rooster that shows all the sexual characteristics of a beautiful, full comb and tail, but he does not crow or mate. Another rooster in the yard is dominant, but that hasn’t stopped other roosters. Any ideas? — Bettina A. […]Read more »