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by Meredith Chilson …when’s she gonna lay an egg? Not so very long ago I was waiting for the mailman to bring my box of baby chicks. Now, I’m waiting again—for the very first egg from those same chicks. They’re no longer considered chicks, though—they are “pullets”—the proper word for female chickens […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell We gather a lot of eggs around here. We have 42 hens, and on a good day, it’s not out of the question to collect 42 eggs, but for the most part, our daily average is around 26. This number changes depending on many factors, including the number of hens we have […]Read more »
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 realize that sometimes […]Read more »
by Kelli Simpson We had this coop made by an out-of-work cabinet maker. Fortunately, he had chickens too and knew something of their needs. The “custom” part of the coop is the living roof, which we planted with a seed mix called chicken salad! Although the coop is more than adequate for our flock of […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols Since we built our chicken coop one year ago, I’ve enjoyed sharing the construction and design. I particularly like how the red color stands out and, of course, I love the living roof! But what about the inside of the coop? I’m going to show you a peek behind the doors of […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Q: I’m wondering if one can get a hen to go broody and hatch eggs that one might order online. Does anyone know?— Rachel A: This is a great question, Rachel, and one that others might be wondering about on these “thinking about spring” days.The most honest answer to this is, however, […]Read more »
by Karla T. Q. Our hen is laying eggs on the floor. How to get her in the nesting boxes or doesn’t it matter? — Karen S., West Sunbury, Pennsylvania A. The main reason that I would say it does matter where they lay is that you want to be able to FIND them. For […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell At times I thought we were crazy, as each chick found its way home in a makeshift cardboard box. Heat blasting from the car blower to keep things nice and toasty, I would stop at a red light, wipe the sweat from my forehead and peek in the box one more time […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson We’re only a few days away from the winter solstice. The nights are long; the days are short. This morning the sun rose at 7:30 and by 4:30 this afternoon it will have faded away behind the hills. My hens spend a lot of time on their roosts. I thought this would […]Read more »
by Karla T. We’ve always had a lot of self-sufficient living books at our house. The Almanac of Rural Living, Back to Basics, Making the Best of Basics and many more. So when we decided to start keeping chickens I did a LOT of reading both online and in our personal library. One book that […]Read more »