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by Meredith Chilson Once upon a time there was a man who loved his granddaughters… Rich lives in Live Oak, Florida and has two enterprising granddaughters. About five years ago, when the girls were only 7 and 5 years old, they told their grandfather their dreams: one little girl had plans to go to Harvard, […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Several months ago, I invited all of the readers at Community Chickens to share their story with me. Since then, I have been busy reading your creative solutions to chicken keeping challenges. I have really enjoyed learning about your inventive designs for your coops. One of the more creative coop construction stories […]Read more »
by Meredith ChilsonIt’s probably no secret that I’m a bird lover. I have several backyard bird feeders, am often found slowly cruising summer back roads looking in shrubs for nests or even occasionally can be caught standing in my yard staring at the sky following the flight of a raven or the call of a […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson The holidays are looming, and I’ve pulled down the crates and tubs of decorations and ornaments from the high shelf in the garage. As I sort through the boxes, I realize that many of them are handmade—some of glitter, glue and toothpicks made by tiny hands, others of ceramic, glass or wood. […]Read more »
Rebecca Nickols What does a DIY composter have to do with raising chickens? Well, if you have chickens, you have chicken manure … and if you’re a gardener (like me) this unlimited supply of manure can provide you with an endless supply of the world’s best organic fertilizer! In fact, out of the fluffy backside […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols Photos by author Last year I was asked by the Master Gardener chapter that I’m a member of to do Power Point presentation on backyard chickens. Since I’m more of a gardener than a farmer, I thought I would not only share the whys and hows of basic chicken keeping, but also […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Photos by author It’s a long story. Several weeks ago, when we moved the teenagers into the main coop, our Buff Orpington hen, Mrs. Feathers, was so intrigued with the new birds that, apparently, she decided she wanted babies of her own. She retreated to a nesting box, fluffed up her feathers, […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Photos by author The original title of this post was “Do-It-Yourself: Grit/Shell Feeder”. After an afternoon struggling with the carpentry aspect of the feeder, I realized it wasn’t going to be done by MYself. For my handyman husband, however, this was an easy project. We recycle and save all sorts of things, […]Read more »
Jennifer Burcke Photos by author Imagine that you live in a small one room apartment without indoor plumbing. Living with you are your closest friends. You dine together in this space. You sleep in this space. You go to the bathroom, when necessary, in this space. It’s not the prettiest of mental pictures, is it? […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols Photos by author July 2012 will go down as one of the warmest and driest months on record for much of America–including my Southwest Missouri coop. During this epic drought and heat, the importance of providing your flock with access to clean cool water is more critical than ever. Record temperatures, high […]Read more »