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Story and photos by Lori Leigh The name breakfast casserole is misleading, don’t you think? I think it’s safe to say that as chicken keepers, we have all tried different kinds of breakfast casserole recipes. After all, it’s a great way to showcase those beautiful farm fresh eggs. Many breakfast casserole recipes use a few […]Read more »
Story and photos by Lori Leigh Although chickens can be very entertaining, they can also be complex, and dare I say…frustrating. For example, why, oh why do chickens break open eggs and eat them? Mmm hmm…complex to understand and frustrating to stop. Fresh eggs are one of the main reasons many people decide to raise […]Read more »
Jennifer Sartell Story and photos I’ve raised chickens since 1992. So that’s what?…25 years? Sheesh! Time flies when you’re raising chickens evidently. In those 25 years, I’ve noticed something. A correlation between offering a calcium supplement and difficult hatches. When I first started raising chickens there was no internet. No chicken forums, no Community Chickens. […]Read more »
Jennifer Sartell Story and photos It’s spring! As chicken keepers we should all be enjoying the increase of egg production with our flocks. The fall molt has long been over, the summer heat has not yet started and the longer daylight hours should be triggering a laying effect with your flock. Egg Laying Season This […]Read more »
Jennifer Sartell Story and photos It’s chick season! Many of you I’m sure, are visiting farm stores, firing up the incubators and placing orders with breeders and hatcheries for baby chicks. This year as you select the different breeds to add to your homestead, consider selecting a variety that will give you a colorful egg […]Read more »
Lori Leigh Story and photos Reasons For Blowing-Out Eggs -Crafts and Easter egg coloring are great reasons to blow out an egg. -Filled with mustard (to hopefully stop an egg eater) is popular among many chicken keepers. -Farm fresh eggs make beautiful arrangements. Blowing out the eggs will ensure that the eggs last. Tools and […]Read more »
Story and photos by Lori Leigh Why wait to plant seeds outside? You can start sunflower seeds in eggshells today, right inside your home. Tall, beautiful sunflowers are a welcome sight around my chicken coop and run. The sunflowers add a burst of color to our landscape and some needed shade for my ladies. Although […]Read more »
Krislee Johnson Story and photos While in the coop doing my morning chores I was met with an unusual surprise. An unfamiliar colored egg had found its way into one of my nesting boxes. I was use to seeing nearly every shade of brown from my eight hens but never one with a completely white […]Read more »
Jennifer Sartell Story and photos by author You can expand your flock by hatching eggs from a breeder. Chickens are some of the most varied animals ever domesticated by humans. The APA recognizes 65 breeds alone and there are many, many more hobby breeds, fancy breeds, and interesting egg layers beyond that. Have you ever […]Read more »
Hatching baby chicks in your own incubator is not only easy — it’s a blast! by Pascale Pearce This content is sponsored by Brinsea. I’ve heard from many backyard poultry enthusiasts who’d like to become more self-sufficient by hatching their own chicks, but who have concerns about the cost and difficulty of doing so. Well, there’s […]Read more »