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by Kathy Shea Mormino It’s that time of year when I do a major coop cleaning and this year, it’s an easier task than ever before due to a few simple modifications that were made in our coops. Not only is it faster to complete the semi-annual ‘deep cleanings,’ but I find that I am […]Read more »
You wouldn’t spray chemicals in your baby’s crib to clean it, would you? Of course not. Nor do you want to use chemicals when you clean your chicken coop, no matter how dirty it gets. Products such as Sevin Dust, household bleach, aerosols sprays, creosote and other potentially hazardous products have no place in or […]Read more »
by Kathy Shea Mormino When I was preparing to welcome my first dozen baby chicks home, I spent nearly a year reading books and researching online to absorb all I could about caring for chickens. The internet is a powerful tool, but it is also the birthplace of many a cyber-legend and I came across […]Read more »
Last evening on my way down to the barn, I stopped to grab a few handfuls of fresh herbs from the garden as I often do. I just snip whatever there is an abundance of, since all herbs have such great health benefits – to humans and chickens – and put scattered them in the […]Read more »
Jennifer Sartell Photos by author A couple of years ago we went to The Grandpa Tiny’s Chicken Show. It’s a spectacular display of beautiful and rare poultry. The finest of the finest in our mid-Michigan area. At the show, I remember passing a cage among the junior entries with a Silkie in it. This […]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 »
by Meredith Chilson Photos by author Some years ago, we had a lovely neighbor who could grow anything. I would take my babies to visit with her, and we would come home with the back of the car filled with cuttings and clippings of various herbs and pots and buckets of perennials. I think […]Read more »
It happens time and time again, but it is heartbreaking to me every time I hear it. Readers too often tell me that they brought home a new chicken from a swap or got a few pullets from a friend or neighbor to add to their existing flock and now all their chickens are sick […]Read more »
It is generally good practice to spend time with your flock on a regular basis (as if you don’t already!), apart from the regular feeding and cleaning, but really observing them, so that you know what is ‘normal’ and immediately notice any changes in appearance or behavior. The faster you can identify a health issue […]Read more »