Community Coops! – A bimonthly feature highlighting the blogs of our partners
Mother Earth News and Grit. This week’s featured blogger is Anna Twitto, who writes from her home in Isreal. Follow the links below as Anna shares a few tips on chicken keeping and her thoughts on broody hens vs. incubaters:
So perhaps you’re like us — you wish you had chickens and feel that your sustainable, self-reliant life wouldn’t be complete without some hens clucking and pecking around your back yard. However, you’re a little intimidated by actually jumping in. Here’s my two cents, after several years of raising chickens under our belts:
Follow this link to read Anna’s 7 Tips for Beginning Chicken Keepers
After several years of raising chickens, and with many broods of chicks under our belts, I thought I would outline some of our experiences in hatching chicks using an incubator, vs. doing it the natural way — that is, by a broody hen. Should you go for nature or technology? What are the pros and cons of each option?
Follow this link to find out what option worked for Anna:
In my previous post, I discussed several points comparing the relative benefits of using incubators for hatching chicks vs. doing things the natural way — that is, assigning the job to a broody. Today I am going to cover some more factors influencing the chicken owner’s decision on this matter.
Follow this link to read more of Anna’s experience hatching chicks:
Anna Twitto’s academic background in nutrition made her care deeply about real food and seek ways to obtain it. Anna and her husband live on a plot of land in Israel. They aim to grow and raise a significant part of their food by maintaining a vegetable garden, keeping a flock of backyard chickens and foraging. Connect with Anna on Facebook, find her as SmallFlocksMom on Earthineer, and read more about her current projects on her blog – Domestic Felicity. Read all Anna’s Mother Earth News posts here.
Be sure to visit Anna’s articles and leave an encouraging comment!
Whether it’s our first flock or we’ve had years of experience tending the coop, we’re all part of the wonderful community of backyard chickens!