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A blog post from new blogger Sandra Cryder Why am I obsessed with poultry? I’ve been thinking about this lately as I watch my flock gamble across the yard. My grandparents were farmers, but they raised hogs. My parents and I lived in town and our pets were dogs. The only time I encountered a […]Read more »
With chickens’ popularity at fever-pitch now, thousands of first-time chicken keepers will be bringing home chicks for the first time this summer. Unfortunately, if you don’t research your breed correctly, you could well end up buying the wrong chicken. You should make sure you understand what makes the ideal chicken breed before you go buying […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Story and photos Spring is coming! Well, not for a while, but it’s nice to think about anyway. In Michigan, the winters are long and depressing. I just read an article titled “Every State, Ranked by How Miserable its Winters Are” with Michigan coming in second to Minnesota. We even beat Alaska! […]Read more »
Years ago when I was entering the world of backyard chicken keeping, I pondered the vast variety of chicken breeds to choose from… I knew I wanted a breed that would be winter hardy, a good egg layer and also “family friendly”. After searching through hatchery websites, online chicken forums, and poultry magazines – I decided […]Read more »
By Meredith Chilson Right around Independence Day, I start thinking about my own roots. It’s a good time for vacationing near historic sights, exploring heritage, delving into the mysteries of fore-fathers (and mothers). I thought you might be interested, as am I, in the history of the domestic chicken. When researching my genealogical roots, I […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson It takes a long time to write a good story. Sometimes years. Besides the basics of plot, character and setting, a proper story should have intrigue, romance, adventurous nail biting moments, a bit of tragedy…and a happy ending. I have just such a story for you. Well, minus the romance, but including […]Read more »
Rebecca Nickols Photos by author This past week, my husband and I headed for our local county fair, the Ozark Empire Fair. My main objective was eating lunch at Rudy’s BBQ; a family operated restaurant that’s been a regular fixture at the fair for over 60 years. This is not your typical fair-food; it’s slow-cooked authentic barbecue that’s […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols Photos by author This spring the Master Gardener chapter that I’m a member of is doing a series of gardening classes and I’m excited that I will be doing a presentation entitled “Gardening with Chickens!” Before I start proclaiming the joys and benefits a gardener can expect from having a few […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols I’m going into my second winter of chicken-keeping, but this is the first molt I (or my chickens) have experienced. What I have observed is a splotchy, tousled appearance, and it may be my imagination but it seems that they’re more nervous, panicky and fearful of everything. However, the most apparent observation […]Read more »
Guest post by Claire Culver If you are reading this article it’s a fair bet that you’re interested in chickens. Perhaps you’re considering adding a few feathered friends to the family. Or maybe it’s 3 o’clock in the morning and, bolstered by enthusiasm and insomnia, you’re about to go to the first hatchery you find […]Read more »