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Chickens Reimagined Chickens are egg-producing, garden-aerating, composting, fertilizing, little machines, i.e. the natural workhorses within a holistic system. Yet their multiple benefits for the homesteader are often overlooked. When designers plan an all-inclusive or permaculture property, they often “stack functions” by looking at… well… how to kill two birds with one stone. Or how to […]Read more »
Chickens provide free compost, fresh eggs, and are extremely helpful garden assistants by turning up soil, eating insects, and keeping weeds at bay. They’re part of the perfect garden trifecta: fruit and vegetables, chickens, and bees. They’re also wonderful on their own, without bees or dedicated vegetable gardens. So if you have some extra space in […]Read more »
This past spring our local feed mill went out of business, with no fair warning – ughh. Leaving us in a bit of a pickle, to say the least. We went to pick up feed one Saturday morning and found a note on the door stating the property was being foreclosed on. What were we […]Read more »
Our King Farm chicken adventure started out with a hatching at the Mother Earth News office. Fast-forward six months and we have 18 chickens and two ducks! As new homesteaders, we often think about cost and quality. When approached by Purina Animal Nutrition to try their organic layer feed with their Oyster Strong® System through […]Read more »
Rolling through the chicken feed aisle at our local farm-supply store can feel a little overwhelming. The “chicken diet” options have come a long way since I first brought home 6 broiler chickens when I was 14 and a bag of cracked corn. Our local feed store not only carries several brands of chicken feed […]Read more »
As fall descends upon us here in the North — bringing with it frosty nights and then snowy days — most of the green that covers the earth turns to brown. Now we must begin to give our animals a little extra help if they’re to make it through the long, dead winter. Chickens, for […]Read more »
Our chicks from this spring are beginning to lay eggs! Our Leghorns were born on March 1st. It took 162 days from birth to laying hen. You can see the new layer’s egg (right) isn’t quite as big as a 2 year-old hen (left). The French Black Copper Marans that I hatched out […]Read more »
by Wendy EN Thomas of Lessons Learned from the Flock I heard a familiar question in a recent chicken workshop I gave – “Aren’t chickens vegetarians?” Another student immediately piped up, “Well not if you count bugs as meat.” Which is true, chickens eat bugs and worms, so in the strictest sense of the term, […]Read more »
by Heather Nicholson of Scratch Cradle Do you want to save money on your feed bill? Do you want better feed conversion, stronger shells, shinier feathers, and healthier birds? If you are willing to do a little extra work, you can ferment your chicken feed and reap a bounty of rewards. What is fermented feed? […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Have you ever wondered why commercial chicken food comes in three different forms? In this post I’ll explain my experience with crumbles, pellets and mash, and hopefully it will help you decide what’s best for your flock. Growing up, I did not live in a farming community. At the time, there was […]Read more »