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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 »
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 »
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 »
by Lisa at Fresh Eggs Daily We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day for us, and the same goes for our chickens. Treats should not be fed until the chickens have eaten their fill of their morning feed to ensure they are getting all the right nutrients and a […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Back in May, I wrote a blog post on “Feeding the Flock,” in which I explained how I change the types of feed my small flock of chickens eat: from the medicated starter that they briefly receive in their tiny little feeder when they are first hatched, until they are on layer […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols Q: Are hedge-apples safe for my hens to eat? …Pat Floyd A: This reader’s question caught my attention because I have Osage Orange trees (also known as hedge-apple, bodark, bowwood and bois d’arc) on my property and, like Pat, I wondered myself if I could supplement the chickens’ diet with the huge amount of […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke In my last post, I shared my experience supplementing my flock’s diet using My Pet Chicken’s Chickie Puffs.The chicks are now juveniles and no longer need a supplement made specifically for young chicks.They have become members of our flock and are just beginning to lay eggs in the nest boxes. Once all […]Read more »