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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 Sartell Photos by author So I started writing this blog post. A simple post about giving leftover whey to chickens. I was going to talk about how we’ve been making hard cheeses from our goat’s milk and how we have all this left over whey, and how somewhere in the cobwebs of my […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Photos by author Two weeks old and the fuzzy, sweet baby chicks are growing feathers. They have lovely wing feathers now and the neatest, perkiest tail feathers. I already miss the “baby days.” I’m very sure that one of the reasons these birds are growing so rapidly is directly related to the […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Photos by author A foot of snow fell at 1840 Farm on Thursday of last week. It was a cruel reminder that winter is not yet ready to release us from its icy grasp. It seemed incredibly harsh, given that we had enjoyed such warm sunshine only two days before. Nevertheless, […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Come closer, Dear Reader. I have a confession to make. I am about to tell you my deepest, darkest chicken-keeping secret. You already know that I raise chickens. What you don’t know is that I don’t eat chicken. No, I don’t mean that I don’t eat chickens that I raise. I mean […]Read more »