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Free-ranging is all the rage. You see it advertised in the grocery store for both meat and eggs and it something people who buy my eggs ask me about a lot. No one wants their food coming from a chicken who has been locked up all of their life, but free-ranging your flock comes […]Read more »
Joel Salatin (aka Chicken Man) is a familiar name among chicken keepers, small poultry business owners, and homestead rebels. We asked Joel to share with our readers how he got started with broiler chickens and what keeps him going. Beginnings On Sept. 24, 1982, I was a married 25-year-old with a 1-year-old son, doing the town […]Read more »
By Krislee Johnson Free-range of poultry is a great idea for the health of your flock, but it is not for everyone. Initially, my husband and I enjoyed having our flock run about our 25 acres. Not only did the birds enjoy the freedom, it also reduced feed costs during the spring, summer and fall […]Read more »
Pasture Your Poultry with a Chicken Tractor A well built chicken tractor may be the perfect home for your chickens, and a great way to aerate and fertilize the soil. For more farmstead videos and good advice visit The MOTHER EARTH NEWS and Friends Youtube. Visit Franny’s Farm at www.FrannysFarm.comRead more »
by Rebecca Nickols As this series of awe-inspiring chicken coops continues, I’m continually amazed at how creative, resourceful and imaginative some chicken keepers are when it comes to constructing their coop. It reminds me of how one person might look at an abandoned house and see only its pitfalls; while another person views the same neglected […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Chickens by themselves, they are a relatively inexpensive addition to any backyard. You can pick up a handful of chicks at your feed store for under $10. Feed and bedding for a small flock can be as little as $20 a month. Chickens are also pretty easy to care for. Daily maintenance, […]Read more »
Coop between the road and the hill by Meredith Chilson Photos by author We have 5 acres of land here: a long, narrow strip that includes our house, garden and chicken coop sandwiched between a county-maintained side road and a wooded hillside. Because of the proximity of the road and the fox den and hawk’s […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols Photos by author In my recent post Broodiness in the Coop, I wrote about how Henrietta (my Buff Orpington) is in a persistent state of broodiness … She has become so obsessed with entering motherhood that she spends her entire day sitting in a nesting box dreaming of her own flock of […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols Photos by author My young flock is going into their third week, and I’m always amazed at how fast little chicks grow! This group of young pullets are different from the previous chicks I’ve raised. They don’t care to be held, and when I do catch one they chirp and struggle to […]Read more »