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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 months. Now that […]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. Visit Homestead Hustle for more from Franny’s Farm and great tips on profiting from your homestead! Find Homestead Hustle on Facebook – Network with us on LinkedIn! […]Read 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 […]Read more »
Coop between the road and the hill by Meredith ChilsonWe 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 nest on the side […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols 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 be free. I’ve […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols 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 that I will be doing a presentation entitled “Gardening with Chickens.” In my previous posts for Community Chickens I shared the first two portions of my presentation: Why Chickens? and The […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols My husband and I had both been dreaming of tractors … His dream was of a tractor that he could attach things to (front loaders, back hoes, augers, brush hogs). My idea of a tractor, however, was a movable coop that I could strategically place in my yard or garden. My dream […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson It seems to me that this time of year has an urgency to it. Maybe it’s from all the children trying to pack a final few days of summer in before they head off to another year of school. Or, maybe it’s from the migratory birds and the hibernating mammals that need […]Read more »