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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 »
While most backyard chickens exist for the production of eggs and meat, compost is an equally valuable resource the chicken run can provide. Even better, the bulk of the labor is free, and copious amounts of compost pays in dividends. The birds are happier and healthier because there’s no better place to find insects and […]Read more »
The Cream Legbar chicken has quickly gained popularity with chicken keepers all over the U.S. since it was introduced about a decade ago. And it’s easy to see why with their beautiful blue eggs, exotic appearances and spunky, free-ranging personalities! Get to know the breed better and see if it’s a good fit for your […]Read more »
Michele Cook — A few years ago, I did something crazy. I quit my nearly six figure job to start a small farm. My husband lovingly called it “the hippie plan”. Basically, I would have laying hens, milk goats for soap, and a large garden. I would hawk my wares at the local farmer’s market […]Read more »
Learn more about the history of backyard chickens. For new chickens keepers and experienced ones alike, here’s an excerpt from Amy K. Fewell’s The Homesteader’s Natural Chicken Keeping Handbook. You can read more of Amy’s work in The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion Chicken History and Terminology Chickens have taken over the world! We can find chickens in most […]Read more »
Call for Authors Community Chickens is looking for authors who are interested in writing paid articles for the website. Have a topic that you really want to dig into and share with everyone? Look over the guidelines below and send in a query!! We look forward to working with you. COMMUNITY CHICKENS Writer’s Guidelines […]Read more »
This Breed Profile is proudly brought to you by The Livestock Conservancy! The Crèvecoeur chicken is one of the oldest of the standard-bred fowls of France. The breed gets its name from Crève-Coeur en Ange, a small town in Normandy, France. The breed’s name translates as “broken heart” as in the romantic sense. Little is […]Read more »
How to Care for Chickens During Wildfires by Kaylee Vaughn If you currently live in the Western United States, you are most likely dealing with the effects of wildfires. I am lucky to live in an area that is not directly threatened by the fires, but we are experiencing very smoky conditions! According to the […]Read more »
By Krislee Johnson Beyond what might be obvious, chickens can be quite the addition to your lifestyle no matter where you live. Here are the top 5 reasons why I think raising chickens should be something everyone should try. EGGS, EGGS, EGGS If there is one thing we all know about chickens it is […]Read more »
By Krislee Johnson Over the past year, my coop has evolved with the seasons. During the first year I quickly learned what might have worked for the summer didn’t work well for the winter. Because my coop and pen areas are in 3 parts it allows me plenty of flexibility. The coop is for sleeping […]Read more »