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by Rebecca Nickols By definition New Year’s resolutions are commitments that a person makes pertaining to personal goals, projects, or reforming habits. I originally intended to share my (chicken-related) goals for the upcoming year. For example: I plan on fencing in my remaining gardens or build a larger run for the chickens. I am also going to […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols Antique stores, flea markets and thrift shops seemed to have regained popularity in the last few years. I’ve always enjoyed browsing antique malls, swap meets and garage sales, but lately my teenage daughters also enjoy finding “treasures” from the past… I think it’s amusing that a few years back a teenager wouldn’t dare tell a […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols This month’s featured “Cool Coop” caught my attention for two reasons… The first reason is obvious; the coop is fantastic. It’s not only well crafted and constructed, it’s also an attractive addition to the landscape. But when chicken keeper, Liz Nylen, sent me the story and photos of her coop, what really got me […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols A few common concerns of first time chicken owners (who have a dog as a pet) are: “How will the dog react to the chickens?” “Should I keep the chickens and dog(s) separated?” “What breed of dogs is best to keep around chickens?” I had the same questions with my first flock of […]Read more »
Today it’s Thanksgiving on my Southwest Missouri property and I have much to be thankful for: my family and friends, a great job and the fact that I live in a country where my blessings are too many to list… I’m also thankful for my backyard flock of chickens! In addition to the delicious (and […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell This month’s story takes us to Kathy Bopps beautiful coop in Pulaski, VA. But before we head to Virginia, I thought I would share some interesting facts about how y’all prefer your turkey. The Community Chicken readers have spoken, and it looks as though most of you will be enjoying a brined, […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols Fall is definitely a time of falling–leaves and feathers! My older hens have been molting for the last month and they look a sight! The coop is full of feathers, but it’s void of what I treasure the most–eggs! In fact the molting hens’ egg production has fallen off so drastically I […]Read more »
By Rebecca Nickols Spiders… It’s just something about their creepy-crawly legs and huge venomous fangs that can elicit a panic attack in an otherwise rational person. This is especially evident when a normally sane individual walks into a spiderweb at nighttime. Everyone knows that the largest, most poisonous spiders are nocturnal and are patiently waiting to attack an unsuspecting human… Actually, […]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 Last weekend I made bone broth for the first time. I had roasted a chicken earlier in the week, and after the chicken dinner had been eaten, and leftover sandwiches been made, I was left with the carcass, bones and grizzle. Secretly, …this is what I was after. I’ve been doing a […]Read more »