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by Rebecca Nickols Every devoted chicken keeper knows there are times when you wonder if your friends really want to listen to your tales of how wonderful it is to have backyard chickens, but Community Chickens understands how endearing and full of personality a chicken can be! If you were looking for a way that you could […]Read more »
What does a DIY composter have to do with raising chickens? Well, if you have chickens, you have chicken manure … and if you’re a gardener (like me) this unlimited supply of manure can provide you with an endless supply of the world’s best organic fertilizer! In fact, out of the fluffy backside of an average-sized […]Read more »
by Jill of Blessed Beyond a Doubt Chickens are easy, inexpensive pets when compared to most other family pets. They require about 1 bag of Layer feed that usually lasts about a month for most backyard flocks. 1. Tasty– there is nothing better than fresh farm eggs. Once you’ve tasted fresh eggs, you will cringe […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols Last year I was asked by the Master Gardener chapter that I’m a member of to do Power Point presentation on backyard chickens. Since I’m more of a gardener than a farmer, I thought I would not only share the whys and hows of basic chicken keeping, but also how a gardener […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols While my heart goes out to those that were in the direct path of hurricane Isaac, the storm has brought some much needed rain to the drought-stricken Midwest. So far we’ve had two days of constant rain fluctuating from a drizzle to a downpour. Usually one associates rainy days with sadness, depression, […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols Ever since I received a gift of Nikon SLR several years ago, I’ve enjoyed photographing the outdoors: plants, insects, wildlife, etc. I’ve found that with a good camera and a lot of patience capturing a great shot isn’t as difficult as it would appear. Outdoor photography has one huge advantage; the beauty, […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols This past week, my husband and I headed for our local county fair, the Ozark Empire Fair. My main objective was eating lunch at Rudy’s BBQ; a family operated restaurant that’s been a regular fixture at the fair for over 60 years. This is not your typical fair-food; it’s slow-cooked authentic barbecue that’s only available […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Welcome to the final post in the sausage making series. This is where we turn those wonderful chicken sausage links into juicy, caramelized beauties. Smoking is an age-old tradition. It has been a practical and delicious technique to preserve and flavor food for centuries. In my last post, DIY Chicken Sausage, Part […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Welcome back to the DIY Chicken Sausage series! Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, and keeping the tradition of warm weather festivities, we will be grilling outdoors with friends and family. I have our music selection of Sousa marches, and patriotic overtures ready to mingle among the smoky scent of the charcoal […]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 »