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It’s cold, very cold outside, here in Western New York. We have plenty of snow, which makes it difficult—and sometimes downright dangerous—to visit friends, hang out at the local diner/coffee shop, and keep up with the community gossip…er, news. Television “marathon” programs are re-runs. I’m thinking it’s time to shake things up a little with […]Read more »
By Shannon Cole of Country Girl In The Village Coconut Oil has become all the rage these days and for some great reasons. The oil is said to have antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties. It contains healthy fats that have been said to help with weight loss, heart disease and diabetes. There are skin care […]Read more »
By Meredith Chilson I think I’m going to raise meat birds this spring. Here’s why: I’ve been tempted by photos and catalogues offering little chicks once too often. You’re getting those catalogues in the mailbox and photos in your news feed, too, aren’t you? Doesn’t it make you think of spring and new life and […]Read more »
Mid January, it is that time of year that I am really looking forward to Spring. Our ground is still frozen and snow covered. The days are short, but growing longer and all I need to get excited are seed and hatchery catalogs. When I first got chickens I was on a free for […]Read more »
by Wendy EN Thomas from Lessons Learned from the Flock It’s the second time I’ve noticed this in a bird in my flock. Somehow, part of a toe seems to be missing. It’s odd because I’ve never seen any of the birds limping, and I certainly haven’t noticed any kind of trauma or injury, and […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Do you grow sprouts? If you do, are they for your own use—salads, stir-fries, crunchy sandwich toppers? Or, have you grown them for your chickens? Last winter, I was asked to try growing fodder for my chickens. I discovered that the green fodder mat became a healthy addition to the flock’s daily […]Read more »
Did you know chicken leg socks could travel? We recently took a cruise to the Western Caribbean and the socks had a lot of adventures! We thought we’d share some of the fun with you. You wouldn’t believe the looks we socks got but we had so much fun. AND, if you head on over […]Read more »
Are you worried about your flock for the cold weather that is upon us? Don’t fret! By doing a few things, your chickens will be fine. Remember…chickens are birds, not mammals. Some things to ponder: Chickens have survived winter weather for many many years (before electricity – heated coops and water heaters were not heard […]Read more »
I am the chicken person in my family. It is a great conversation opener and people love to send me all things chicken in the form of emails and Facebook posts. Lately, I have gotten my fair share of chicken sweater pictures. Really, Chicken Sweaters are a “thing”. I had no idea.Read more »
Chicken coops are like real estate. After all, a coop is a house, right? Housing for humans and chickens are really needed for the same reason: shelter from the elements of life. How fancy or simple a house or coop is, depends on the person (not the chicken – I have yet to meet a […]Read more »