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by Melissa Caughey of Tilly’s Nest What a hot topic this always seems to be across the poultry world and backyard chicken keepers. Some folks, will tell you that they never deworm their flocks. Others, will tell you that they religiously deworm their flock every six months. Some use traditional deworming products while others prefer natural […]Read more »
By Shannon Cole of Country Girl In The Village October is one of my favorite months of the year. I love that the hustle and bustle of August and September have started to slow. Harvest time is finishing up, my garden is dormant and school routines have been established. The leaves are changing to […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson One feather amongst many. The ground in the chicken yard and the floor under the roosts in the coop are littered with feathers this week, as the chickens shed their faded, tattered plumage, and the annual molt begins. This feather was different than the others. Larger, longer, and imbued with a […]Read more »
By Wendy E. N. Thomas We’re heading into the colder months and new-time chicken owners are already starting to have anxiety attacks. “How, oh how will I be able to keep my babies warm?” they fret as they look into expensive heaters and even sweaters knit for chickens. Chickens have always known what to […]Read more »
by Melissa Caughey of Tilly’s Nest Suddenly everywhere you look feathers are abundant in the coop. My kids often tell me it looks as though a chicken has exploded! Chickens over one year of age typically molt each fall. This is the time when they replace all their feathers on their body just in time for […]Read more »
In an effort to live a “greener” life, in my family, we try to use, reuse and recycle just about everything. The Farm Markets around us are full of great seasonal produce. Walking around the Market, talking to the local farmer, asking where the produce is grown and which variety it is that I am […]Read more »
Beekeeping is beginning to buzz and I am finding that many folks who keep chickens are beginning to consider keeping bees. Many consider chicken keeping the gateway into other homesteading adventures such as gardening and now seemingly, bees! When I first began considering keeping bees four years ago, it was important for me to research […]Read more »
by Nancy Farrell Well, it is time to start thinking and planning our flocks for 2011. The e-mails have started telling us that spring orders for chicks may now be placed. If you’ve read some of my past posts you’ll know that for 2010 we got a variety of chicken breeds to see which of […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Come closer, Dear Reader. I have a confession to make. I am about to tell you my deepest, darkest chicken-keeping secret. You already know that I raise chickens. What you don’t know is that I don’t eat chicken. No, I don’t mean that I don’t eat chickens that I raise. I mean […]Read more »
by Jennifer Kendall Many people have heard of heirloom seeds, vegetables and fruits, but did you know there are heirloom breeds of livestock and poultry. Often referred to as “heritage,” these animals once roamed America’s pastoral landscape, but today they face the threat of extinction. Modern agriculture’s focus on increased yield and production has led […]Read more »