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Our morning started early on the day of butcher. After breakfast and some coffee we were eager to get started. I think we were most interested in getting past the actual act of dispatching birds. That would be no fun for anyone involved. Another issue weighing heavily on my mind was letting go of one […]Read more »
As we prepare to butcher I am getting excited over the prospect of putting meat in our freezer. The flock is in desperate need of being thinned out after this spring’s incubator hatch. With 31 birds, three of them being young turkeys, space is soon to be at a premium in the coop. Quite frankly, […]Read more »
Download this episode (right click and save) In this episode Kellsey Trimble, Managing Editor of Grit Magazine, sits down with Alison Martin of the Livestock Conservancy, Bill Ahrens and Kevin Fletcher of New Country Organics, and Victoria Miller author of “Pure Poultry.” These experts share their tips on and stories to help us understand how to […]Read more »
After a winter break, the chickens are well rested and ready to earn their keep again. 😉 There are many ways you can put your chickens to work this Spring, and they are happy to do so… Egg Production With longer days and warmer weather upon us, the ladies become more consistent with their egg […]Read more »
It is that time of year when wood ash is easily accessible. If you have access to wood ash from a fire place or wood burning stove, why not put it to work for your chickens. Dust Bathing Natural – All year round, dust bathing is a chicken’s natural way of keeping clean. Necessary – […]Read more »
Winter chicken keeping can be a little bit daunting for many people. You worry if your birds are getting enough to eat. Is their diet varied? What about frozen water? Predators are hungry and more determined for a meal. Plus, if you live in a snowy area like me, it is cold, cold, cold outside.Read more »
Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love the coziness of thick sweaters and the warming effects of a good fire and a hot cup of coffee. I love to watch the birds head south and the trees light up with the brilliant colors of the season. Everything is so vibrant! It symbolizes harvest, […]Read more »
This month’s giveaway is a positive political chicken themed prize! The decision this election is a tough one, but if a chicken were running for president – what would the campaign issues be? – Free range for all – Protection from predators?? I asked this question to our Facebook Community of bipartisan chicken keepers and here are some of the top campaign promises they would offer:Read more »
The scorching sun… The sticky humidity… The hot temperatures… Chickens natural way of keeping cool is to spread their feathers to let the heat escape. They are also smart enough to seek shade, create dust bathing areas, and drink plenty of water. Although they do a pretty good job of keeping themselves cool, I (along […]Read more »
Today is the first day of the Spring season. It is a time of renewal and rebirth. All around my home, life is returning from its dormant winter sleep. The birds are chirping. Nests are being built. The trees are starting to bud. There is promise in the air of all the things to come. […]Read more »