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Kaylee Vaugh de-mythtifies eggs for us. Over the last several decades, it has became less common for people to keep chickens and many people have become more disconnected from their food sources. Because of this, many myths have become commonly accepted. I’m sure that every chicken keeper has no doubt heard (and maybe even believed!) a […]Read more »
Permaculture writer Jonathon Engels walks us through the basics of using chicken manure and a compost pile to make an outdoor water heater. With chickens comes manure, often in quantities and in places we’d rather not think about. But, make no mistake, chicken manure in the right—dare we say—hands is valuable stuff. Most of us […]Read more »
Turkeys are pretty healthy birds, but they can catch some diseases. Luckily, you can vaccinate your birds for many of them. Turkey Diseases Turkeys are generally healthy birds. Most backyard farmers will tell you while the birds may be fragile for the first couple of weeks, they grow into robust adults with few health problems. […]Read more »
Blogger Kacey Bradley helps you chose the best flooring for your chicken coop needs. Whether you are brand new to owning and caring for chickens, or a seasoned pro, there are a variety of factors to consider when building a good quality chicken coop. Chicken coop flooring is one of the most important aspects of a […]Read more »
Teaching Young Guineas to Range — But Not Too Far! Audrey Stallsmith shares stories and tips for keeping your free-range loving guineas closer to home. Time for a New Flock Many years have elapsed since my elderly parents and I hatched 20 guinea eggs in a homemade incubator constructed from a Styrofoam cooler. Most of […]Read more »
Part of our Breed Profiles series, Cayuga ducks are a medium-sized duck with stunning green-black plumage. History The earliest documentation of the distinctive black Cayuga ducks shows them living in the western, central region of New York state where the Cayuga peoples lived. Often found on or near Cayuga Lake, one of the Finger Lakes, […]Read more »
Most fungi are beneficial or harmless, but a few will cause serious health issues in your chickens. Fungi comprise a kingdom of organisms that include molds, mildews, yeasts, and mushrooms. These related organisms share the following characteristics: They have a nucleus, or core. They lack chlorophyll and thus are unable to produce their own food, […]Read more »
New blogger Kacey Bradley shares useful tips for keeping your coops clean using natural products. A clean coop makes clean chickens, and clean chickens make productive chickens. It is important to keep your chicken coop clean and free of insects, pests and bacteria, but how do you do this without the use of harmful chemicals? There […]Read more »
Open Sesame: Coop Doors that Open on Command Frank Hyman knows about DIY and being inventive. Here are some of his ideas for automatic chicken coop doors. The Basic Pop-Door One important goal for our chicken-keeping adventure was to continue enjoying two-week vacations a couple times a year. However, one common feature of most coops […]Read more »
Blogger Elle Pugsley shares some winterizing ideas from southern England. Cold and Windy Now that we are into the cold, windy, wet winter months it was time to make some changes in my chicken run. It gets awful windy where we are near the sea in the south of England, we’ve had the top line of our […]Read more »