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by Rebecca Nickols Photos by author The first of May I purchased three adorable chicks from our local hatchery in Springfield, Mo., Estes Hatchery. I chose this hatchery partly because of the variety of birds they had to choose from and the fact that they had a good success rate in sexing chicks. (I’d rather […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Photos by author We gather a lot of eggs around here. We have 42 hens, and on a good day, it’s not out of the question to collect 42 eggs, but for the most part, our daily average is around 26. This number changes depending on many factors, including the number of […]Read more »
By Cortney Cogswell Photos by author Summers in Texas can be brutal for everyone, including chickens. Last week was no exception, so we gave the kids a summertime treat. Now, normally when we are done with a watermelon, I scoop out any red flesh that’s left and use the rind to make pickled watermelon. But […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols Photos by author Q: How long are eggs good if you find them in a hidden spot outside of your coop? Our days have not been above 45 degrees for a month and we believe that these eggs are up to three weeks old. – Stan A: Stan, I’ve always thought that […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson I haven’t purchased eggs in about three years, not since my backyard flock of hens started laying. I’m happy to use fresh, flavorful eggs. I wasn’t worried a bit when the salmonella scare hit last year. I know my hens. I know what and where they’ve been eating; I know that the […]Read more »
Guest post by Claire Culver My husband and I volunteer with FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program along with Zombie Squad, a nonprofit with a similar mission (but much funnier name and attitude). Both are dedicated to personal safety and disaster preparation/response. I have even become a trainer in the CERT program. However, I […]Read more »