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Free-range of poultry is a great idea for the health of your flock, but it is not for everyone. Initially, my husband and I enjoyed having our flock run about our 25 acres. Not only did the birds enjoy the freedom, it also reduced feed costs during the spring, summer and fall months. Now that […]Read more »
The garden has died off, trees have dropped their brilliantly colored leaves, the once persistent buzzing of insects has slowly quieted; chickens have less to find as they spend the shorter days scratching about the yard. My chickens spend more time in the wooded section of our property verse the dying off meadow like field.They are turning […]Read more »
As a gardener and a chicken keeper, I’m always trying new ways to coexist with my free ranging flock. I’ve given presentations through my local Extension Center and Master Gardener chapter on how I take advantage of the benefits of having backyard chickens (free fertilizer and pest control) and at the same time protect my […]Read more »
Do chickens like to free range? That seems like such a simple question to me. In my experience as a backyard chicken keeper as well as growing up in a rural area, chickens like to free range. Have you ever seen a bird sunning themselves and thought they weren’t enjoying that moment? Dust bath anyone? […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson It seems I’ve been part of many friendly discussions over the past few weeks. Friends with chickens, who used to have chickens, who know someone who used to have chickens, those who eat eggs for breakfast, or know someone who used to eat eggs have weighed in and commented on several aspects […]Read more »
by Liz Hessen of For the Love of Chicken Poop We’ve only had chickens while living in the city so I have no actual experience with raising them in the country except what I’ve garnered from those who do. I can give you our experiences and my educated guess at comparisons! Run Decor Our chicks […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols What a wonderful surprise I’ve discovered! Less than a mile from my property are several bald eagles overwintering. I can’t imagine that this is their first winter here, but then again I don’t know how I’ve missed them for the past ten years… With the trees now bear of leaves, their large […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Isn’t it interesting how connections are made between people? I was sitting next to a very nice lady at a meeting a month or so ago, and she mentioned that her sons were taking orders for popcorn, as a benefit for another local organization. We love popcorn; I like to help out kids’ […]Read more »
by Jill of Blessed Beyond a Doubt Chickens are easy, inexpensive pets when compared to most other family pets. They require about 1 bag of Layer feed that usually lasts about a month for most backyard flocks. 1. Tasty– there is nothing better than fresh farm eggs. Once you’ve tasted fresh eggs, you will cringe […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols This month’s “Cool Coop” is guaranteed to bring a smile to your day! The on-going theme of this series of unique, creative and inspiring coops is–recycling, re-purposing, reusing… I think that everyone would agree that a reclaimed school bus chicken coop is about as cool as it gets! I love the idea of […]Read more »