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by Rebecca Nickols Can cats and chickens coexist? I have five cats of my own and until recently, this hasn’t been an issue of concern. Years ago my border collies and cats developed some sort of agreement on the boundaries on our property. The dogs rule the front yard and the cats reside in the […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols Japanese Beetles … they’re every gardener’s nightmare. These pests (similar in appearance to a June bug) have been in the United States since 1916, supposedly carried into our country inadvertently on plants from Japan. Since their introduction, they have been slowly making their way across the United States. I can’t think of […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson A reader has asked for advice on what to do about his 1-year-old flock of two Rhode Island Reds and three Wyandottes. They have begun eating eggs as fast as they are laid, and he wonders if he will have to butcher his entire flock. I’ve done a bit of research on […]Read more »
by Taylor Miller Every week at Community Chickens, we get dozens of questions from people across the world, hoping to find someone who has shared a similar experience. We try to answer them all, and forward them on to experts where we can. But many of the questions are unique, and because of this, we […]Read more »
by Rachel Hurd Anger We’ve finally built a compost bin, and while it’s not totally complete just yet, we’re using it. Finally, there’s a place for filthy chicken bedding, yard waste and kitchen scraps other than directly in the garden. Every afternoon, I take out the day’s kitchen scraps, food the kids didn’t finish or […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols Q: What is the nutritional value of free-range eggs versus eggs laid by hens in a pen? – Curt Stowell A: If you’re referring to commercial eggs, controversy surrounds the debate. Just looking at the egg cartons can cause confusion: cage-free, free range, grass-fed, organic, brown, white … The labels are often […]Read more »
by Nancy Farrell Q. I was wondering how the garden would fare if chickens were allowed to free range? Will they eat everything if not fenced off? – Chris, from Medaryville, Ind. A. Great question, Chris! One that I think I can help you with. When we first got our chickens I too visualized a […]Read more »
by Rachel Hurd Anger After weeks of expecting our chickens to lay eggs any moment, and day after day of walking out to the coop and walking back to the house feeling disappointed, Tuesday afternoon I plodded out there thinking it’d be just another eggless day. I’d been taking it a little personally. Only our […]Read more »
There’s not much else like watching my little chickens in the snow. Poor little things without any shoes, eating smashed grains—cereal, essentially. Yeah, they’ll eat anything, and their grains provide all they need, but they’re animals who eat living things; they’re omnivores just like the people who keep them … trapped under a cold, depressing […]Read more »
by Rachel Hurd Anger Despite nearly 4 1/2 years in Louisville, I’m still getting used to the climate differences from my home state of Michigan. The warmer, shorter winters are great, but the summers are far too long (for me), way too hot, and there’s nary a thunderstorm in sight late summer when everything turns […]Read more »