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Many of us joke that our hobby flocks don’t pay the bills. Let’s change that! Patrica Foreman and Victoria Miller join us to share their expertise on monetizing your flock. Thank you Brinsea for Sponsoring this episode! To see Brinsea’s incubator, chick brooder, and coop door in action, check them out during the Mother Earth News […]Read more »
This is a companion piece to Liz Fulghum’s article Low-Maintenance Backyard Chickens. Here Liz provides detailed equipment lists and instructions for building a low-maintenance food and water system for your backyard chickens. This DIY food and water system is ideal for a backyard flock of 3 to 6 chickens and for busy urban homesteaders with […]Read more »
It’s been my experience that the more natural a life you can provide animals, the less health problems you will experience and the less money you will have to spend to keep your animals happy. We’ve raised chickens both in a free range setting and in a contained coop and run. And even though […]Read more »
Community Coops! – A bimonthly feature highlighting the blogs of our partners Mother Earth News and Grit. This week’s featured blogger is Jennifer Quinn, who writes from her homestead in rural Virginia. Follow the links below as Jennifer shares the adorable antics of a the newest members of her flock.Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke from 1840 Farm Fall is in the air Earlier this week, we had a frost warning here in New Hampshire. Thankfully, the mercury stayed above 40 degrees and both the garden and our hens were unfazed. While it is a bit early for us to be heeding frost warnings, I know that fall […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson The original title of this post was “Do-It-Yourself: Grit/Shell Feeder”. After an afternoon struggling with the carpentry aspect of the feeder, I realized it wasn’t going to be done by MYself. For my handyman husband, however, this was an easy project. We recycle and save all sorts of things, so if you […]Read more »
by Hank Will — Photographed by Suzanne Griepentrog At the end of the original Community Chickens Project in 2009, headed up by the editors of Grit and Mother Earth News magazines, Grit editor, Hank Will invited several project contributors to his Osage County Kansas farm to teach them how to humanely clean and package the […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell One of my favorite types of articles to read in magazines like Grit, Mother Earth News or here on Community Chickens are posts about different styles of chicken coops. It’s fascinating to see how each family takes a different approach to housing their animals. Whether it’s a collection of recycled bits and […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke It’s official: The Purina 60 Day See the Difference Challenge has come to an end at 1840 Farm. At least the 60 day part. Farming and raising food for my family is a journey of the never-ending variety. Sixty days may come and go, but the challenge remains. During the 60 days, […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson It seems to me that this time of year has an urgency to it. Maybe it’s from all the children trying to pack a final few days of summer in before they head off to another year of school. Or, maybe it’s from the migratory birds and the hibernating mammals that need […]Read more »