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by Jennifer Burcke Chicken coops are like snowflakes: no two are exactly alike. They come in every imaginable size, shape, and color. If you don’t believe me, visit the Coops and DIY Pinterest board for Community Chickens. There are over 230 coop and coop related pins there and the number seems to grow every day. […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols This past week, my husband and I headed for our local county fair, the Ozark Empire Fair. My main objective was eating lunch at Rudy’s BBQ; a family operated restaurant that’s been a regular fixture at the fair for over 60 years. This is not your typical fair-food; it’s slow-cooked authentic barbecue that’s only available […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Imagine that you live in a small one room apartment without indoor plumbing. Living with you are your closest friends. You dine together in this space. You sleep in this space. You go to the bathroom, when necessary, in this space.It’s not the prettiest of mental pictures, is it? Yet, I’ve just […]Read more »
by Jennifer BurckeEarlier this summer, I shared with you Five Features To Incorporate Into Your Coop. It was easy for me to decide which features I would be sure to include in the design of a new chicken coop if I ever found myself constructing one. While I don’t have any plans to build a […]Read more »
by Jennifer BurckeBefore I became a chicken keeper, I made two decisions. First, I wanted to keep heritage breed hens. The interesting stories behind the history of each breed drew me in. They spoke to my fascination with the history of American agriculture. Choosing breeds from a bygone era somehow made me feel more connected […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke If you read the Community Chickens e-newsletter on a weekly basis, you’ve probably seen the great collection of posts that discuss gardening with your chickens. Fellow contributor Rebecca Nickols wrote a four-part series that includes a wealth of information regarding the subject. I have enjoyed reading the other contributors’ accounts of their […]Read more »
In my recent post “How to Prepare for Successful Chick Brooding,” I shared my method of providing heat when brooding our first batch of baby chicks. We used a heat lamp and successfully raised those heritage breed hens. We are reaping the rewards every day when collecting fresh eggs from the nest boxes. When we […]Read more »
by Jennifer BurckeI grew up celebrating Independence Day with sparklers and barbecue. I lived in Kansas then and we didn’t really need an excuse to eat barbecue. We viewed a warm weather holiday as an opportunity and seized it. Fourth of July parades and celebrations seemed to be as ubiquitous as sunshine on a summer […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Brooding a batch of chicks is akin to bringing home a newborn child. No matter how many books you have read or people you have talked to, the best experience you gather will come firsthand. Caring for a tiny living being that counts their lifetime in hours or days instead or years […]Read more »
By Harvey Ussery and Mother Earth News editorial staff — Photographed by Irina Igumnova From time to time, you may want to add some birds to your flock. I suggest that you not introduce the newest “superhybrids” to your backyard flock just because that is what is on hand at the local farm store. Select […]Read more »