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Over the years, in my experience keeping chickens, we’ve done both free ranging and keeping them in a confined coop. My preferred method is to let them free range, but right now I have our flock separated in pens by breed for breeding purposes. What is free ranging? Free ranging can have a […]Read more »
I raised Blue Laced Red Wyandottes for about 10 years and they are still one of my favorite chickens. I would still have them, but precious coop space being what it is…I’m trying to concentrate on APA recognized breeds and unfortunately the Blue Laced Red color is not APA recognized. I was prompted […]Read more »
Our chicken coop is over 20 years old. My dad built it for me when I was 13 after I lost my first flock of chickens to a predator attack. After I married my husband Zach, we moved out of my parent’s house and took the coop with us. It was quite an endeavor disassembling […]Read more »
I first heard of this idea in a YouTube video from the channel Off Grid with Doug and Stacey. In their video, 3 Ways to Use Kombucha Besides Drinking It!, they share that they feed extra kombucha and scobys to their dogs, cats and chickens. I decided that I was going to give this a […]Read more »
It’s chick season! I have to say that the feed stores are really stepping up their game when it comes to breed varieties. I have to believe that this is in response to the growing interest in chicken keeping. If you already have an existing flock but are interested in adding a few more […]Read more »
I just came in from our coops with a basket of eggs. These eggs will not be eaten. Instead, they will be going into my incubator. I mark the breed and the date with a pencil and set them in a labeled egg carton until I have enough to fill the incubator. This is one […]Read more »
So you’ve decided on a breed that you just can’t live without and you’ve found a breeder. Sometimes poultry breeds can be so rare that you may only have one choice when it comes to buying stock, so depending on how badly you want that breed, you may have to just accept the buyer’s terms. […]Read more »
If I’ve learned anything in chicken keeping over the years, it’s been that it can be difficult to find a specific breed/breeder that you’re looking for. Each spring becomes this treasure hunt of internet searches, e-mails to breeders and poultry club administrators to find a breed I’ve been dreaming about for years. While chicken […]Read more »
We just set up an additional chicken coop for our breeding hens this spring. It’s been a while since I set up a new coop and I was impressed with how easy it is to meet a chicken’s needs with these inexpensive screw-together coops. It’s like IKEA for chickens! I’m happy with this coop […]Read more »
I have big plans for breeding chickens this spring. I finally have my show-quality, heritage breed Buff Orpingtons. We drove from Mid-Michigan to eastern Ohio last year to pick up two beautiful pairs of Buffs at the Ohio National Poultry show. I can’t wait to fill my incubator with eggs from these gorgeous birds! […]Read more »