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Summer was warm, the days were long, and you got used to having lots of eggs. Then your hens stopped laying. Michele Cook looks at the many different reasons your hens may (temporarily) have stopped laying eggs. Why have my chickens stopped laying eggs? Ugh! This is a common complaint from chicken keepers all over […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Have you been reading some of the recent newspaper articles telling about animal shelters and rescues being flooded with chickens? One article in particular, from the NY Post (READ IT HERE), was brought to my attention. It begins this way: Raising chickens in backyard coops is all the rage with nostalgia-loving […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Several weeks ago, I was approached to review a product from Incubator Warehouse. I was told I could look through the entire site and choose something for my existing flock. Incubator Warehouse sells incubators in all sizes and price ranges for any sort of egg you might want to hatch. They also […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson The late December temperatures are hovering in the single digits, and snow covers the ground here in Western New York. We don’t heat our chicken coop, so fresh water must be carried to the chickens first thing in the morning and again in the afternoon. Snowy day in WNY It’s not a […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Probably the most important first step when going into the “chicken business” is planning where you will house your birds. The first time we had chickens, years ago, we housed them in our All-Purpose Shed, along with rabbits, a couple of goats, ducks, and occasionally, a pony and/or a goose. There was […]Read more »
By Meredith ChilsonThis is the time of year that hatchery catalogs arrive, and just like the seed and garden catalogs that also clog our mailboxes, these “wish books” become well-thumbed, with corners turned down and photos circled. At least, that’s the way it is at my house. I pore over the glossy pages, dreaming of […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Finally. There are beginning to be a few more eggs in the nest boxes. The older hens are finishing up their molt—the new feathers are looking lovely, all strong and shiny. I’ve been adding a bit of protein to their diets in the form of mealworms, and I think this may have […]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 Meredith Chilson I’ll be picking the first garden beans tomorrow. Bean time, to me, is the beginning of busy garden harvest days. Beans lead to zucchini, which leads to tomatoes, which …Well, if you’re a gardener you’ll know the sequence. The peas are long gone; the tender greens have bolted and become lunch for […]Read more »