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Blogger Kaylee Vaughn shares ideas for high-protein chicken snacks, from kelp to sprouts. Healthy, high-protein snacks can help support your chickens during molting season! Here are 10 healthy snack ideas for your flock! Each year, as summer fades into fall, my yard and chicken coops become littered with feathers. Soon after, I start noticing silly-looking […]Read more »
The Molt is coming. by Jennifer Sartell In fact for some of you, it might already be here. August is just around the corner and we’re already seeing signs of the seasonal molt in our flock. Molt is a healthy, seasonal process for chickens. It usually happens in their second year around late summer […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson One feather amongst many. The ground in the chicken yard and the floor under the roosts in the coop are littered with feathers this week, as the chickens shed their faded, tattered plumage, and the annual molt begins. This feather was different than the others. Larger, longer, and imbued with a […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke In my last post, I shared that the heritage breed hens here at 1840 Farm were deep into their annual molt cycle. A few weeks have passed, but not much has changed on that front. They are fewer feathers accumulating in the coop each day and the girls are beginning to look like […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols Fall around my property means more than just a change in season… It’s also a fall in egg production – in response to feathers falling off! Each year my flock goes through a yearly molt loosing a large portion of their older feathers and replacing them with new ones. There is so […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson The hen yard is still full of feathers. There are long, sleek feathers and piles of fluffy feathers. In my last post, I talked a bit about how to ease your chickens through a molt – the annual replacement of worn and faded feathers that occurs in all birds. I have plenty […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson As a “seasoned” hen keeper, I can tell when it’s beginning. It’s partly the change in the temperatures from summer to fall and partly the evenings that arrive earlier and mornings that don’t brighten quite as early. Those are reminders. It’s the first hen that doesn’t join in the usual henny activities […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell of Iron Oak Farm Fall…Such a descriptive term for a season. The only season to have two names really,… sometimes called “Autumn” and then the less formal verb “Fall” which comes from the phrase “fall of the leaf“ coined in 1545. Dictionary.com. I find it interesting that no other season warrants a […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Photos by author I opened the garden gate the other day with a little tinge of sadness. I wasn’t going in to pick a delicious fruit or vegetable, but instead, rallied the chickens toward the door. The rusty horseshoe that we found while plowing has kept the gate closed to the chickens […]Read more »