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Written and photographed by Steve Maxwell There are numerous benefits to raising poultry, and even city dwellers should consider keeping a few chickens. If the looks of the coop are a concern, a small coop with a touch of class and style is the goal of Mother Earth News’ coop design, which makes it even […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Photos by author I don’t know who originally coined the phrase “Necessity is the Mother of Invention.” While I’m unsure of its origin or inspiration, I am willing to make a bold statement about its application. I believe firmly that Necessity must have been a chicken keeper. I pride myself on […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Photos by author Making your own chicken sausage can be an interesting project, and a healthy alternative to store-bought meat. Especially when the process starts in your own backyard! I made this recipe a few years ago after we processed chickens for the first time. That year we owned 15 roosters and […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Photos by author 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 […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Photos by author Asking questions, gathering information, and educating yourself are all important parts of the chicken keeping experience. At the onset of your chicken keeping experiment, there seem to be more questions than answers. Should we use a stationary chicken coop or a mobile chicken tractor? Do we want to keep […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Photos by author I’m counting down the days. May 8 (and 9 and 10, too) are circled in red on my kitchen calendar. The winter day planning and poring over catalogs is about to have results. OUR BABIES ARE SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE! Now, if you’ve had babies of your own (any kind: […]Read more »
By Eric Guel Photos by author My family has been homesteading for three years. Like most Western homesteaders, we’re hobby farmers … We don’t do this to stay alive, though we feel most alive when we’re doing it. 🙂 Through each passing season we’ve learned about gardening and animal husbandry through reading, asking our neighbors, […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Photos by author Our neighbor stopped by the other day and surprised us with the prospect of incubating a few of his fertile goose eggs! Many a morning you can find me sitting on the front porch in the rocker, with a cup of coffee, just watching the geese. I marvel at […]Read more »
by Guest Blogger Jenna Woginrich Photos by author If you’re new to raising chickens, you might be a little intimidated setting up house for your new flock. After all, this is a big step. Chickens aren’t just pets: They’re livestock. That word seems to carry a sense of import not bestowed on our humble cats […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Photos by author 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 […]Read more »