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In this episode of the Community Chickens podcasts, we discuss the role that keeping poultry can play in our educational systems. School Check-Ins Our Podcast Guests Include: Jeannette Beranger is the Senior Program Manager for The Livestock Conservancy. She uses her knowledge to plan and implement conservation programs, conduct field research, and advise farmers in their […]Read more »
I originally bought this small manufactured cool to be our Silkie pen. But after seeing how handy it is with our teenage chickens I may decide to buy another one for next year’s teens. Grow-out Pens A holding place for chickens after they’ve left the brooder but before they’re old enough to enter the adult […]Read more »
In this series, I’m going to break down the five most important parts to setting up a quality brooder for chicks. In part one, information was given to hopefully help you choose your brooder, now a heat source needs to be chosen. There are some exemplary options out on the market today. Most of the […]Read more »
Roosters Make Great Dads! Franny believes that a rooster’s job description consists of more than alarm clock or egg fertilizer! Find out why keeping a rooster with your flock is so important! For more farmstead videos and good advice visit The MOTHER EARTH NEWS and Friends Youtube. Visit Franny’s Farm at www.FrannysFarm.comRead more »
Peep…Peep…Peep. If you are like me, than Spring Fever has taken over and you have fired up your heat lamp and dusted off the brooder box. There are spring chicks all over, including my bathroom. My bathroom?! Much to the surprise of any visitors, yes, I am brooding my babies in the bathroom. It is […]Read more »
Let’s face it, poultry of all sorts are the best! They are not only our pets and companions; they are useful around the home. You can put your flock to work all over the yard. There are great reasons why we love our chickens, ducks, geese, guineas, turkeys, pheasants and any other kind of poultry […]Read more »
We just hatched out 6 beautiful little chicks. It’s been our first indoor brood in a few years. I’ve been letting our broody hens take care of hatching for the past few springs, but this year I had a specific breed I wanted to give a try. Hopefully some of these little babies are pullets […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell of Iron Oak Farm We spend a lot of time at the feed store. Goat feed, chicken feed, wormers, buckets, pails, tractor parts, bedding, fencing, vitamins…yeah the folks over at the feed store see a lot of us. As many of you know it’s chick season and in my many “ins and […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson “The Shenandoah Valley stretches 200 miles across the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains. It’s been nicknamed “The Big Valley” and immortalized in song, dance, film and television.” (Shenandoah Valley-Virginia is for Lovers) In a rural pocket of that Big Valley, a 12 year old named Josiah is raising quail, for fun AND profit. When I […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke A few weeks ago, I was browsing through the local newspaper and happened upon the type of story that sends a chill down a chicken keeper’s spine. A family in a neighboring town had endured an unthinkable tragedy. Their newly built coop had burned down to the ground, killing all 38 of […]Read more »