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They are extra Roosters. Time to give them a chance. Everyone has an opinion on them. Some love the classic image of a handsomely plumed boy strutting around the barnyard while others will get out the stew pot as soon as they hear the first strangled crows from the most recent batch of chicks. The […]Read more »
Final part of three-part series on Wry Neck. See the first two parts: Part 1 Part 2 Once it was clear that Uno was the sole survivor of the incubator hatch, I evaluated him. He was in rough shape. In addition to the obvious inability to move without flipping backwards, and thrashing around the brooder, […]Read more »
Part Two of a two-part series on butchering chickens Read Part One Our morning started early on the day of butcher. After breakfast and some coffee we were eager to get started. I think we were most interested in getting past the actual act of dispatching birds. That would be no fun for anyone […]Read more »
A lot has happened this past year at my coop in southwest Missouri. Our green-roof coop and birdhouses were featured in a local magazine (417 Magazine), Better Homes and Gardens (Country Gardens spring issue 2015) and Capper’s Farmers Magazine! You can read about how I incorporated the living roof as part of my chicken coop (including step-by-step […]Read more »
by Melissa Caughey of Tilly’s Nest 1. Chickens can be addictive. Once you have a flock I think you might find yourself wanting more. There are so many wonderful beautiful breeds and colored eggs that you might just find yourself becoming a chickens addict. 2. Get a bigger coop. Whether your purchase a coop or build […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson My first flock of chickens was one day old when I picked up my order at a local all-purpose hardware store. I’d ordered “straight run” –thinking I would have some hens for eggs, some young roosters for meat and one fine rooster to perpetuate the flock. The plan worked out fairly well. […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson I was talking about eggs with a friend the other day. Eggs from the ladies that live in the coop in our side yard, to be specific. This friend said to me, “Now, that you have a rooster in with your girls—the eggs are all fertile, right?” To which another friend said, […]Read more »