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Insulate, Clean, and Cover: Winterizing Your Coop The cold winter months bring many new challenges to backyard chicken keepers, particularly regarding the safety and well-being of your flock. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to face these challenges head-on without too much difficulty. Not only that, but the same steps you can take to […]Read more »
As winter approaches, it’s time to think about helping your birds weather the cold. Maat van Uitert provides lots of feed and housing tips for protecting your ducks. Fall is here! Fall means crisp air, apples, pumpkins, and completing last-minute duck coop preparations before the snow starts falling. Preparing your coop for winter is easier […]Read more »
Egg are Seasonal If you’re new to raising chickens you might not realize that chickens do not naturally lay an egg every day, year-round. In the late summer/early fall you might notice that your hens stop laying altogether. You might also notice that your coop is littered with feathers. This is the seasonal molt where […]Read more »
By Krislee Johnson Over the past year, my coop has evolved with the seasons. During the first year I quickly learned what might have worked for the summer didn’t work well for the winter. Because my coop and pen areas are in 3 parts it allows me plenty of flexibility. The coop is for sleeping […]Read more »
by Lori Leigh Story and photos It is that time of year when wood ash is easily accessible. If you have access to wood ash from a fire place or wood burning stove, why not put it to work for your chickens. Dust Bathing Natural – All year round, dust bathing is a chicken’s natural […]Read more »
by Shannon Cole Story and photos It’s January in Michigan. It is cold. How cold is it you ask? Today with the wind chill factor our local weather man says it is -4F. That is cold. It is the kind of cold that you can feel seeping in through your wood floors. It has to […]Read more »
Winter chicken keeping can be a little bit daunting for many people. You worry if your birds are getting enough to eat. Is their diet varied? What about frozen water? Predators are hungry and more determined for a meal. Plus, if you live in a snowy area like me, it is cold, cold, cold outside.Read more »
The wind has been blustery cold these last few days and nights. The kind of cold that you want to look at from your cozy living room. Maybe you have a hot cup of coffee and a blazing fire going. That is the way to enjoy the beauty that winter can bring. However, we are […]Read more »
This past August, I had the pleasure of attending the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in West Bend, Wisconsin. There, I got to see Robin Mather speak about the benefits of grass-fed beef. My grandfather was a cattle rancher. I grew up, loving everything about horses and cows. Each Christmas, my grandfather gave his six children 1/2 a […]Read more »
I had 3 guineas: Penny, Marcia, and Kelly. Being game birds, they tend to be very high-strung, even as chicks. Their basic reaction when anyone got within a couple of feet was to run away and if I needed to corral them for any reason, they behaved like I was going to rend them limb from limb. […]Read more »