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by Melissa Caughey of Tilly’s Nest I’m going to come right out and say it. I do not believe that chicken coops should be heated in the winter. There are a number of reasons why I believe this and there are alternative ways to keep the flock comfortable during the chilly days of winter. Today, […]Read more »
by Melissa Caughey of Tilly’s Nest As the calendar turns another page and September rolls around, the smell of fall begins to fill the air here in New England. I love fall but soon enough winter will be upon us. It is often difficult to predict how harsh Old Man Winter will be each year […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson I’m a bird watcher. Chicken watcher in particular, but I also watch wild birds at our feeders, in the yard, and on my walks with the dog. On the very cold mornings we had last week, little birds on tree branches and big chickens on coop roosts had similar shapes. They were […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell It’s January. Against my better judgement, I’ve been suckered into the cliche “diet” resolution…among others. Well, maybe not dieting per say, but at least trying to be healthier. We bought a juicer…I know, I know, but it all happened so fast. I felt my internal thumb raise, like an eager hitchhiker, as […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke A few weeks ago, I posed a question to the community of readers at Community Chickens. I asked you to share your creative solutions for keeping the fresh water flowing in your coops during the coldest months of the year. You delivered and shared an entire collection of ideas from the simple […]Read more »
by Meredith ChilsonThe snow arrived on the first day of winter. It made me think of those old cartoons that showed time passing with an arrow pointing to the seasons—when the arrow clicked over to WINTER, the ground was covered with snow and icicles hung from eaves. That’s just about how it happened here. A […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke It’s winter in New England at 1840 Farm. The temperature has dropped and snowflakes were falling when I walked from the farmhouse to the coop this morning. It’s only a matter of time before my least favorite harbinger of winter will appear. I know that any day now, I’ll open the coop’s […]Read more »
by Taylor Miller Every week at Community Chickens, we get dozens of questions from people across the world, hoping to find someone who has shared a similar experience. We try to answer them all, and forward them on to experts where we can. But many of the questions are unique, and because of this, we […]Read more »
The leaves are at their colorful peak right now, and the bright, bright blue skies with the fluffy clouds make it pleasurable to be outside doing chores. Our cellar way is filled with buckets of potatoes, baskets of apples and squashes; braids of onions and garlic dangle from the rafters next to bunches of drying […]Read more »
by Jennifer BurckeA foot of snow fell at 1840 Farm on Thursday of last week. It was a cruel reminder that winter is not yet ready to release us from its icy grasp. It seemed incredibly harsh, given that we had enjoyed such warm sunshine only two days before. Nevertheless, by the end of the […]Read more »