I love my backyard chickens! They’re often not in the backyard of course. Sometimes they’re in the side yard, the front yard, or even under the house! Wherever they are, they are so much fun to have around and have so many wonderful uses. I can’t imagine my homestead without a flock of backyard chickens. […]
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I started raising chickens in 2012 after having absolutely no experience with farm animals (I grew up with cats and dogs, but that’s it!). I knew that I wanted to start growing my own food. I wanted to stop funding an industry I didn’t believe in (industrialized food). I also wanted to teach my kids […]
Due to the state of our food system, folks are more and more wanting to grow their own food. Eggs are a perfect start!
But how do you take care of chickens? What do you need to know? All of that is answered in this comprehensive beginner’s book!
Introducing new chickens to your flock is something most chicken keepers have to figure out at some point. When we tried introducing new chickens to our existing flock for the first time we made one huge mistake and learned the hard way what to do and what not to do. Here’s the thing: Chickens are really serious about […]
When I decided to start raising chickens I spent an entire year learning about chicken farming including how to build a coop ourselves. I’m so glad I did! I almost decided to spontaneously go and get the chicks and figure it out as we went. That would have been a disaster! I had no idea […]
I’ve written about keeping chickens healthy in the winter but I didn’t realize that spring brings it’s own challenges, specifically, Impacted and sour crop. One day I went out to the coop to check on the chickens while they were scratching around in the dirt. I noticed that one chicken, Slater, was not scratching around with […]