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TAG : Chickens

A Thief In The Night

In cold weather my dogs like to sleep inside. They usually don't stir at all until morning, but a few nights ago, Huckey woke me up around 2:00 am. I thought it was just the call of nature, but when I opened the door, I heard frantic squawking from the chicken yard.Huckey shot out and Beau ...

Clipping Wings

Whoever said chickens can't fly didn't know chickens! True, they cannot lift off and soar through the sky like other birds, but they can fly short distances – over fences, into trees, into the garden. And the only way to stop them is to clip their wings.Every flock has a few renegades, and ...

Snowy Day

We finally had our first big snow of the year! Well, big for us. When I was a child, we started having snow here sometimes as early as Halloween. We could count on several inches, at least three if not four times before spring arrived. School was never canceled. Bus drivers drove the parts of ...

80 Fun Facts About Farm Animals

Photo courtesy of Getty Images/FooTToo Twenty things you ought to know about cowsCows love each other . . . at least some do.Cows babysit for each other.Cows nurse grudges.Cows invent games.Cows take umbrage.Cows can communicate with people.Cows can solve problems.Cows make friends for ...

Household Products for Common Ailments in Chickens

In 50 Do-It-Yourself Projects for Keeping Chickens (Skyhorse, 2018) by Janet Garman, Get ready to jump into the world of chickens, one DIY project at a time. Owning and raising chickens doesn't have to be an expensive hobby. With imagination, simple tools, and salvaged or bargain materials, you ...

Popular Chicken Breeds

A chicken is a chicken is a chicken, right? I used to think so, until very early in my relationship with a guy named Larry, when we entered the local feed store on our way back from a lunch date. When I set my eyes on the metal stock tanks full of peeping yellow balls of fluff, I was ...

Fits Like A Glove

When you live on a farm, there is one thing you can count on every day – farm chores! Most of the time this is very enjoyable for me. It's actually fun going out to feed the chickens and having them gather around my feet, clucking softly and waiting expectantly.I love going the the barn with ...

Have Hammer, Will Travel

I love chickens. They are so sweet and relaxing to have. I love to sit on the back porch and watch them puttering around the backyard scratching for bugs or taking a dust bath. It is truly one of the joys of farm life.A few weeks back, I spent the afternoon with a friend helping her fix up a ...

A Typical Morning

Every morning as Greg leaves for work, the dogs and I have a morning ramble. It's good exercise for us all, and gives the dogs some play time. Our big dog, Beauregard, is a Pyrenees and German shepherd mix who would patrol the fence line of the entire 40 acres all day long if left on his own, ...

Trip to the Fair

Every year, I can't resist going to the local county fair. I didn't participate in 4H or FFA as a kid. At that time, people had a tendency to look down their noses at a "town kid" being in something that was supposed to be for the "country kids." I guess it was just as well. I was way too shy ...

The Trick to Peeling Fresh Hard Boiled Eggs

Until recently, I have had such a difficult time peeling hard boiled eggs that were fresh from our chickens. It was almost impossible to peel them without getting half the white with the shell. I have tried every method and was unsuccessful. I read that you could salt the water or put white ...

Chickens Are Easy Owl Prey

Photos Courtesy of Judy SturmI was laying in bed, slowly drifting off to sleep when I heard the distinct 'hooot, hoot, hoot' of an owl outside my window. I got excited. I love owls! I laid there listening to the gentle hooting for some time before I realized I forgot to shut the chicken coop! ...

Butchering Homegrown Chickens

We decided this past year we would raise meat chickens. We raised meat chickens before but this time we tried to do it the right way, if there is such a thing. We have read a lot of Joel Salatin’s books and he has some great ideas on raising meat chickens on pasture. It was our goal to raise ...

How to Manage Chickens in the Garden

Keeping chickens isn’t rocket science, but doing it properly does involve decent levels of understanding, commitment, and attention to detail. Getting the basics right is essential, and The Chicken Keeper’s Problem Solver (Quarry Books, 2015)by Chris Graham contains 100 common problems ...

Raising Heritage Breed Chickens for Meat

Raising heritage breed chickens for meat is difficult for a farmer to gauge timing of harvest. Currently the industry harvests birds at about 6 through 8 weeks of age. These super-sized industrial breeds grow very, very, very quickly. The industrial breeds such as the Cornish Cross are a ...