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Do you let your dogs and chickens co-exist?: A poll

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Choose your poultry well: Egg Layers

You know spring is here when you see the heat lamps turn on over the large metal tubs at the hardware and feed stores.  Before the snow even melts, its time to get some chicks started under a heat lamp … Continue reading

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December chicken chores, part two

Here’s what else you need to think about: Frostbite Depending on the breed of chicken, their combs and wattles can become frostbitten. Birds with large combs (usually breeds originating from a warmer place, such as Leghorns) are more susceptible to … Continue reading

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It’s December: What chores to do to prepare your chickens

When December rolls around,  I have begun to think about–and take action–to winterize my coop to make like easier for the birds and for me. There are a few simple things you need to know, some basic things to do, … Continue reading

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Sharing the work with your chickens

In his book, “The Small-Scale Poultry Flock: An All-Natural Approach to Raising Chickens and Other Fowl for Home and Market Growers” (Chelsea Green), Harvey Ussery outlines how to use your chickens to help you with work on the land while … Continue reading

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Sure, its only September, but about that winter chicken keeping plan…

When the leaves start to fall and temperatures cool off, I start thinking about the long winter months ahead and what I need to do before the snow really does fly! I’ve read that in some parts of the country, … Continue reading

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From here to there: what’s your plan?

Do you have a plan for what will happen when your hens slow down or stop laying as they age?   Chickens can live up to 8 or 9 years or beyond–I just had a wonderful old Buff Orpington die at … Continue reading

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