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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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Wait! Is that crowing in the coop?

My daddy left home when I was three And he didn’t leave much to ma and me Just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze. Now, I don’t blame him cause he run and hid But the meanest … Continue reading

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My broody Buttercup

You won’t see this very often…a Sicilian Buttercup who brooded and hatched chicks.  This one hatched six healthy chicks and is a great mom!

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Report from my winter of deep litter

It was a long winter.  A LONG winter.  And it was the first winter my chickens lived in their new house built for me by my husband.  The large building with southern-facing windows was amazing for its heat-gathering. There were … Continue reading

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Have you got a license for that thing?

As far as animal-keeping goes, chickens really aren’t high maintenance.  You have an animal that is no noisier or messy than a dog or cat, fresh eggs and–best of all–countless hours of entertainment! I love watching the chickens pecking around … Continue reading

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I’m dreaming of a white chicken….

Along with seed catalogs, now is the time of year many people start receiving catalogs from hatcheries around the country. And, just like some thumb through the catalogs filled with colorful, glossy pictures of flowers and vegetables, its tempting to  imagine … Continue reading

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Age isn’t everything

This old girl is 12 years old and has hatched out chicks for me for eight or nine of those years.  She’s a production Buff Orpington that we got from Murray McMurray years ago for my son to show in … Continue reading

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