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The new coop is done!!

It took about nine months…long enough to birth a child, but I got instead a wonderful new chicken coop.  Small barn, really. Before the chickens moved in, some friends came to see it and thought it would make a great … Continue reading

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How to add new birds to your flock

It’s a question that comes up this time of year quite a bit.  Some people want to add in the young birds they’ve raised from chicks, while others have bought new adult birds.   But they don’t call it a … Continue reading

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Sick chick blues

Its the question of the century for chicken farmers:  what do I do with my chicken that is (fill in the blank:  injured, sick, not eating, not drinking, sitting with ruffled feathers). I know some old veterans who will cull … Continue reading

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Wade in the water

Let’s deal with it:  I’ve taken a prolonged leave from this blog because I started a new, full-time writing job at a medical device company.  A great job, but I arrive home out of words.  And dealing with the long … Continue reading

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Let there be light!

I’ve heard so many people talk on various chicken forums about eggs…or the lack thereof.  More this year than ever before, really.  I wonder if it is because more people have started raising chickens, hence the additional worry about eggs? … Continue reading

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“Earth Eats” and chicken eats

I’m excited to have found another outlet to write about chickens and other things:  Earth Eats.  My second column posted recently, all about winterizing your chickens.  Never fear, this blog will continue, and may even have some complementary posts, so … Continue reading

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Preserve some pickled peppers

I get e-newsletters of all kinds.  One of my favorites is one from Grit. In a recent issue, there was a blog posting from Desert Homesteading about preserving hot peppers. As I am wont to say, “Why not?” The farmers market … Continue reading

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Digging in

The email came from my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture): come, help us harvest crops on the farm and we’ll pay you in extra produce.  Given that I live in the woods and can never produce more than two tomatoes a … Continue reading

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For chickens it’s molt bene

I am always surprised to find not everyone knows that chickens lose a bunch of feathers every fall and grow new ones.  Its called molting. What is it?  Basically, a large number of the chickens’ feather fall out and new … Continue reading

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On becoming The Armchair Homesteader

It seems to happen when the economy is down:  people want to turn back to the basics.  Whether its chickens, canning food, quilting, beekeeping, or something else, many of us want to turn back to the land and its comfort … Continue reading

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