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Hen Lessons

About two months ago, I finished my chicken coop and finally installed the young ladies — as much of a relief for them as it was for me, I’m sure. They spent their first day of relative freedom lurking under the weeds in their yard. I’d be suspicious of the wind and the sky, too, if ...

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Backyard Chicken Tools

During the uncertainty of the past year, interest in raising backyard chickens has grown. Whether you’re raising these compelling creatures for entertainment, bug control, or meat and eggs, there are a few tools, pieces of equipment, and crucial factor you’ll want to keep in mind or have on ...

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Integrating Chickens, Dogs and Cats

We have three dogs, two Dachshunds and one Chocolate Lab, and they have three extremely different personalities. So, when we decided to begin the adventure of backyard chickens, one of the first questions my wife asked was, “How are we going to introduce the dogs to the chickens?” and my ...

How to Build a Chicken Tractor for Raising Broilers

A “chicken tractor” is a portable enclosure that allows backyard chickens to be rotated across a pasture in a controlled pattern. It also helps protect your flock from predators and provides shelter from severe weather. A viable chicken tractor must be durable, lightweight, animal ...

Raising Meat Chickens Without Feeding the Local Wildlife

There are two categories of chickens: layers and broilers. The layers lay eggs. The broilers are raised for meat. The layers are known for making lots of wonderful eggs. The broilers specialize in getting really large really fast. A layer hen can take more than seven months to reach maturity ...

Feeding Chickens the Easy Way

Back in the day, fowl fanciers and farmstead owners all over the country kept chickens because they were beautiful, particularly suited to a specific region’s environment, and for the services they could offer and/or products they could supply. Did you know that some fancy fowl were kept ...

Pests and Problems Chickens Face

In Eggs and Poultry Made at Home (Firefly, 2012) by Dick and James Strawbridge is an ideal read for poultry farmers. Learn more about what it takes to raise and keep poultry such as chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys. If you have any questions about poultry this the book for you. Find this ...

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Keeping Chickens Cool During Summer

Believe it or not, in most cases it’s more difficult to care for chickens during the blazing heat of summer than it is during winter. Unlike us, for the most part chickens seem to take winter in stride. However, during the intense summer heat, you may notice that your chickens eat less, drink ...

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Homemade Lavender Mint Chicken Coop Refresh Spray

  As the weather warms up, our coop can start to smell, shall I say, less than appealing.  While this homemade coop refresh spray should NEVER be used as an alternative to keeping a clean coop, after removing all the soiled bedding and replacing it with new bedding, scraping down the ...

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Guide to Raising Chickens, Ducks and Geese

From building a yurt to maintaining a thriving winter garden, The Ultimate Guide to Homesteading (Skyhorse Publishing, 2011) by Nicole Faires is all you need to live off the land. With diagrams, charts, photographs, original illustrations and comprehensive, detailed instructions that anyone can ...

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