Raising our own meat chickens has been a truly liberating food experience for our family. We truly appreciate every bite of pastured chicken that we put in our mouths, and we work hard to not waste a bit. The hard work pays off on the table!
Did you know that wood ash can be used for keeping mites at bay? The next time you clean your fireplace, keep your chickens in mind by storing some of the ashes for them. It's a hen's best kept beauty secret.
Choosing the right breed of chicken is a lot like dating. Well, not really, but there are serious matters of compatibility at stake and hundreds of breeds to choose from. Before making a commitment, take a moment to consider your “type.”
A few years ago, we had an absolute disaster in our flock that could have been easily prevented. Ever since then I've been telling everyone I can about it so that other people don't have to go through the same experience.
Let’s face it, when you have a flock of chickens, you’re rollin’ in the eggs. I have flock of 14 hens. In a typical day, one’s broody, one’s molting, and a couple of others are otherwise takin’ the day off. I’m still collecting about 10 eggs per day.
Last year one of my friends raised chickens to order so I got some beautiful, heritage chickens from them. This year they moved into town and couldn’t raise meat chickens so I talked my Dad into getting some :)
If you’ve raised baby chicks or you see some in your future, one of the questions you’ll ask is, “How can you tell the males from the females?” Jillian shows us how to sex baby chicks like the big hatcheries do!
Heather discusses the way to maximize a 1 acre plot of backyard to create a homestead filled w/ fruit, vegetables, chickens, bunnies & more. She shows the year-by-year transformation her backyard made with her mantra "one step at a time" approach.