All About Chickens!

In case you haven't noticed already, I am obsessed with chickens! They are a great place to start when you're ready to expand your skills in self-sufficiency because they are small in size, inexpensive compared to other livestock, and who doesn't like delicious eggs?!

In this blog, you will find information about raising chickens not only for eggs, but for meat as well. I believe in a pastured-approach so that the resulting eggs and meat are nutritionally-dense while allowing the chickens to live a full and happy life out foraging for bugs & fresh greens.
Chickens surrounding a mat of chicken fodder than is propped up in a rainbow shape
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How to Grow Chicken Fodder (and save money!)

Did you know that you can easily grow chicken fodder in just 7 days? Heck yes! Chicken fodder is an amazing way to multiply your feed inexpensively, while also providing fresh greens for your chickens in the winter. No soil or fertilizer is even needed! I’ve been growing chicken fodder for many years now and

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Holding up a large handful of chopped straw inside a chicken coop
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The 5 BEST Chicken Bedding Options

There are MANY different chicken bedding options out there, but which one is the best? Some people swear by using sand, where others prefer straw, wood shavings or even leaves. Feeling confused? Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll discuss the purpose and best features of chicken bedding so you know what

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Hens outside waiting for their high protein treats!
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5 Protein Sources for Chickens (Especially While Molting!)

Providing enough protein for your chickens is essential for their proper growth, development and egg laying ability. However, it can be tricky to know exactly how much they need, when they need it and how to give it to them! In this article, we’re going to break it all down into simple steps. We’ll tackle

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A hand holding blackberries extended to chickens outside
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Can Chickens Eat Blackberries? Are They Safe?

If you have blackberries growing on your homestead, you may be wondering “can chickens eat blackberries?” We have a lot of wild blackberries growing on our Minnesota acreage, so I had the same burning question! I’ve done the research for you and below we’ll tackle all aspects of this topic: Are blackberries safe for chickens?

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A close up view of a moderate case of bumblefoot in a chicken
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Bumblefoot in Chickens – Treatment, Causes & Prevention.

If you have chickens, then the chances are good that you’ll have to deal with bumblefoot at some point. Bumblefoot is a common staph infection that can develop after a simple cut to their foot pad. If left untreated, this can become an abscess that requires surgery, so early intervention is essential. We’ve successfully treated

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Holding a fairy egg between 3 fingers in front of a wooden table
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Fairy Eggs: My Chicken Laid What!?

Have you found a miniature egg in your hens’ laying box? Don’t panic! These are called fairy eggs and can happen for many different reasons. Most of the time, they are nothing to worry about and are just a fun surprise from time-to-time. In this article we’ll discuss what fairy eggs are exactly, how they

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