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.
Holding a handful of straw inside the 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, whereas 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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Chickens foraging in the grass with a whole pineapple in the front of the photo
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Can Chickens Eat Pineapple? What About The Peel?

If you have some extra pineapple lying around, you’re probably wondering “Can chickens eat pineapple?” You’re not the only one! I get asked this question all the time. The short answer is YES, but pineapples can be high in sugar and not ALL parts are edible. So, how much is too much? What parts CAN

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A baking sheet full of eggshells on top of a wood stove
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Should You Feed Eggshells to Chickens?

Feeding eggshells back to your chickens might seem a bit odd, but it’s one of the best old-timey ways to reduce costs, repurpose waste, and support your flock’s calcium needs simultaneously. I’m all about finding ways to opt out of needing to buy yet another thing! Heck yes! We’ve been feeding eggshells to our chickens

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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 each

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A flock of chickens pecking at feed on the ground
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How Long Do Chickens Live (and Lay Eggs)?

So, how long do chickens live, anyway? You might be surprised by the answer! While chickens are prey animals and are naturally predisposed to a shorter lifespan, they can enjoy a long and fulfilling life if given the chance! Numerous factors such as genetics, breed, environmental conditions, predator threats, diet, and daily care will play

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A close up view of bumblefoot on a chicken pad
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Bumblefoot in Chickens – Causes, Treatment & 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 a chicken’s foot pad. If left untreated, this can develop into an abscess and eventually death in severe cases, so early intervention

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