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.
A photo showing a basket full of colorful eggs outside.
Preserve Your Harvest

How to Store Farm Fresh Eggs

Whether you’re a backyard homesteader or have access to a local farm, you may be wondering how to store farm fresh eggs the RIGHT way. Should they be washed or remain unwashed? In the fridge or on the counter? How long do they last? What is a bloom coating? If you’re wondering these questions, you’re

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Raise Chickens

Do Chickens Eat Meat? Is It Safe?

You’ve heard of chickens eating bugs, but do chickens eat meat? This is a controversial topic in the world of chicken keeping, but it really is pretty straightforward once you get comfortable with the concept! Chickens are omnivores, through and through. When I see “vegetarian fed” proudly displayed on egg cartons at the grocery store

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Raise Chickens

The 8 BEST Egg Incubators in 2024

You’ve decided to hatch your own chickens, but there are hundreds of egg incubators to choose from. How do you go about picking the best egg incubator for you?! I’ve been hatching chicken eggs for years and have used several different incubators along the way. I’ve had great successes and failures, both of which I’ve learned

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Raise Chickens

Chicken Coop Winterizing (6 ESSENTIAL Steps!)

Chicken coop winterizing is an essential step if you live in a cold climate like me. It can easily hit -35F here in Minnesota, so we’ve had to perfect our methods and I can’t wait to share my best tips (and mistakes!) with you. There’s a lot of information floating around out there and it

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Raise Chickens

Can Chickens Eat Apples? What About the Seeds?

If you have some extra apples (or leftover cores!) lying around, you’re probably wondering “Can chickens eat apples?” You’re not alone! I get asked this question all the time. The short answer is YES, but they can be high in sugar. So, how much is too much? What about the seeds? Don’t they have cyanide

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Chickens pecking at the ground in front of an automatic chicken coop door
Raise Chickens

The 5 BEST Automatic Chicken Coop Doors in 2024

It can be overwhelming to try to figure out the best automatic chicken coop door for you and your flock, but it doesn’t have to be! I’ve taken the guesswork out of it by doing the research for you. Having the right coop door can make a world of difference in terms of convenience, safety,

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