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.
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?
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
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
Are you building or updating a coop, but you’re not sure what chicken nesting box size to use? You’re in the right place! I’ve been raising chickens for years and have experimented with many different sizes and styles of nesting boxes along the way. The type and size that you need depends on your flock
If you want to get chickens and have neighbors nearby, you’re likely pondering this question – “Are chickens noisy?” Adding chickens to your backyard is a great step to self-sufficiency, but you’ll want to be sure that you’re prepared for the potential noise before you commit. If you already own chickens and just want to
If you are raising baby chicks this year or in the near future, then you definitely need to know the ins and outs about brooding in poultry! There’s nothing more exciting than having baby chicks around in the spring. They don’t need much, but making sure that they have the proper set up and care