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You know there is nothing like naturally grown, organic eggs and chicken meat fresh from your own backyard in terms of taste and quality. This could actually be your marketing pitch when you begin making a small side business out of your chickens.
Keep those predators from eating your chickens with these chicken coops.
We know that chickens love and need to dust bathe, so I provide them with wood ashes and sand for bathing. We add sand because it helps to weigh down the ashes. I use it on the floor of the chicken coop, but I’m sure that dry soil would work, too.
We love turkey. For sausage, for burger, for the drumsticks, at Thanksgiving. And, if you have chickens already, adding in a turkey or two on the backyard homestead really isn’t that difficult.
There is something to be said for buying a chicken, bringing it home, and having her lay an egg that first day. After all, a baby chick can take anywhere from 14-24 weeks before they begin laying eggs, and if you buy straight-run chicks you could end up with more roosters than you anticipated. But […]
I get a little bit preachy about not buying baby animals to look cute in an Easter basket. That’s because I’ve seen it from the other side.
One of our hens was acting a little broody. You can tell when a hen is broody because they won’t just lay their egg and jump off the nest cackling with delight. They lay their egg and hunker down, ready to wait it out. We generally say around here that the hen has “gone setting” […]
Recently, I was able to participate as a panelist at a Twitter party sponsored by Seventh Generation (@SeventhGen) and the topic was about teaching your kids to “Live Like the Lorax“. In otherwords, to respect the earth. Y’all know I’m not a crazy hippy freak. But I do care about the earth – our first task […]
Untrained Housewife was started to celebrate the journey to knowledge and self-sufficiency. The thing is – it’s not an easy journey. I’ve grown so much the past few years and we’ve added a lot of milestones in our path to increased self-sufficiency. And we’ve had a few set backs as well. Milks Goats and Meat […]
Early this week, lab tests confirmed a strain of salmonella enteritidis in eggs sold by Wright County Egg in Iowa. As of Friday, a total of a half-billion eggs had been recalled in a nationwide campaign to rid food service companies and grocery stores of the tainted food. The most recent farm involved is Iowa […]
With an increase in awareness of the damage of many medicated commercial feeds and genetically modified food sources, some backyard chicken owners are trying their hand at growing their own chicken feed.