I’ve kept chickens and turkey and now quail, but I had never kept geese before. So I was so excited to get a chance to review The Modern Homesteader’s Guide to Keeping Geese by Kirsten Lie-Nielson because it covers everything you need to keep about keeping waterfowl. Be sure to check out the book and then […]
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.
When we first started keeping chickens we usually stopped by a local feed store and picked up a handful of baby chicks from the cheeping-fluff-filled cages in the back corner. It didn’t take us long to try ordering baby chicks mail-order instead. Wow! What a difference! Half the price and a simple phone call – […]
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.
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” […]
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.
In previous years we’ve always purchased baby chicks from the local feed store. But this year my in-laws and our family want to go in together on some baby chicks so mail-order will probably be more reasonable in price. Plus the selection is better than what’s available through the local feed stores. Thoughts? Suggestions? What […]
Rich, savoury, tasty chicken stock adds instant gourmet to soups and risottos. This homemade version is made using chicken bones or carcasses from the kitchen – as a result, it costs next to nothing. Use a crockpot or saucepan to create delicious stock from scratch with minimal effort.
Make a simple roasted chicken work overtime by buying one store-bought, shredding it to make multiple meals, then using the bones to make a chicken stop for soups and cooking.