Chickens

Chicken Poop Tea (for seedlings)

Chicken Poop Tea (for seedlings)

9 by / on March 3, 2013, 8:23 pm / in Chickens, Farming/Gardening, Preservation Projections

So, imagine that about a month ago you planted seedlings that have been basking under some cool white lights and growing happily towards spring. You faintly taste broccoli and cabbage every time you water them, which you can do literally if you eat the leaves off any seedlings that you thin. About now your seedlings will get hungry for more […]

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Free-Range, Cage-Free, Vegetarian Fed, Naturally Raised — What Do Egg Labels Mean?

Free-Range, Cage-Free, Vegetarian Fed, Naturally Raised — What Do Egg Labels Mean?

4 by / on February 18, 2013, 7:35 am / in Chickens, Farming/Gardening, Preservation Projections

The label on our egg carton claims Fern Creek hens are “pasture raised and naturally grown”.  People who buy our eggs can come visit our farm and see what we mean by that.  Otherwise, it’s hard to communicate much with a label. Someone buying eggs labeled pastured and naturally raised (or free-range, vegetarian-diet, cage-free or certified organic) at a grocery store […]

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Constructing Hen Grazing Frames

Constructing Hen Grazing Frames

1 by / on February 16, 2013, 7:33 pm / in Chickens, Farming/Gardening, Preservation Projections

This simple how-to project is for those who do not have portable fencing or coops for their chickens yet want them pastured, that is, to have fresh grass consistently available in their diet.  Grazing frames are easy to make.  I did the cutting and painting over the course of a week, and then Mark and I assembled and placed six […]

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Considering A Chicken Coop?

Considering A Chicken Coop?

0 by / on February 11, 2013, 7:32 am / in Chickens, Preservation Projections

Our pullets currently inhabit the hen house pictured below, not to be confused with the coop pictured above.  Coops work great for backyard chickens.  Houses or other shelters work better if you don’t have a barn and want more than, say, a dozen chickens roaming around your place.  We started with coops, and then graduated to houses.  You’ll see some […]

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From Chick to Laying Hen–Step-by-Step Guide Phase II (Week 4-16)

From Chick to Laying Hen–Step-by-Step Guide Phase II (Week 4-16)

3 by / on January 21, 2013, 9:39 am / in Chickens, Preservation Projections

Our chicks are nearly 6 weeks old now, entering the gangly looking adolescent stage.  They still sleep in a heap under the heat lamp at night, but only because this is the dead of winter.  If you are raising chicks in the early spring or summer, you can stop the heat lamp during the day and just use it at […]

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