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Backyard Chicken Tragedy

Backyard Chicken Tragedy
It happens even to the best of us...Sometimes backyard chickens die.  But usually, it's not the whole flock.  Occasionally, one will get egg-bound or will die from random causes.  Some chickens can be victimized by a rogue crow, raven, or hawk.  Even worse, raccoons or bobcats can terrorize flocks.  Yet I have to admit, it is even worse when the source of the tragedy is closer to home. This is Barley.  She looks sweet, doesn't she? But one day when I came home after being out for a few...

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My Not-So-Secret Love of Backyard Chickens

My Not-So-Secret Love of Backyard Chickens
Several years ago, my daughter joined 4H. I did a happy dance because that meant that we finally had a legitimate excuse to get chickens. I have always been an animal girl, but when I was growing up, my mom never allowed me to get any pets beyond the family dog. It was sort of traumatic, actually. In 3rd grade, my class raised crayfish to learn about their life cycle. Many of the other children were allowed to keep theirs, but I had to release "Pokey" into the stream instead. When I was 13...

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My October Unprocessed Post - Backyard Chickens ...

My October Unprocessed Post – Backyard Chickens Have the Good Life
Today, I'm a featured guest writer for the October: Unprocessed project over at Eating Rules:  Backyard Chickens Have the Good Life Don't miss it...There's video involved!
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Say Goodbye to Wasted Food - Hello to Fresh Eggs...

At my most recent cooking birthday party, we had to scrape the leftover noodles from the plates before they were washed.  But have no fear - those noodles would not go to the landfill.  I brought out my trusty zip-top bags, collected the remaining food...and brought it home.  For our chickens.  Yes, I said "chickens." See... [gallery order="DESC"] Perhaps the chickens think I just fed them some giant worms.
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Loving our Backyard Chickens

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Grow Your Own: Our First Chicken Eggs!

We were shocked to find a pile of 7 teensy eggs inside the nexting area of our chicken coop last week.  We hadn't even realized that our girls had started laying yet!  Our kids could hardly wait to get into the kitchen and eat them. These eggs are hardly the type that come to mind when you think of "eggs."  First of all, the first few eggs laid by a chicken tend to be smaller than the ones they lay after they have "stretched," for lack of a better term.  Also, they were laid by Bantam Mottled...

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Earth Day Post: Chickens Recycle, Too

One reason I was so eager to jump on board when my daughter asked to do the 4H poultry project is that they are such great recyclers.  Huh?  Chickens recycle?  But they can't sort the cans and paper and drag the bins to the curb.  True, but they can eat nearly all of the scraps from our plates after dinner.  And they love the veggies that I have forgotten about on the bottom of the bin in the refrigerator. And not only do they divert lots trash (from the landfill or my compost bin), they take...

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Safety Tips for Your Backyard Chicken Coop

Recently, I shared some photos of our new backyard chicken coop.  We designed it after talking with lots of 4H families who raise poultry - taking into consideration many of their horror stories about predators and pests.  Here are a few tips that you might want to incorporate into your own coop design. Consider using Hardware Cloth instead of chicken wire.   The holes are much smaller, which will prevent rodents from simply crawling through (or other predators from reaching through and pulling...

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Photos of Our Chicken Coop Construction

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Backyard Chickens – Bug Eaters, Fertilizer Mak...

[caption id="attachment_438" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Barred Cochin"][/caption] My daughter started 4H this year and I couldn't be happier. As an animal person myself, I am thrilled that she is passionate about animals and wants to learn more about them. She has been a fan of chickens for several years, coveting the ones that belong to our friends. I never thought that chickens would be in our future, but when my husband saw how much she was learning about them in 4H, he caved (I...

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