Tag Archives: backyard chickens

Backyard chickens: How to handle chicken health problems

chicken in the bathtub

Chickens will mask their symptoms, many times, until it’s too late to help them. Even though chickens are technically predators, they are so often preyed upon that they will never, ever let on to any sign of weakness—if they can help it.

Backyard homestead: Is it possible to raise a sweet rooster?

image of rooster

I’ve been reading chicken blogs, chicken forums, and following chicken Facebook groups for several years, and I’ve read some mixed reviews of keeping roosters. We had chickens a for quite a while before we made the leap and got a rooster for our flock. We accidentally ended up with two roosters (story below), and so […]

Are chickens the gateway farm animal?

I’m just going to go ahead and answer the question of my title right away: The answer is yes. It’s my belief that chickens are, indeed, the gateway farm animal. Right now, all we have on our little backyard farm is chickens, but I’ve got goat fever in a big way. Goats are next. But […]

Thinking about backyard chickens this year? Read this first.

picture of chicken

Chickens are awesome. They just are. And, as more people begin to figure this out, the word is spreading. I know many people who are considering backyard homesteading and want to start with chickens, and with good reason. Chickens are great producers of food, highly efficient, relatively easy to care for, sweet, interesting, smart, funny, […]

Save money and the planet in 2017: How to become a maker

I’ve always been the kind of person who is hesitant about making New Year’s resolutions, but I made a couple last year that I mostly stuck to. This has me thinking I might try this again. Last year, I resolved to simplify my life and to eat more plants. Although I still have progress to […]

A chicken year in review: The best chicken stories from 2016

It seems 2016 was a big year for chickens. From chicken shaming to chicken sweaters, chickens have been in our hearts and on our minds in 2016. People all over the country are getting chickens for their farms, their backyards, and their homes. Chickens are the pets that poop breakfast, and we love them. We learned […]

Backyard chickens: Healthy treats for the winter months

Winter is upon us, and I don’t know about your chickens, but most of our chickens are hesitant to leave the coop. “Snow. I’m not touching that stuff,” they seem to say. But we have a few brave souls who will venture out, and, if our girls are anything like they were last year, eventually, […]

Backyard chickens: Preparing your flock for the cooler temperatures ahead

chickens in snow

It’s that time of year. Tonight is our first freeze in the Bangor area, and last week, our chicky girls laid fewer eggs than they ever have. There’s some molting going on, and the days are getting shorter. I saw a post on a chicken Facebook site (yes, we have those) that read “Let the […]

Rejecting the food industry: Processing chickens and finding truths

image of chickens at fence

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about my anxiety surrounding our first “one bad day” as farmers. We had 14 chickens to process, and I had never experienced anything like it before. For me, it was a tough day. A long day. A draining day—and my husband did most of the work. Still, that […]

One bad day: Preparing to process chickens for the first time

I’ve tried three times in my life to be a vegetarian. The longest I ever made it without eating meat was about 9 months. One day, I just couldn’t take it anymore. I went to a local burger joint and scarfed a giant cheeseburger. It was so good, and though I felt quite guilty, I […]