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9 Things to Understand About Backyard Chickens

Having your own small backyard chicken flock is both entertaining and worth the effort for the eggs, but like any project you need to know what you are getting yourself into first. 1. Know how many chickens you will want. You should get at least two so they have companionship. Understand that each chicken will [...]

December 6, 2013  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: Backyard Chickens  No Comments

4 Things to Know About Eggs

There are a few things about eggs that might surprise you. 1. The term ‘free range’ only means the chickens have access to the outdoors. It does not mean they actually go out. “What?” Yep, that’s right. A coop with a window technically has access, yet the chickens may remain indoors and even in cages [...]

January 19, 2013  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Backyard Chickens  8 Comments

“So this Guy Across the Road Gets a Rooster, Right…”

Sounds like the opening line to a good joke, doesn’t it? Well, at first anyway, we weren’t laughing. Before I go on, a few things about hens: 1. You don’t need a rooster to get eggs, only to get chicks. 2. Chickens lay less as the days get shorter. 3. They lay less when molting [...]

October 26, 2012  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Backyard Chickens  4 Comments

Hens and Chicks

With 5 hens in the backyard coop we have too many eggs to eat ourselves, but too few to sell. The solution? Eat more eggs. Er..no. We got more chicks. The thing is, hens form a pecking order, and don’t want to let anyone else into that group. Last fall we moved our hens to [...]

October 2, 2012  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Backyard Chickens  No Comments

How to Test the Freshness of Eggs

So you got yourself some chickens, and just maybe- like me- you didn’t keep perfect track of when the eggs went into the refrigerator. If it was less than three weeks ago, you’re still ahead of the factory farmed eggs. Perhaps you know all your eggs are fresh, but you want the freshest to make [...]

September 11, 2012  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Backyard Chickens, Keeping up with the Joneses  No Comments

Chillin’ the Crib

Chickens can handle the cold, so winterizing a coop is more about you than them. Since my Ladies don’t like to walk on the snow, I cover the first section of their run with some 4 mil plastic (I just use a drop-cloth from the hardware store.) This keeps the snow from falling, or even [...]

January 3, 2012  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Backyard Chickens, FAQs, Keeping up with the Joneses  8 Comments

Hen Pecked

We’ve had some of our chickens for a year and a half, and although it seemed that our White Leghorn Pertelote was at the top of the pecking order, and actual order wasn’t too clearly defined. That was until they got their new coop. I guess the change in environment prompted them to work on [...]

November 29, 2011  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: Backyard Chickens, Keeping up with the Joneses  4 Comments

Happy Bird-Day

We recently brought home a few more chickens and naming them has been fun… but we have one yet to go. My FB friend Jack suggested a chicken-naming contest. Love it! So far we have: Nugget the Hungry- The yellow Leghorn, Leader of the Pack and the first to the food. Pertelote the Pretty- Our [...]

November 24, 2011  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Backyard Chickens  19 Comments

A Better Chicken Coop

Over the past year that we’ve had The Ladies we’ve learned a lot about what they need and like. Mandolin had built them a basic coop, which sufficed, but we’re looking to expand the flock come spring and it was time for a more permanent structure. We had 5 concrete piers left over from when [...]

November 5, 2011  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Backyard Chickens, Keeping up with the Joneses  2 Comments

What a Girl Wants

their first day ‘on the range’ We’ve had our Ladies for over a year now and have learned a lot about keeping a small backyard flock. The most often asked question is ‘don’t you need a rooster to get eggs?’ and the answer is ‘nope’. You need a rooster if you want to raise chicks; [...]

August 28, 2011  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: Backyard Chickens, Keeping up with the Joneses  5 Comments