‘Chicken Feed’ Archive

Fresh greens mean healthier eggs April 3, 2013 5 Comments

I love my flock!  Watching their funny antics, getting mobbed when I show up with treats, and being adored by a few lap chickens is rewarding, but being able to supply my family with delicious, healthy eggs from happy hens is one of the main reasons I keep chickens. Hens with access to fresh greens […]

How much I saved with my chickens and garden February 4, 2013 10 Comments

Back in 2009, after deeply rooting myself into the sustainable living lifestyle, I was curious about how much I actually produced from my chickens and garden—and how much I saved over the year. It sure would be nice to put a value on the time I spent working out in the yard. Curious about how […]

Pumpkins for chickens – Pumpkins everywhere! December 11, 2012 7 Comments

Now is the time to get pumpkins for chickens. Scoop up all the left over, cheap pumpkins you can find from the grocery stores and farmers markets. They should be cheap now, or perhaps even free! Chickens just love them and they are a nutritional powerhouse for our fine feathered flockers. Pumpkins are loaded with […]

Part 3: Raising worms to feed your chickens June 27, 2012 7 Comments

Part 3: Raising worms This is the third installment of my blog about raising worms as feed for your chickens. Part one can be viewed here and part two here. In this installment I’ll address harvesting the worms and feeding them to your chickens. Harvesting worms and castings There are several ways to harvest your worms. […]

Eating seasonally: why follow the lead of your chickens? June 8, 2012 4 Comments

It’s just about time for wild blackberries to ripen in my area; I can hardly wait!  The chickens and I like eating seasonally , and the girls enjoy the blackberries just as much as I do. We have all sorts of fruits at our farm–blackberries, black raspberries, peaches, apples, plums, persimmons, cherries and pears, just […]

Three ways chickens will improve your beer March 23, 2012 21 Comments

You know what else chickens can do for you? They can help you make beer at home. No kidding. We have chicken beer all the time–the girls just LOVE helping! Well… all right, it’s not “chicken beer,” exactly. It’s not beer made from chickens. It’s not even beer made FOR chickens. (Is that what you […]

The best chicken breed to choose for the Zombie Apocalypse March 9, 2012 607 Comments

Everyone wants the perfect chicken—the very best chicken breed. Of course, what qualifies as “perfect” varies depending on your needs. Some are looking for heat tolerant birds; others want cold tolerant birds. Some want heritage chicken breeds, while others just want the best layers.  Then there  are the folks who are looking for a flock […]

Healthy Chicken Treats and What Not to Give Your Flock March 2, 2012 54 Comments

Giving goodies to your chickens is a great way to earn their trust and get them to love you!  Chicken treats are also very helpful for use in training your flock to come when called.   It’s quite a sight to see the procession that follows me every time I walk across my yard—even when I’m empty handed.  I look like The […]

Raising Worms for Feeding Your Chickens February 8, 2012 25 Comments

Some of my most cherished memories from childhood are from the years I lived on my grandparent’s 160 acre farm in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. My grandfather would plow his fields with a team of mules and I would plod along behind busting up dirt clods with my bare feet. We had chickens that […]