‘Backyard Chickens’ Archive

The Cross Beak Chronicles: Helen’s Story… July 30, 2020 No Comments

This is the story of Helen, my little cross beak Easter Egger. She is a survivor, to say the least, and has completely captured my heart. Helen was not expected to live very long, yet she is now three and a half years old already! She recently moved out of the main coop and is […]

Top 4 Compost Methods using Chicken Manure July 24, 2020 No Comments

It’s time to clean the chicken coop again and we have 4 compost methods for using chicken manure in your garden. While coop cleaning is not the best part of owning chickens, it’s definitely necessary. You are left with a pile of bedding and droppings, also known as the second-best thing a chicken can give […]

Scratch, Check, Peck, Repeat July 11, 2020 2 Comments

Scratch, check, peck, repeatThrough the winter cold, in the summer heatUnder spring rain, through the autumn leavesScratch, check, peck, repeat. Here you see a bug, there you see a seedKeep your body moving, everything you needLies underneath those busy, busy feetScratch, check, peck, repeat Cackle, cluck, purr, singEarly in the morning, hear our egg song […]

Use First Saturday Lime for Chickens & Your Garden Will Thank You! March 27, 2020 10 Comments

One of my must-have supplies for backyard homesteading is First Saturday lime. Garden lime (no, not the citrus plant!) is a rock powder that is widely used in organic gardening. Garden lime is alternately called limestone, agricultural lime, aglime, or just plain lime. It’s all-natural, safe for pets and kids, and it’s organic-compliant. (You can […]

So you want chickens? Here are the first 4 rules of chicken farming. March 24, 2020 2 Comments

Does Coronavirus have you thinking about producing your own food? Sweet. But take a sec and think this through, please… Yesterday I was chatting with a good friend who works at our local feed and seed store. They’ve been swamped with customers clearing out seed packs, buying up gardening supplies, and scooping up hens. That’s […]

Coronavirus Chicken Checklist March 22, 2020 No Comments

How to breeze through the apocalypse with your flock So you’re hunkered down, doing your patriotic duty to stop the spread of coronavirus. What next? I’ve come out with this coronavirus chicken checklist to help you make the most out of it. 1. Get the necessities: food, grit and shavings/bedding Agriculture and feed stores won’t […]

Agriculture & feed stores remain open per government order March 21, 2020 2 Comments

Are you concerned that if you order a new flock of chickens, you won’t be able to source feed? Don’t be: your local ag and feed stores will remain open! Agriculture stores won’t be forced to shut down per Presidential Policy Directive 21. Even as governors shut down retail businesses and ask people to shelter […]

Share eggs & get your stingy town to (finally) legalize chickens March 19, 2020 1 Comment

Do you live in a town you wish would stop stomping on backyard chickens? Have you tried to legalize chickens and failed? Does your town council or zoning commission seem to want to control your every move? Do they force you to pay for a permit for the privilege of raising a few hens? In […]

My Pet Chicken is open for business! March 13, 2020 1 Comment

With so much uncertainty around you-know-what, with schools and businesses closing, we want to let you know where we are. And as of today, we are open for business! Here’s what you need to know: COVID-19 does not affect birds as far as we know Our understanding is that birds do not carry COVID-19 and […]

March Backyard Chicken Checklist: 5 Pro Tips March 5, 2020 2 Comments

Spring has almost arrived! March 20th, 2020 is the spring equinox and we will all soon be enjoying more sunlight hours, with earlier dawns and later sunsets. (Thank goodness….) Here’s my March backyard chicken checklist to help you prepare for spring with chickens. 1.Incorporate chickens into your garden plans Gardening is the whole reason I […]