‘Gardening’ Archive

The 6 Silliest Arguments Against Backyard Chickens July 20, 2012 67 Comments

We’ve never heard any meaningful reasons against keeping a small flock of pet backyard chickens. Objections to urban and suburban chicken keeping usually spring from basic ignorance or a lack of education about chickens, and occasionally just a plain lack of common sense. Below are the basic objections you will hear… and as you will […]

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. […]

Chicken poop nincompoop June 13, 2012 20 Comments

Our personal flock recently had its very first illness, and I am 100% to blame. In seven years, we’ve had to worm our flock ONCE. That’s the single solitary health problem we’ve ever had. Then, I had to go and get dumb. Although I’m smacking my forehead and slightly embarrassed about my lapse in judgment, […]

Free Range? Four Ways to Manage your Small Flock June 1, 2012 51 Comments

For people new to chicken keeping, deciding how they will manage their flock—free range or confined— can be pretty daunting. Part of the problem is that there isn’t really one BEST way to keep a flock. A lot will depend on your own situation. For instance, my chickens free range in the true sense. That […]

What’s growing in your garden? May 30, 2012 4 Comments

Yes, I know chickens can be hazardous to a garden.  They scratch near the roots, they dust bathe, and they might even eat the fresh veggies or fruits you were planning to pick and serve for dinner.   Even though I am aware that chickens and gardens do not typically mix unless chickens are controlled within […]

Poultry Keepers Best Friend May 16, 2012 20 Comments

Have you heard of Diatomaceous Earth? Listen closely, for it is the best thing since peanut butter and for chicken keepers it is your best friend. Take heart if you’re interested in keeping medications to a minimum, because it is non-toxic and totally natural. Plus, it’s accepted in organic feed regimens. What is it? Is […]

Shannon’s Homemade Monster Tomato Fertilizer Recipe May 7, 2012 83 Comments

My chickens are gifts that keep on giving. Nothing they create goes to waste. In my previous article about composting chicken poo, I mentioned how even chicken waste isn’t wasted, but put to use in my garden. Egg shells can go into the compost pile, too, and they make an excellent, enriching addition–mine sometimes do–but […]

Part 2: Raising worms to feed your chickens April 17, 2012 6 Comments

Part 2: Raising worms to feed your chickens This is the second installment of my post on raising worms to feed your chickens! Part 1 can be viewed here. When I build my beds, I start by laying in my bedding. Strips of newspaper, manure or peat moss makes very good bedding. Then I moisten […]

The Joy Of Chicken Poo April 13, 2012 9 Comments

As a gardener I take advantage of my chickens’ droppings whenever I can.  First, I get all dressed in my chicken cleaning uniform, gloves and boots,  then trudge out to the coops with shovel in hand. When I clean the coops I make sure nothing is wasted and it all gets moved right to my […]

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 […]