A Practical Guide to Keeping Chickens – Chicken Care

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Congratulations!  You have built your coop and your girls are happily living their chicken lives scratching, eating, and roosting.  You are providing them with fresh water and plenty of food every day.  You are making sure their coop is clean and safe.  And you are waiting.  Waiting for those chicks you brought home (who aren’t chicks anymore!) to lay some … Read More

Fowl Pox

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One day while I was tending to my chickens I noticed my sweet Harriet’s comb was looking…odd.  I first wondered if she was getting pecked by the other hens.  But typically pecking wounds are more bloody in nature, and this was looking more ominous than a pecking order issue.  I snapped a quick picture and went inside to research. Fowl … Read More

Chickens and Mites, Oh My!

Kelly ListonAll Articles, Homesteading/Gardening2 Comments

I promise that you will get itchy while reading this post!  Along with backyard chicken keeping comes the possibility of a mite infestation.  Ew.  In all of the years I have kept chickens, I have never had to deal with lice or mites.  Knock on wood.  But, they are out there and it still could happen to us!  How can … Read More

Oh Lardy Talks about CHICKENS!

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Kelly loves having chickens SO much, that when Danelle from Weed ’em and Reap asked her to come on her little radio show and talk all about it, she jumped at the chance!   Raising backyard chickens in the middle of a city is definitely becoming more and more popular.  If you don’t currently own chickens, you may be thinking … Read More

How to Clip a Chicken’s Wings

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If you own backyard chickens, there may come a time when you need to clip your chicken’s wings.  Does this seem scary to you?  It did to me, too.  Don’t worry!  It is really easy and painless for the hen. I usually don’t ever clip a chicken’s wings unless there is a good reason to.  My main reason for clipping … Read More

Moving with Chickens

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So, last weekend we moved into a new house.  I know, I know, we JUST built that beautiful new coop!  Truth be told, we looked at the house we are now living in the EXACT DAY that my husband built the new coop.  The timing was terrible, but the hens needed a home.  He knew that he would be taking … Read More

Six Reasons to Keep Chickens

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Do you really need ANY reason to keep chickens in your backyard?  I suppose the number one reason to keep hens is for eggs.  That is why I got them.  But, as it turns out, there are so many other great reasons!! Jenny over at Nourished Kitchen, asked me to share my information with her readers.  Hop on over there … Read More

Tour the NEW Chicken Coop!

Kelly ListonAll Articles, Homesteading/Gardening7 Comments

Recently my husband and I ordered a custom built chicken coop for our backyard.  Babysitting our two Goldendoodles every time they had to go outside was getting old.  The chickens needed a place to be that is safe!  We also wanted a coop big enough to handle more chickens.  When we ordered the coop, we had 5 hens.  We are … Read More