Its done. The chickens were harvested. They were actually harvested back at the beginning of November. And I am just now getting this post to you. I struggled with what EXACTLY to share with you. I mean, it is a post about killing chickens. Yikes. In the end, I have decided to share with you my experience in how … Read More
How to Raise Meat Chickens – Part 3
Here we are, 5 weeks into raising these meat chickens. In my last post we had JUST received the chicks. The cute little yellow fluff balls. I was surprised at how much food they were eating (still SO much) and I was eager to get them out into the awesome chicken tractor that my husband built! Fast forward to now. … Read More
How to Raise Meat Chickens – Part 2
The meat chickens are here!! A week ago, I got a call from my friend announcing that the chicks have arrived!! Woohoo! Wait, is the coop ready? Do we have everything? Do we know everything we need to know about how to raise meat chickens? My husband put some last minute touches on the coop while I put together our … Read More
An Adventure in Raising Chickens for Meat
How to Raise Chickens for Meat Yup! You read that right! Half of Oh Lardy is venturing into the world of raising chickens for meat! Well, we have always enjoyed having chicken at our dinner table, but we have never been the ones to harvest them. Until now. Well, not until December. It’s cooler then. When I began my … Read More
An Air Conditioner in the Chicken Coop?
Yes. You read that correctly. We put an air conditioner in the chicken coop. Are my chickens spoiled? Perhaps. But they are alive!! Living in Phoenix, I am challenged with keeping my chickens alive during the summer. Our temps have been known to creep up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Fortunately, that isn’t normal. But 110 is still darn hot!!! … Read More
Best Posts of 2015!
2015 has come to a close and we can’t thank our readers enough for all of your support! We couldn’t do this without you! We wanted to share with you our top posts for 2015! These are the posts that got the most traffic all year! We hope you enjoy them, if you haven’t seen them already! We wish … Read More
The Definitive Guide to Keeping Chickens in the Winter
**Today, Claire Smith over at The Happy Chicken Coop, is sharing an article she wrote on how to raise chickens in the winter . You know Kelly raises backyard chickens, but she lives in Phoenix, so doesn’t have to worry too much about winter weather! Claire is willing to share with you today how keeping chickens in winter can be … Read More
Fodder for Chickens
What is fodder, you may ask? Quite simply, it is food for livestock. Usually dried grasses or hay. For my hens, fodder is sprouted grain allowed to grow beautiful green shoots. Lots of chicken owners grow fodder for chickens during the winter months. With snow covered grounds, fresh green grass, essentially, is a welcome treat for hens! Chickens love eating … Read More
Fermented Chicken Feed
You all know how much Oh Lardy loves to ferment foods! If it is a veggie, a fruit, even a juice, we have tried to ferment it. So, it should come as no surprise that I decided to ferment my chicken feed. I mean, why not? Fermenting their food will improve the enzyme content and increase vitamin levels! Fermenting chicken … Read More
A Practical Guide to Keeping Chickens – Resources and Questions
A while ago I took a little poll on Facebook. I mentioned that we were planning a series on Chicken Keeping and wanted to know your questions! We had a great response and I took notes. Hopefully, I answered most of your questions throughout this series. However, there were still a few specific questions that I wanted to make sure … Read More
A Practical Guide to Keeping Chickens – Eggs!
I have often equated the time spent waiting for my chicken to lay her first egg to the time spent waiting to go into labor with a child. When I first got chickens, I was on egg watch the second they turned 5 months old. “Any day now” I kept telling curious friends and family. And when that day finally … Read More
A Practical Guide to Keeping Backyard Chickens – An Introduction
When I was a child, I grew up smack dab in the middle of Phoenix. We had a small backyard, a couple of dogs, and a couple of cats. No farm animals. I didn’t even have any friends who had farm animals. Wait, scratch that. My best friend’s father had horses. But I don’t really count those. Not sure why, … Read More
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
Top 10 Uses for Diatomaceous Earth
Even for a dedicated diatomaceous earth user like myself, I’m always learning new ways to use DE. Read our top ten ways to incorporate diatomaceous earth more fully into your life. Use this as ant killer and repellent in the home. Definitely one of the most popular reasons to use DE, and you’ll be glad you used it. Even if … Read More
Chickens and Mites, Oh My!
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!
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
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