An Air Conditioner in the Chicken Coop?

Kelly ListonAll Articles, Homesteading/Gardening29 Comments

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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 Beginning Breeds for the Homestead

Tamara MannellyAll Articles, Healthy Lifestyle, Homesteading/Gardening4 Comments

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There’s something truly amazing about animal husbandry. Rearing animals from infancy to adulthood, connecting with them on a personal level, giving them the best life and death possible — it’s easy to see why so many people are swearing off commercially produced milk, eggs, and meat and simply producing and raising their own. However, when you’re just getting started in … Read More

A Practical Guide to Keeping Chickens – Chicken Care

Kelly ListonAll Articles, Homesteading/Gardening5 Comments

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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

Kelly ListonAll Articles, Homesteading/Gardening3 Comments

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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!

Kelly ListonAll Articles, Homesteading/GardeningLeave a Comment

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