The Truth About Store Bought Eggs & Chicken

Store bought eggs and chicken, we never gave them much thought until we began to learn in what kind of conditions commercial chickens are raised. The modern, commercial/industrial egg farms do provide lots of eggs for people who don’t raise their own hens but the conditions in which they are raised are inhumane, in our [Read On]

Meet Real Free-Range Eggs – Mother Earth News

By Cheryl Long and Tabitha Alterman Original Article at Mother Earth News Most of the eggs currently sold in supermarkets are nutritionally inferior to eggs produced by hens raised on pasture. That’s the conclusion we have reached following completion of the 2007 Mother Earth News egg testing project. Our testing has found that, compared to [Read On]

Oxine for Chicken Respiratory Ailments

By Posey’s friend Kelly I recommend the use of Oxine AH.  No matter where you buy it, they will try to tell you that you need to buy the citric acid activator.  Just say you already have it, and you will avoid the argument I got about how it must be used.  You don’t need [Read On]

Gabby’s Baby Chicks – Video

Here is a short video of the baby chicks that hatched out just days before Passover. Gabriella is one of the four chicks that hatched from the small clutch we put under our first ever Broody Hen, named Vera. Those chicks hatched out last July 1st and now one of them, a hen named Gabriella, [Read On]

Raising Chickens Resource Listing

This post is a complete resource of all the podcasts about raising a flock of backyard chickens and the companion broadcast notes and written posts that we have available at this time. We are willing to help answer questions or trouble shoot problems or illnesses. All we ask is that you FIRST, please listen to [Read On]

Baby Chicks for Passover!

Last June, to our surprise one of our Australorps decided to go broody. Why was that a surprise? Because the Australorp breed of chicken does not usually exhibit the mothering characteristic of “Broodiness.” This is when a hen has laid enough eggs to be a clutch (in her mind any way) and her hormones change [Read On]

Spring in Yisrael

I just had to share this photo and quote by Keren Hannah Pryor. “Spring – Aviv in Israel – wild flowers cover the Land – a glowing carpet sprinkled with bright red poppies – the blood of the Passover Lamb – signalling freedom and redemption – looking to the light – anticipating the arrival of [Read On]

Pergola Perfect

A pergola is an architectural garden feature that makes a shaded sitting area or walkway. It consists of vertical posts that support cross-beams which make a sturdy framework to support woody vines. I have always loved pergolas and gazebos. When we were building our English Cottage Garden in place of a back yard my husband [Read On]

Feeding Your Flock

Feed for Your Flock There are many poultry feed manufacturers and a wide variety of feeds available. We recommend that you do a little research on the internet at some of the chicken forums, like backyard chickens and see what other chicken raisers are using and why or why not. Baby Chicks up to 16 [Read On]

Herbs We Grow: Medicinal & Culinary

We love fresh Herbs and we use them for medicinal purposes and to cook with. I love to go outside and rub my hand along a leaf or stem and then hold it to my nose and breathe in the beneficial essential oils that are naturally occurring in the herbs. I also love to take [Read On]

Our Nest Box Units

Our first flock of chickens started to lay during the last week week of October and we didn’t have next boxes installed yet. I actually thought that they wouldn’t lay until Spring so I was caught by surprise! My husband was at work and I didn’t want to encourage the young pullets to just lay [Read On]

Our Chicken Coop Layout

Our current chicken coop is a refitted shed that was on the property when we purchased it last year. The shed is circa 1950 and is just a wooden frame with sheet tin for the walls. Sometime in the past 12 years the exterior was covered in vinyl siding and electricity was added. It has [Read On]

Essentials for the Chicken Coop

There are two basic types of chicken coops: stationary coops and movable Chicken Tractors. Chicken Tractors are made of light-weight materials, usually have at least two wheels and have a permanently fenced run area attached to them. They are small and are intended to be moved around the yard or property so that the chickens [Read On]

Chicken Foraging & Outdoor Life

Chickens thrive when they have a clean, safe, natural outdoor place to live and to forage for food during their daytime hours. Foraging will make up 50% of their daytime activities and part of their diet, the rest of their diet will be provided by you in the way of feed.     To listen [Read On]

Choosing Chicken Breeds to Raise

Each breed of chicken has its own physical, social and laying characteristics. Some are better suited to high production egg laying and are used in commercial egg laying operations but can be flighty and high strung. Other breeds are best suited for backyard flocks and lay well but also have wonderful temperaments. Still other breeds [Read On]