Chickens

Speckled Sussex Chickens

Speckled Sussex Hen

Now that there’s just the two of us, I don’t keep as many laying hens as I use to. These days six to eight good hens supply my kitchen with more than enough eggs. In May I culled all of my old laying hens because they had stopped laying dependably. I wanted to start a…

Chickens Are Hard On Gardens

Laying Hens Confined During The Summer

I Keep My Laying Hens Confined For Most Of The SummerAs much as I love to watch chickens in the yard I confine my laying hens during most of the summer. I hate to keep the hens cooped up, but free range chickens and unfenced vegetable or flower gardens are a recipe for disaster. That’s…

Feeding Kitchen Scraps & Garden Waste

Pigs Eating Roma Tomatoes

Throughout most of the year our ordinary food scraps and kitchen waste will end up in one of two compost piles we keep near the garden. But during the summer months when we raise pigs the situation changes. During those months all the kitchen scraps and garden waste are fed to pigs instead of being…

A Beginner’s Guide To Chickens

Winter Chickens

Here’s my favorite podcast from the old GRANNY MILLER RADIO. Please note that this is a podcast that has been illustrated with images that I happened to have. Not all images will correspond to what is being said. Here’s some resources that are mentioned in the podcast FeatherSite.Com Backyard Poultry Murry McMurry Hatchery The Chicken Book…

Buckeye Chickens

Buckeye Pullet

Early this fall I butchered most of our large breed laying hens. Some of them were coming up on five years old and were laying less. They became worth more to us for pot pies and chicken soup than for eggs. I had hoped my 20 or so little Japanese Bantams could keep us in…