Category Archives: Backyard Chickens

Garden Update – July 2017

My garden is looking promising, even with our short growing season and the excessive rain we have gotten this year. I see buds or flowers on almost every plant and I’m really excited to see what kind of yield I can get! Everything has sprouted, except the rhubarb. I’m not sure why, but the rhubarb […]

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Our Little Homestead

People often ask us how many animals we have, so I thought I would do a little update of our creatures. I will start with our most beloved animals, our blue heeler mixes, also called Australian cattle dogs. We have 2 and both are adopted from shelters. Sadie is estimated to be about 7-8 years […]

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Raising Backyard Chickens 101

I am so excited to hear so many people I know are considering backyard chickens. I mean, how can you resist those little puffs of happiness when you visit them at Tractor Supply or your local feed and hardware stores? I think most people are surprised to find out that backyard chickens don’t have to […]

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Building a Chicken Coop: Part 4

**This is part 4 of a 4 part series.  Start at Part 1, or catch up with Part 2 and Part 3** It has taken me a long time to come back and finish this series, but here it is! Part 4 will include what finishes we added to the coop and what we learned. […]

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Fresh Eggs Come in All Sizes

We are always excited to see what we get when we look for eggs. They come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and colors. We have gotten several double yolk eggs, but today we got the tiniest egg ever. When I put on the scale, it didn’t even register. (Compare this to Pearls eggs that […]

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Whoopi: Our Golden Polish

Whoopi Goldbird, our golden polish, was part of the second order of chickens we placed.  With our first order, we paid for an egg laying variety and they send whatever they have available at that time.  The second time we ordered chickens, we selected the breeds ourselves.  Ryan HAD to have some top hat chickens. […]

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Pearl: Our White Leghorn

Right now we have 18 chickens that are taking over my garage until the weather gets nicer and we can get them a real coop!  They are loving the warmer weather though and are laying eggs like crazy.  I have been trying to catch a peek at who is laying what since they are right […]

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Temporary Chicken Housing

We have moved about 30 minutes away from our first home. The new place doesn’t have a chicken coop, so we needed to set up something temporary. For a few weeks we left them in their coop and visited to feed and water them every other day. While not ideal, it worked out for a […]

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Chicken Run Door

Last fall we built a chicken run attached to our chicken coop.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time before the snow got too deep to add our door.  Ryan ended up crawling through our chicken door to get into the run to shovel during the winter months.   Keep in mind that door is 12″x12″. […]

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Chicken Tractor Modification

When we initially built the $40 Chicken Coop in May of last year, we thought about putting wheels on it to help with moving it around the yard.  Like most projects we get into, however, we were racing to get the coop built before our meat birds were ready to go outside and just didn’t have […]

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