Posts Tagged ‘hens’

We have some more chickens here on the farm!  We have exciting plans for laying hens, and we realized the 20 hens (well, 19 hens and 1 rooster) we have just wouldn’t be enough for all our plans.  So, we got more birds!  We picked up another two dozen laying hens.  A couple should be […]

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Today we found out that a neighbor living in the suburbs needed help relocating a couple chickens they were raising. Like many of us they were excited to have the chance to have healthy, fresh, quality eggs, but they quickly realized the trouble with modern suburban living. One of their “hens” ended up being a […]

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Curious Hens

  Now that the meat chickens have been harvested, the laying hens enjoy investigating the portable pens!

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  This is the the waterer we use for our chickens.  The chickens learn quickly to hit the red nipples with their beaks in order to get water out.  We love this type of waterer for several reasons: chickens cannot access the stored water so it stays clean, refilling is as easy as taking off the lid, […]

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Hiding Hens!

When the laying hens are out free ranging, they have a favorite spot, under some shrubs by the shed, where they like to take a break, maybe have a dust bath, and hangout until they go out foraging again.  There are at least three hens there in this picture, although they’re hiding well!  

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New Digs

The chicks have outgrown the small brooder box we kept in our mud room. Luckily we bought this larger brooder box at the same time we bought the small one. We recently got it all setup to house the chicks until they are ready to be living outside. We put a few 2×4 scraps in […]

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Martha was able to reach out to a co-worker who she had heard kept chickens. We asked if they would be willing to take in our hens since we could no longer keep them. Thankfully they graciously accepted to take them and offered to give us fresh eggs from time-to-time as well. On top of all this it tuns out they are also homesteaders who strive to have an independent lifestyle, much like us!

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Our bees were spotted covering the front of the outside of their hive this weekend (called bearding) and we made a decision about our hens. So we wanted to share a quick video update on the bees and hens.

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The chicks have been growing incredibly fast! The cardboard nesting box we built for them was once spacious and luxurious for the little chicks, now these little hens are all bunched up and nearly able to jump over the walls when we take the top off to replace their food and water. Luckily for them, spring has come to Northern Virginia early this year! We’ve had many warm days so have taken the chicks into our yard to explore the new surroundings, under strict supervision of course.

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UPDATE December, 2014: It seems this page has been picked up on several other websites. Some people have had questions and concerns about the purpose and use of this setup. This setup was planned for use in a small backyard when we lived in a townhouse. The intention never was to have the chickens confined under […]

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According to a post on backyardchickens.com this ad was circulated in poultry magazines back in the early 20th century. After doing some research about the benefits of raising your own chickens and research done leading up to our family’s decision to not eat commercially raised meat I really found the message of this ad appealing. […]

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