How to Start a Backyard Farm

How to Start a Backyard Farm

Learn about the many food and fiber options for small-space homesteading in How to Start a Backyard Farm. There are more than what you think!

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How to Train Chickens to Come When Called

How to Train Chickens to Come When Called (and Why You Should)

Learn how to train chickens to come when called, so you can get them to safety whenever you want. Train multiple flocks, each to a different call.

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4 Benefits of a Mixed Flock of Backyard Chickens

4 Benefits of a Mixed Flock of Backyard Chickens

Unsure if you want a single breed or a “rainbow” flock of hens? Most backyard chicken keepers will get more out of a mixed flock of heritage breeds. Here’s why.

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Creating a Chicken Habitat with Tips from Jungle Fowl

Mottled cochin hen enjoying flowers, herbs, and weeds

Learn how the chicken’s wild relatives live, and use that for guidance in creating a chicken habitat that will keep your flock happy. Space, vegetation, and tips for making the most of a small area, are discussed.

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Baby Chick Playground

Baby chick playground

A simple, movable baby chick playground furnished with logs, branches, a nest box, food, and water provides great stimulation for growing chicks. I explain how we made ours, but you might fashion something similar from materials you have on hand.

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Prevent Frostbite of Chicken Combs

The Brahma is an excellent breed for extremely cold climates.

Prevent frostbite of chicken combs by choosing the proper breed. Learn why prevention is important, why certain breeds are more resistant, and why this simple solution is often ignored.

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Pros and Cons of Backyard Chickens

Rose Comb brown leghorn (640x524)

We hear so much about the wonderful benefits of raising chickens, but the truth is that it’s not for everyone. So I thought an honest discussion of the pros and cons of backyard chickens would be helpful. I am often … Continue reading