Category: Farming

Homesteading: The Cost of Keeping Chickens

How much will it cost for those wonderful, free-range eggs laid in your backyard coop? Are chickens worth the expense? How long will it take to re-coop the start up costs? One of the first questions on the minds of future city chicken farmers is the cost of keeping chickens. They might dream of free-range …

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Getting Creative in the Kitchen With Zucchini

Gardeners love zucchini for numerous reasons. Once planted, this species of summer squash requires little maintenance to deliver a generous harvest. Young bright green or yellow zucchini of about 6 to 8 inches long and 2 inches in diameter contain few seeds and are perfect for most recipes. Larger zucchinis are tougher and develop more …

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Did you know backyard chickens love music and games?

If you have backyard chickens, you understand that your feathered friends provide more than just a steady supply of fresh eggs. Backyard chickens become part of your family and giving them the best helps them to thrive. From nutritious food to enrichment activities like music and games, there’s a lot you can do to make …

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Beginners Guide For Keeping Chickens

Have you ever considered raising your own backyard chickens? Today is #NationalFarmersDay, and in celebration of farmers everywhere and anyone who has ever had a spark for living off the land, we have a guide for everything a beginner needs to get started keeping chickens. Chickens have been domesticated for most of human history, and …

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How Homeowners Can Incorporate Elements of a Homestead Into Small Urban Yards

Even city dwellers sometimes dream of a healthy life on a homestead, and given the urban renewal movement of bringing gardens into the cities, some have taken the first step into self-sustainability in small urban spaces. There are lots of ways to take life a step further while remaining harmonious with city life, literally bringing …

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Plants That Will Feed Your Chickens For Free

We’re not talking about purchasing some acreage and a tractor for you to grow wheat on. We’re not talking about raiding feed silo doorways for spilled piles of grain (never do this). We’re not even talking about raiding kind grocery stores for their day old produce and bread – which many grocery stores won’t entertain …

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The Urban Chicken Movement: Ten Tips to Bring Chickens Into the City

An urban chicken movement is afoot in this country. More and more people are discovering the benefits of keeping a small flock in their residential backyard – including fresh, healthy eggs, fertilizer for their garden and just plain fun. Thinking of joining them? Here are ten tips to help you bring chickens into your urban …

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