Urban Farming

What’s Up With All The Egg Colors?

by Jenny Peterson on April 1, 2014

in Food,Urban Farming

Before I started raising chickens, I’d buy my eggs at the grocery store, and always wondered what the difference was between egg colors. I had this idea that the brown eggs were more exotic or healthier. So, what’s the scoop with all these different egg colors — white, ecru, light brown, dark brown, dark brown […]

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Deciphering Egg Carton Labels

by Jenny Peterson on March 25, 2014

in Food,Urban Farming

When I first started raising chickens a year ago, there were some terms that were confusing to me. Specifically, the description of the eggs. For example, when you buy eggs at the store, you can purchase regular/cheap eggs, organic eggs, cage-free eggs, and on and on. But what do these mean, and what should you […]

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When A Chicken Dies

by Jenny Peterson on January 21, 2014

in Urban Farming

Yeah, so….my brother-in-law’s dog, Tosca, came to visit yesterday and she wound up killing one of our chickens, a beautiful and sweet natured girl named Omelette. I’m not at all upset with Tosca — this was human error in that: Our chickens were out free-ranging Tosca was not on a leash and is not used […]

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Chicken Broodiness: Good or Bad?

by Jenny Peterson on August 27, 2013

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Our 19 chickens have been laying eggs for a number of weeks now, but I’ve just noticed something odd with one of our girls. Savannah Lucille, one of our Kraienkoppes, seems to be broody. The term “broody” initially was a little hard to grasp for me, for some reason — I wasn’t sure if it […]

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What to Feed Your Chickens

by Jenny Peterson on August 13, 2013

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We got our chickens as babies back in February, so we’ve had a few months to experiment with what to feed them. Their basic diet is organic feed from  Callahan’s Feed Store, but there are a ton of other things you can give your chickens as treats. Like grass clippings: So grass clippings are a […]

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Got chickens? If they are approaching 6 or 7 months old — get ready! They’ll be laying eggs pretty soon. We got our first egg a few weeks ago, and now about 5 of our 18 girls lay every day. Want to know what it looks and sounds like? Check this out: Peralipka, one of […]

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What To Do When Your Chicken is Injured

by Jenny Peterson on July 16, 2013

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We had high hopes for our dog, Pip. She is a large, mixed breed dog, and is well-behaved and sweet. She also has a real killer instinct when it comes to things coming into her yard (i.e.: rats, possums). So when we got our 18 baby chicks back in February, we’ve worked hard to acclimate […]

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The Hazards of Backyard Hens

by Jenny Peterson on July 2, 2013

in Urban Farming

Since I am the proud new owner of 18 chickens, I can totally relate to this! Very funny and TRUE. You might also enjoy these articles:Chicken Broodiness: Good or Bad?When A Chicken DiesWhat to Feed Your ChickensWhat To Do When Your Chicken is InjuredThe Chickens are Here!

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The Chickens are Here!

by Jenny Peterson on March 17, 2013

in Urban Farming

We’ve been planning to have chickens now for, oh, about 3 years — and now we finally have them! We built a chicken coop (post to come on that one) and then went to buy our chickens at Callahan’s General Store. They didn’t have the exact breeds we were looking for, so we came home […]

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10 Chicken Coop Tips

by Jenny Peterson on April 18, 2012

in Urban Farming

So The Hunky Fiance and I recently went on the Funky Chicken Coop Tour–we went on the tour last year, but I found this year’s tour to be a ton more helpful as we prepare to have chickens in the Back 40. What made the difference? Cooler-looking coops (I demand form and function!), a wider […]

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