Are your chickens ready for winter?
It’s been a glorious autumn in Iowa, but these photos from last winter provide a chilling reminder of what lies ahead. Where I live, negative double-digit temperatures are all too common during the winter months, along with blowing snow and ice… Continue reading
Did you know that heat is more stressful on chickens than cold?
That’s not to say I don’t worry about my chickens when the temperatures drop below zero during the long Iowa winter. But they have ways to stay warm. On the coldest… Continue reading
How would you like to be confined to a 6 x 20-foot pen for your entire life?
That’s the fate of my suburban chickens. And if you keep backyard chickens in the city or a suburban subdivision, lifetime confinement probably is… Continue reading
Aren’t chickens a lot of work? I get that question a lot about my three backyard hens. And my answer always is, “No, not really.”
Don’t get me wrong. As the caretaker of your backyard flock, you will have responsibilities for the health and well-being of your… Continue reading
Are you thinking of adding a few laying hens to your backyard this spring? Housing chickens in a suburban backyard may be easier than you think. This guide will tell you how you can provide your chickens with a suitable place to live, access to the outdoors, and protection from predators… Continue reading