Monthly Archives: January 2014

Winter Brooding: The Time Is Right

Whether you are expanding an existing flock or are new to backyard chickens, hatching and raising your own chicks is a fun and satisfying experience. When the weather is cold and fresh snow blankets the ground, spring chickens may be … Continue reading

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Wedding Cake Recipe

Cake has been an important part of celebrating weddings since the time of the Roman Empire. In those days, icing wasn’t even invented and the cake of choice was a simple loaf of wheat and barley. How times have changed. The modern … Continue reading

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6 Ways to Humidify Your House (Without a Humidifier)

Are your clothes clingy in all the wrong ways this winter? Are allergies worse than usual? Kids taking far too much pleasure in zapping each other with a well-placed static electricity discharge? A dry house is probably to blame. During … Continue reading

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Raising Guinea Fowl

Native to Africa, but now found around the world, the guinea fowl is an odd duck. Or is it a chicken? Turkey? Although this game bird with a featherless head, bright red wattle and polka-dot plumage belongs to the same order as … Continue reading

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DIY Scratch Blocks for Backyard Chickens

Cold weather got you down? You’re not alone. Chickens tolerate cold weather pretty well, but like the rest of us, winter doldrums tend to set in. Most of the year, free-rangers enjoy scratching in the yard for bugs, grubs and seed, but … Continue reading

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How to Make Sauerkraut

Are there any foods you hated as a kid that became a favorite in adulthood? I have a few. There are lima beans. There’s eggplant. And then there’s sauerkraut. Sauerkraut (German for “sour cabbage”) is made by fermenting cabbage.  The … Continue reading

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Essential Backyard Chicken Terminology

Ever hear of molting? Where does the phrase “pecking order” come from? As the popularity of raising backyard chickens continues to grow, many words have crept into the vernacular, but for those new to raising backyard chickens or considering taking the plunge, … Continue reading

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Savory Sweet Potato Souffle

Sweet potatoes are especially popular in the cool-weather months. Packed with nutrition and easy to store, this starchy tuber is popular in both sweet and savory winter recipes. Although sweet potato pie is popular at my place during the holidays, … Continue reading

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Selling Backyard Chicken Eggs

Most backyard chicken hobbyists don’t start a new flock with plans for financial gain. The pleasure of fresh eggs and the joy of chicken ownership is enough to keep most engaged. For many of us, though, there comes a time … Continue reading

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Cheap Heat: Make Your Own Pocket Hand Warmers

Baby, it’s cold outside! While I may not be facing the pipe-bursting sub-zero temperatures seen in the Midwest this week, we hit single digits here in North Carolina (and here I thought I left cold weather behind when I moved … Continue reading

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