Heritage chicken breeds are great dual purpose birds. In this article, you’ll learn about 5 breeds of chickens your grandparents likely kept, their advantages, and how to keep these historic breeds alive.
I recently came into the possession of some bantams and they are ridiculously cute. They also have a job to do…. I’m hoping they will hatch some eggs. I thought I better find out a bit more about them first though! Here’s what I’ve learnt about bantams….
Working out how many hens and how many roosters you have can be very tricky when the chicks are little. With Sussex chickens there is a way to tell from about four weeks old. This post shows you how to tell this difference an also whether your chickens are pure-bred or have been crossed.
A while back, my cousin gave us a beautiful pair of Jersey Giant hens. They were 18 months old and were laying eggs. He said that Jersey Giants were slower to mature but made great layers. Zoey and I Ooohed and Aaaahed over them for days. They are solid black with bright red combs and […]
There are hundreds of chicken breeds out there and it can be hard to know which ones are best suited to your farm, or why a chicken was bred with funny feathers or a bare neck. If you’ve ever been confused by the choices out there, here is a little bit of explanation behind the […]
Raising meat birds is one way to be assured of the quality of chicken you are feeding your family. Our family raises 150 meat birds each year, and we will can and freeze the meat to eat throughout the rest of the year. Our personal favorite meat bird variety is the Cornish Cross.