Circle of Life: It’s Smaller with an Urban Flock

Photo by Rachel Hurd Anger A chicken’s journey around the circle of life can be a short one on any farm, whether rural or urban. Flock members can fall victim to acute illness, unexplained sudden death, human negligence and predators. These devastations can happen before a chicken reaches a ripe old age, despite the fact […]

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Keeping City Chickens

  I’d spent close to two years researching chickens before ordering my first chicks in 2010. At that time, shortening the distance food traveled to my kitchen was a personal mission. With chickens, I could reduce the distance eggs travel to just 30 feet! My chicken obsession started that honestly, but ultimately, it was just […]

Death on the Homestead

“But Momma, you can fix him! Right?” No parent wants to hear her child cry these words. We want to be superheroes to our youngsters, and we feel guilty when the cape just doesn’t work.

The First Farmer

The first farmer was the first man. All historic nobility rests on the possession and use of land. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Too Close for Comfort

Photo by Audrey Pavia Mr. Mabel tempts face as he loiters dangerously close to Milagro’s hooves. I’m not one of these people who assume chickens are stupid. I know they have that reputation, but I think they are actually pretty smart. They learn quickly, have a surprising capacity to think things out and are very […]

Recipe: Last-Minute Chicken and Sausage Contadina

iStockphoto/Thinkstock The Hudson Valley sausage would defrost quickly and pair wonderfully with roasted chicken. I love when I can feed my now-grown-up kids. This weekend though, the list of house guests doubled the morning they were to arrive. Gulp. And the backlog of garden goodies in the fridge has thinned considerably already in my area. […]

Teach Kids with Chickens

Whether they’re in the classroom, on a farm or in your own backyard, chickens are ready to teach your kids about a lot more than the three Rs.

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