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Have Chickens? Avoid making these 15 MISTAKES!

At the beginning of the summer, our family became the proud owners of Chickens...(key the BANJO!) and so the farm life had begun.  We started with three (3) chickens that were about a year old (or so we were told), they were seasoned, which made it that much easier for us, the beginners.  A few days before the girls arrived, Hubby found a coop on CL that just needed a little work, for a tiny investment of $30. It was a real nice coop once he cleaned it all up.   We picked a spot in the yard and then, I come home from work one day and there are now three (3) chickens occupying our homestead.  I must say, if you are on the fence about getting chickens, they are super easy to care for. We are a little scared to handle them, as our chickens are not the friendliest bunch, but they come to us when we feed them and cluck when we talk to them. Basic chicken care is fairly simple as well. 
Like all living things, they need fresh food and fresh water daily. They like my kitchen scraps, which a…

5 Ways to Put Your Chickens to Work For You

Is there anything better than fresh eggs? But what if, in addition to the eggs, your chickens could provide an extra hand (or foot, as it were) in your gardening efforts? Taking advantage of their natural desire to forage is a smart way for gardeners to get a little bit of free labor, and the chickens will love it!

Put them in the garden.Let your girls scratch and peck their way through your planting areas before you plant your crops. They’ll help eliminate pests in the soil and quickly knock down the weeds, making garden prep easier on your back. And if you’re planning to add any natural amendments to the soil—manure, compost, blood meal—sprinkle it on the ground before you move the girls in and they’ll distribute it for you. Let them work your compost.If you’ve had a compost pile for any amount of time, you know how it teems with bugs and grubs. 

This is a veritable chicken buffet!
Those creepy crawlers are a great natural source of protein for the girls. And in their efforts to find th…