Molting Chickens

Molting is a natural process that chickens go through yearly to renew their feathers. When molting, chickens gradually lose their old feathers and replace them by growing new features.  Molting can take anywhere from two to six months to complete. When a hen is...

How To Keep Your Chickens Safe, Part 1

In our recent survey the number one voiced concern was “How do I keep my chickens safe?” Here are a few ideas to do just that: Your chickens are vulnerable at all hours of the day and night. The biggest problems we hear of are neighborhood dogs and birds of prey that...

Book Review: Making Mobile Hen Houses (Roberts)

Whenever I think of building another chicken coop or chicken tractor, I look through Michael Roberts’ book, Making Mobile Hen Houses.  I have not made any coops from this book yet, but the well thought out designs and features and the close attention to detail...

Pearl White Leghorns

The White Leghorn originated in Tuscany, Italy (see map below) and is considered a Mediterranean breed. White Leghorns were brought to America in 1853 by ship.  Mr. W. Simpson, of West Farms, New York (now a part of New York City) claims to be the first person in...

Why Raise Chickens?

Andy Schneider, better known as The Chicken Whisperer, described some of the benefits of raising a backyard chicken flock in a recent Murray McMurray newsletter.  I would like to explore some of the reasons for growing chickens in more depth. Raising chickens, like...