The Hearty Homestead

 

Do I Need to Wash My Eggs?

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The Values of Older Chickens

When chickens become older hard choices will need to be made as to their futures. Chickens begin to slow down egg production between 2-3 years of age. For some it’s an easy choice to cull older less productive birds. Either prepping them for the stew pot or turning them into homemade stalk. Others, elect to re-home them to other chicken enthusiasts. While both are valid options, my desired choice is to allow older chickens to simply retire here, on our farm and choose their new part-time jobs. 

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Why Chickens and Children are Great Companions

        My family is coming up on our fourth year of raising chickens. The experience has been much more rewarding than we had initially anticipated. I thought they would stay in their coop and we would occasionally get eggs and that would be about it, which I was totally fine with. But, after watching everything my children have learned through the experience, I don't think I will ever not keep chickens. Not only have my children learned so much from the experience, they truly enjoy the time spent with our hens. Here are just a few reasons why chickens and children go so well together.

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Best Breeds for Raising Chickens with Children

Chickens and children are a perfect match. Chickens are an easy animal to take care of and most school age children should be able to care for a small flock on their own with little help from adults. I think that there is a valuable lesson in raising chickens at a young age, in particular. Not only do kids get the satisfaction of caring for an adorable pet, but they also learn that with responsibility comes reward in the form of eggs in the nesting box. I’ve yet to meet a child that doesn’t get a thrill from collecting a basket full of eggs. 

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Chicken Breed Spotlight: "Easter Egger" Chickens

One of the most popular chicken breeds is the "Easter Egger" and I'm not surprised one bit!  Not only are they usually assertive, friendly and comical, but they come in a wide variety of colors and patters and lay eggs in a wide variety of shades.

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Chicken Coop Checklist

Make Sure Your Coop is Ready for Spring!

Spring is quickly approaching, which means more daylight, warmer weather, and (most importantly) more eggs.  This is the perfect time to make sure you are all stocked up and prepared to keep a clean and comfortable coop all spring and summer long.  You, your chickens, and probably even your neighbors, will be glad that you did.  Besides, it is always satisfying to be able to proudly show and appreciate what a tidy coop you keep!  

Whether you're raising chickens for the first time (which we have broken down into 3 easy steps here), bringing new birds into the coop, or just want to make sure you're taking advantage of all of the latest and greatest innovations in the world of poultry products (and there are lots!), it's always good to start with a list.

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