Category: Natural Living

Aug 02

Cost of Keeping Chickens

How much will it cost for those wonderful, free-range eggs laid in your backyard coop? Are chickens worth the expense? How long will it take to re-coop the start up costs? One of the first questions on the minds of future city chicken farmers is the cost of keeping chickens. They might dream of free-range …

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Jun 29

8 Common Health Problems You Can Treat With Herbs and Spices

Natural herbs and spices have long been used as cures to all sorts of health problems. They cure your ailment fast while nourishing your body with essential nutrients. So the next time you think that you’re coming down with something, go all natural and use common herbs and spices as a remedy. 1. Headache If …

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Oct 05

Introducing New Chickens

I’m lucky to live in a city where there are no limits to the number of chickens you can have in your backyard flock. Still, when I got my first batch of chickens, I aimed low, as I was a bit nervous about having them. The problem is, I fell in love! And then, I …

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Oct 05

Chickens in Cold Weather: 8 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Backyard Flock Healthy and Warm

Keeping a small flock of chickens in your backyard means they will need some extra attention to make it through the winter safe, healthy, happy and warm. Where many large-scale farmers don’t go to the extra work to pamper their chicks, small flock farmers need to remember that a handful of chickens produce much less …

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Oct 05

A Chicken’s Problems

Although chicken keeping is relatively stress free, occasionally problems arise within your flock. Here’s some common issues you may encounter: Cannibalism Cannibalism can be a huge chicken problem that can often be prevented in the right conditions. Cannibalism happens when chickens start picking on each other. Once blood appears, the problem grows worse (as chickens …

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Oct 05

How to Keep a Chicken Happy

Why worry about keeping your chickens happy? Well, for one, they tend to fight less with each other when they’re content. They also tend to lay eggs more regularly. So happy chickens means happy chicken owners! If you’re new to raising chickens, you’ll be relieved to know it doesn’t take much to keep your chickens …

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Oct 05

Introducing New Chickens to Your Existing Flock

Adding new chickens your flock of birds can be tricky, but it’s not impossible. Every flock will have a period of adjustment, but with thoughtful planning, fighting can be kept to a minimum (in most cases). The goal is to have a happy, well-adjusted flock in the end, (with no blood shed or lost life). …

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Oct 05

Ten Benefits of Raising Chickens in the City

City dwelling chickens are all the rage! As more and more cities are adopting chicken-friendly zoning laws, more and more city folks are opting to raise chickens of their own. There are plenty of reasons to consider raising chickens in urban locations. Here are some of them: Chickens are low-maintenance pets. You don’t have to …

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Oct 04

How to Keep Your Chicken Waterer From Freezing

Chickens, as a rule, are pretty winter hardy animals. They can withstand some pretty cold temperatures (they’re covered with feathers, after all) if they have a sheltered, draft-free place to live. One of the biggest concerns for your backyard flock is keeping their water fresh and unfrozen in the cold winter months. To keep your …

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Oct 04

How to Determine How Much Space Your Chickens Need in Their Coop

To determine how much space you’ll need for your chickens is a matter of very simple mathematics. The more chickens you have, the more space you’ll need. A simple rule of thumb, when figuring your space requirements is to use this basic formula: 1 chicken + 4 square feet of chicken coop space + 4 …

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