Category Archives: Backyard Chickens

a chicken shack

I had a long chat with one of my good friends the other day. Since moving away from her we don’t talk nearly enough, so when we do we always have a ton to say. She gave me a list of things she had questions about or wanted to see on the blog. It was SO helpful to hear what someone, who is a distant reader thought and wanted to see more or less of. Here was her list: Announce who won giveaways better/more publicly Fill us in on what happened to the lambs and how the chickens are Show Continue Reading →

Backyard Chickens in the Winter

chicken feeder from 5 gallon bucket

Not everyone needs a post on a DIY chicken water and feeder from 5-gallon buckets, but someone out there does need it! Is it you? Even if you don’t have your own hens yet this might be something to store away in your “someday” file because you just never know when you might need some great info that will save you a dollar or two! Or you might have a friend who is getting into backyard chickens and you could mention this cool site you found *cough cough* and then they could benefit!   We have to start out today’s Continue Reading →

DIY chicken water and feeder from 5-gallon buckets

DIY chicken run portable

DIY portable chicken run- Last Saturday was awesomely productive and we got this puppy built, moved to the Shanty, and put all of the hens and chicks together. The chicks had been living in an upside-down watermelon box for weeks and were excited to have something new. The hens are used to free-ranging our yard and are not excited to have something new. You can’t please everyone one I guess. Here’s how it turned out: The coop to the left I built last year when I got my very first chickens (DIY Chicken Coop Tour Here) and the the “run” or Continue Reading →

DIY Portable Chicken Run

chicks with May

I love me some chickens. Last spring we got our very first bunch of new chicks from the feed store, raised them inside our house (because we were in the middle of remodeling), and then moved them out to a coop that I lovingly made from scrap wood. The hens rock (and you can check out an over-view of last year under the Backyard Chickens tab at the top). In August I found my very first egg and it totally sealed my love of backyard chickens. They are so rewarding and make awesome pets. I had 9 hens for the Continue Reading →

New Chicks

chickens magazine

Remember that one time I was in a Popular Farming Chickens magazine?! Oh, you have no idea what I’m talking about? That’s because the issue just made it onto shelves!! I’ve been sitting on this secret since the beginning of October when Popular Farming contacted me to see if I would want to be included in the 2013 edition of their Chickens magazine. Yes, yes, yes! How fun. I just answered some questions and sent a picture and then waited and waited. The magazine is a pretty all-inclusive publication that just comes out once a year. It’s big and detailed and I Continue Reading →

Popular Farming Chickens Magazine

How to Paint Furniture

It’s been a while since I updated you on how the hens are doing. I wasn’t very prepared for winter. Their coop is fine, but it’s not incredibly warm and is a bit drafty. I did some reading about the general needs of hens in the winter and most things suggested keeping a light or heat lamp inside the coop. Hens typically only lay eggs when there is 12 hours of sunlight in a day. Most of the time they will go into a natural rest period from egg production in the winter months. You can use a typical white Continue Reading →

Backyard Chickens in the Snow

how to collect chicken eggs, broken eggs, eggs from black leg horn chicken

My first resolution for 2013: Stop putting the eggs I collect in my pocket to carry them in the house…

Resolution #1

remodeling a house while living in it, how to remodel on a budget, renovations DIY

Hello! It’s feels like it has been ages since I posted. While you might not be seeing much on your end, things have been super busy behind the scenes! I moved to a self-hosted WordPress site, got some help with basic design, crashed the whole site, and managed to enjoy Christmas all in one week. I’m getting ready to make lots of changes to my pages and I’ve even added a page at the top just to showcase what is going on with the chickens.  So if see anything that is weird or not working please let me know! (blessthismessplease Continue Reading →

My 10 Favorite Posts from 2012

I have a hard time not calling the remaining three chickens “the survivors” after that tragic day the neighbor’s dogs killed six of my hens (Heartbreak and details on that day here). But survivors they are. After a few days of not laying, due to stress from the incident, they’ve bounced back just fine. One thing I’ve noticed though is that they never leave each other. The remaining three chickens have forged a new bond since their friends died and I rarely see them apart. It’s pretty cute really. I camera-stalked the ladies one afternoon and it was really fun Continue Reading →

Birds of a Feather Stick Together

Friends, I don’t even know where to start… I’ve done too much ugly crying today and writing this post seems like the only thing that I can do now. Two-thirds of my beloved chickens are dead. Six of my beautiful hens were killed for pleasure by my neighbor’s dogs today. A rotten little Chihuahua and Dachshund came into my yard, worked together to killed my birds, and then tried to bite Thomas when he went out to chase them off. Luckily the kids and I weren’t home at the time and Thomas had time to collect the remains and bury them. Continue Reading →

The End of an Era