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  • Vital Farms pasture raised eggs
    LA Chefs' Suppliers - Vital Farms pasture raised eggs
    This past summer Vital Farms, the only national supplier of pasture-raised eggs in the country, conducted an online survey. One of the questions Vital Farms posed was an open ended one where people were asked to describe, in their own terms, what...
  • Red Junglefowl
    Grandfather Chicken rules the roost in one small Georgia town
    While we're all thinking about Thanksgiving turkey, I urge you to consider a more humble fowl: the chicken. Like the first Thanksgiving, when white settlers survived the Massachusetts climate after their misguided efforts to reach Virginia...
  • Baby chick
    Man mails fifteen live chicks to his ex-girlfriend
    In what may be one the fowlest stories this week, a Washington, D.C. woman received a box of baby chicks from her ex-boyfriend. The man boxed up the future McNuggets and sent them with a note that said that there are “a lot of other chicks...
  • Group of Chinchillas
    The five greenest pets for your kids
    You may be reluctant to invest in a pet for your child because of the work, cost, and environmental impact associated with caring for an animal. While it's true that dogs, horses, and other large pets can cost a lot of money and wreak havoc on...
  • Baby chickens are called "chicks."
    Facts about chickens
    Farming is an integral part of society across many cultures. Animals like chickens, cows, goats, pigs and sheep have been used by humans for so long that they are now regarded as being “domestic animals,” especially those that can be...
  • Fall Flock To-Do Boogaloo
    Fall Flock To-Do Boogaloo
    Late summer brings an opportunity to prepare for maintenance needed during cold months while it's starting to cool off. When the feathers start flying off of your birds, that molt indicates the countdown has begun!!Always welcome the molt as...
  • Corn on the cob for chickens
    Preserving corn to use as treats for your chickens in winter
    One thing people trying to live a self-sustained lifestyle try to do is recycle and reuse whenever possible. This time of year, the harvest is plentiful and fresh produce is plentiful. Whether you grow it yourself, get it from a neighbor or buy it...
  • Chickens AK-47
    Chickens AK-47: Chickens, Kalashnikovs, fireworks and pot found in crazy crash
    Chickens, AK-47 assault rifles, marijuana and fireworks. Sounds like a shopping list for a cracked-out con. That’s not far off from the truth, considering the 21-year-old Pennsylvania man who was arrested after crashing his SUV was charged...
  • Chickens
    Early chicken molt: Does it portend a harsh winter?
    People often rely on lore and myth to predict what the weather will do in upcoming seasons. Things like the thickening of fur on animals or an abundance of acorns in the late summer or early fall have been cited as omens of a particularly harsh...
  • Beekeeper inspects bees
    Considerations for raising bees and chickens together
    Many homesteaders like to be as self-sustaining as they can be. This often leads then to dabble with raising various types of livestock. Chickens are a natural for many and now there is a growing interest in keeping bees, too. Mother Earth News...
  • Chickens enjoying the shade
    Keeping chickens cool in the summer heat
    Air conditioning in your home might keep your house pets comfortable in summer, but what about your backyard chickens? What special precautions can you take to help your flock tolerate a heat wave?Breed BasicsIf you're in an area of the...
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    Did firefighter poison chickens because he thought they were mocking him?
    Police have arrested and charged a veteran firefighter with 11 counts of malicious killing of a domestic animal after he used rat poison to kill 11 chickens living in a coop behind a neighbor's house. According to an Aug. 5 report fromThe...
  • Factory farming of chickens
    Chicken farms abuse chickens and deliver unhealthy meat
    We all want to know our food comes from healthy growing situations. This includes our beef, pork and poultry. The truth is, most chickens are raised in dirty, cramped living quarters and are bred to grow so large at a fast pace that the animal can...
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    Unusual Earth Day activities
    Today is Earth Day. Most people are at least aware of how critical saving the planet is, and many do at least one or two helpful things, like recycling, using less water, or repurposing containers or other items. Businesses are built on...
  • Nearly 200 chickens seized from Connecticut home.
    Hoarding: Nearly 200 chickens seized from Connecticut home (videos)
    Nearly 200 chickens had to be euthanized after a Plainville, Connecticut couple’s alleged ‘hobby’ grew out of control. The owners, Joseph and Mary Honyak, now face animal abuse and neglect charges after authorities with the...