The decision to raise backyard chickens is a big step. Our expert hen-keeper walks us through things to consider before adopting chickens, plus we’ve got some creative coop ideas, a list of plants to watch out for in your garden, and an interesting look at why there are so many different egg colours.
Chicken manure is great for the garden. Learn more about creating your own compost here.
Tips for Keeping Hens
I’ve never actually had hens of my own, but I’ve been lucky enough to live amongst them. At our previous home, our backyard neighbour kept their free-range coop right by our garden. I soon fell in love with their soft coos, silly antics, and obvious attachment to their keeper. They are such wonderful pets.
These tips come from expert hen-keepers. If you are thinking of adopting hens, be sure to read this first article to be sure you’re ready.
Like any pets, adopting hens is a big step. Are you up to the task? Can you take on this long-term commitment? Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily walks us through some important things to consider first.
Ever wonder why chicken eggs can be so many different colours? Blue. Green. Brown. Cream. Pink. White. Yellow. It’s all about the breeds!
Hens peck at everything and you want to be sure that the plants in and around their coop are safe. Find out which plants are beneficial and act as natural insecticides, plus those that are poisonous and should be avoided.
Urban hen keepers come up with the most delightful coop ideas! Have a look at the snapshots I took on a local chicken keepers tour.
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛