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Sadly, we are now chicken-less

Even though we were blessed with no damage from Hurricane Florence, when we thought that NC was going to be hit with a Cat 5 (ish) hurricane, things got real and my life perspective changed immediately. When you have to decide what to take with you and you can ONLY take what will fit in… Continue reading Sadly, we are now chicken-less

Chickens · Eggs

Is that egg fresh?

If you have ever cracked a rotten egg unexpectedly, you know how important it is to have an idea if the egg you are about to crack is good or not!  YUCK!!!!!  That happened to me one morning and let's just say, I didn't eat breakfast that day! Here are a few tips from Countryside… Continue reading Is that egg fresh?

Chickens · Eggs · Homestead

Easter Eggs!

  Finally !!! One of our Ameraucana pullets is a big girl now !! A hen! We found our very first "easter egger" bluish-green egg yesterday !  Our six EE girls were born last February - we got them in mid-April - and we have been waiting for this day since then!!  I was soooo… Continue reading Easter Eggs!

Chickens · Essential Oil - Recipes · Essential Oils

Cleaning the Coop Naturally

  Since we are new to chicken "farming", we wanted to incorporate our love of essential oils in our poultry care! We knew that Lemon Essential Oil is awesome for its cleaning properties and it is all natural, so we decided to use it to deodorize our chicken coop! This spray works great, is safe… Continue reading Cleaning the Coop Naturally

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Fun Fact Friday – “Are there any common chicken practices that you believe to be harmful or just less-than-ideal? Certain coop setups, feed, nesting materials, etc.”

This week's read question is “Are there any common chicken practices that you believe to be harmful or just less-than-ideal? Certain coop setups, feed, nesting materials, etc.” As far as “chicken practices”, I am only assuming that the reader means commercial practices in hatcheries and chicken processing plants.  Since we are small backyard chicken parents, I… Continue reading Fun Fact Friday – “Are there any common chicken practices that you believe to be harmful or just less-than-ideal? Certain coop setups, feed, nesting materials, etc.”

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Fun Fact Friday – Do you ever sell chicks or eggs? Is that regulated at all?

  Our next reader question is - Do you ever sell chicks or eggs? Is that regulated at all?   Great questions!! We don’t raise chickens, so as far as selling chicks, I had to research that and here  is the North Carolina Statutes on Chick Dealers and Hatcheries.  I learned a lot reading through this…thank… Continue reading Fun Fact Friday – Do you ever sell chicks or eggs? Is that regulated at all?

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15 Egg Facts You May Not Know

    Fry them, poach them, boil or bake them – any way you crack them, eggs are delicious. As much as we rely on them for breakfast, lunch and dinner (and dessert, of course!), there are many interesting facts about eggs that aren’t common knowledge. Enjoy some of these lesser-known tidbits: 1. Chef hats… Continue reading 15 Egg Facts You May Not Know

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Fun Fact Friday – “Chicken Regulations”

Our next reader question is… “Are there regulations in your area for how many you can own in proportion to the size of the property you own?” Yes, there are regulations for those that live inside the city limits of Goldsboro, NC.  The restrictions are as follows: “The chickens must be kept in a well-ventilated… Continue reading Fun Fact Friday – “Chicken Regulations”

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Fun Fact Friday – How many chickens do you need?

The first reader question we got was “How did you decide how many chickens you need? I mean how many would fit?” That's a GREAT question !  One that is very important to decide from the start! In our research, of both the internet and local “chicken parent” friends, we determined that 6 hens would… Continue reading Fun Fact Friday – How many chickens do you need?

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Fun Fact Friday is coming!

We are doing a series on "chicken questions" - things that some readers wanted to know! Although we are in no way chicken experts, quite the contrary, we are learning as we go! These questions are helping us also. Here is a list of the questions we have been asked so far...we will be answering… Continue reading Fun Fact Friday is coming!