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Raising Chickens - Old World Garden Farms

Almost all visitors to the farm want to see the chickens! In fact,  ”The Coop” as we call it – is usually the first place visitors to the farm go to see.  Our coop has been home since early 2011 to our little flock (we started with nine).

With a few minutes of care each day – they have provided us with a little over 4 dozen eggs each week – and maybe even more importantly – an incredible supply of organic matter for our compost bins.

It’s amazing how each of our chickens has developed their own personality.  Click below on the links to read any of the posts on our ladies.

How To Raise Chickens – The Simple Secrets To A Great Backyard Flock!

So just what does it take to raise a small flock of backyard chickens? We have been flooded the last few weeks with emails and questions about raising backyard chickens. And the questions cover nearly every subject imaginable: Is it difficult?Does it take a lot of time and effort? Is it best to raise chickens…

Preparing A Chicken Coop For Winter – How To Keep A Flock Safe & Warm!

The cold, snow and sleet are coming, and that means its time to prepare your chicken coop for winter! Protecting chickens from the harsh elements of winter’s fury is important to keeping a flock safe, happy and healthy. And contrary to popular belief, it doesn't take a lot of work. In fact, with a just a…

The Perfect DIY Small Flock Chicken Coop! Strong, Elegant & Inexpensive

If you are looking to create a coop to raise a few backyard chickens, this DIY small flock chicken coop is the perfect answer. Depending on the breed raised, it has plenty of room for flocks of 6 to 10 chickens. And, it has a lot of options for the backyard chicken owner! With an…

Why Raising Backyard Chickens Will Give You The Best Garden Ever!

When it comes to self-sufficient living, it is hard to beat the benefits of raising backyard chickens. Especially when it comes to powering a productive garden than needs to feed your family. When most people think of raising chickens, they think of the incredible fresh and tasty eggs that these wonderful animals regularly lay. And…

Raising Chickens – The Perfect Solution To Self Sufficient Living

When it comes to self-sufficient living, nothing quite compares to the benefits of raising chickens in your backyard. Our small flock of hens provide us with so much more than just great tasting eggs. They also help eliminate weeds,…

An Urban Farmhouse, Garden and Backyard Chickens – A Dream Come True.

For the next two weekends, we get to live out a dream in a modern urban farmhouse - complete with a backyard chicken coop, chickens, garden shed, raised beds, and…

8 Great Reasons You Should Raise Chickens In Your Backyard

"I have always wanted to raise chickens!" - It's a statement we hear at least once a week, and is usually followed quickly by: "is it difficult?". The truth of the matter is - chickens are one of the easiest "farm"…

The New Chicken Coop Is Completed – Building Security For Our Chickens

Finally!  The new coop is complete. With just a few small finishing touches to make this week - it will be ready to house our chickens for years to come.  It's just in time too - as our 18 little new chicks are more than ready to move out of the temporary pen in the…

Keeping Our Chickens Happy In The Winter

The last two weeks on the farm have been filled with a lot of snow, wind and freezing cold temperatures.  It's about this time of year that most of our friends and family start asking us how the "girls" are faring in the frigid conditions.  Our "girls" of course are our chickens, and surprisingly enough,…

Chicken Talk – Raising Our Hens

All in all - I would have to say that the most talked about of any venture we have going on at the farm are the chickens.  "The Coop" as we call it - is usually the first place visitors to the…

News From The Coop – The Hens are Happy!

Of all the things we do on the "farm" - the one that seems to receive the most attention from everyone are our chickens. The chickens were the first ever true residents of the farm - heading out in the early…

Happy First Birthday Girls – The Chickens Turn 1

As Jim and I  took a small break last week between tasks at the 'Farm', we began to think of where we were last year at this time with our dream.  We sat up…