Backyard chickens: feed

When we first got chickens we fed them mostly with purchased organic feed (we started with Modesto Milling, and later moved to Scratch and Peck, which the chickens love), supplemented with kitchen scraps and whatever bugs and plants they could scrounge from our property, over which they had free range at the time. Continue reading

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Backyard chickens: the birds

We got our first batch of chicks, back in 2011, from a local feed store, selecting a variety of standard-size laying breeds plus one Bantam hen. At the same time, a friend gave us 8 Cornish Cross chicks, which are the most common breed used for meat in the United States. Continue reading

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Backyard chickens: coop

Before we got a flock of chickens we needed housing for them.  We have a bandsaw mill and lots of trees that needed thinning at our remote land up in the Sierra, so we went up there to get the wood.  It was a bit of a process, since winter storms had blown a bunch of trees down:

Early 2011: We had a wild winter that year.

Step 1: Remove fallen trees from mill

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