• Living with Chickens

    Hen Haven

    Living with chickens at our place has its interesting moments as we create a hen haven for our chickens. Backyard chickens are becoming more popular and if you have the space and are able to offer a good home for your girls you will have end up eating amazingly fresh and tasty eggs. Yes, the eggs our girls lay are sensational. Eggs from the supermarket cannot compare! Providing a good home for chickens is more than building or buying a chicken coop. We like our home to be a safe haven, a place where we can find shelter, comfort and security. Similarly, we like our girls also known as Princess Chickens…

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    Caring for backyard chickens

    More and more people these days have backyard chickens. I believe there are at least two reasons for this. Firstly, chickens give a valuable food source – eggs; and secondly, they are entertaining. Caring for backyard chickens is a great way to teach children about responsible pet management. While it is fun collecting the eggs, there is more to owning chickens than eating a great egg. One of the downsides of introducing chickens into your backyard is not thinking ahead about the chicken’s welfare. I have heard of people having chickens that roost at night in a tree in the backyard. Chickens are vulnerable to predators and a responsible chicken…

  • Living with Chickens

    Backyard chickens

    If you are a regular reader of my blog you will know we have backyard chickens. When we moved a couple of years ago to our home in Toowoomba I did not think this would be possible. However, we reorganised one side of our 1008 sq metre house block of land, had an enclosed vegetable garden built, then suddenly we found there was space for a chicken coop! The first step was to work out what type of home we would have for our chickens? Would we buy a flat pack or have one purposed built? My earlier posts describe what we went through to make the perfect place –…

  • KJ's Kitchen,  Living with Chickens

    Bringing home the bacon

    What does “bringing home the bacon” mean? Does it mean going out buying and bringing home the bacon? It can mean that, but it is also an adage that been said over the centuries with an entirely different meaning. It means to earn a living for the family, that is, to provide the necessities of life. At our place, it is good to know we have the necessities of life, provided after a life of work! One of the necessities of life for me, is having bacon on hand. That is, not literally on my hand, but handy, like in the freezer! We freeze our bacon between sheets of “Go-Between”…

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    Heritage hens can go broody

    It seems that more and more people these days have backyard chickens and if they are heritage hens they can go broody. It you, like me, have the space and are prepared to do a little work then you can have the joy of eating fresh eggs daily! However, when you only have two chickens and one goes broody the egg production quickly declines. A broody hen stops laying!  I have become a better judge at picking up all the signs of a broody chicken or hen if you prefer! Princess Carmella went broody for the third time several weeks ago. Chickens that are pure breeds have a greater tendency…

  • Living with Chickens,  My Garden

    Fork to Fork

    We are enjoying a fork to fork experience as our home veggie garden is producing some of our food. Why should we worry about fork to fork when it is so easy to pick up veggies at the supermarket or local markets? There are a couple of reasons why I have gone down the track and today I will share those with you. Home grown organic: the first reason is that when we grow our own organic produce we have better tasting food. We reduce the food kilometres and we know that our food is fresh – no storage! I really like beans, particularly when cooked in garlic – yummy.…

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    Chicken Jail

    The broody chicken Carmella has been in chicken jail for 48 hours. I tried a number of methods to stop her broody behaviour e.g. take her out of the nesting box and give her a treat after placing her in the run, cold packs under her when she was in the nesting box and three cold baths! Nothing worked and I felt mean making her uncomfortable. Although, she did seem to enjoy the bath water which did not have the effect of reducing her body temperature. The lengths I went to! On every occasion she would return to the nesting box, fluff up her feathers and settle into the comfort of…

  • Living with Chickens,  My Garden

    Urban farming

    For these past few days I feel like I am a farmer in Tasmania. It is wet and windy and my pink gum boots go with me every time I step out of the house. There is something about putting on those boots that gives me a sense of satisfaction – like I am doing something worthwhile. I am interacting with my environment and in the knowledge that soil, sun and water will grow what I planted. My “One & Only” (O&O) is a great gardener and I like to follow in his footsteps. Although I am not one of those people who like to get dirt under my fingernails.…

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    Chicken talk

    There is a lot of chicken talk going on at our place. Firstly, from us about the chickens and secondly, from the chicken themselves. Our four chickens have made their coop home. They love their coop and training them has been very easy. Such fast learner’s! They all lay their eggs in the nesting box and roost at night in their rest area upstairs. My “One&Only” (O&O) has moved the roosting bars three times to find the right height suitable to our Princess Chickens – the ones that get treated like royalty! Chickens get up very early in the morning, at daylight. That is why I am pleased they can…

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    We love our eggs

    We love our eggs. People all over the world, including Australia love their eggs. In Australia, people are eating more eggs. On average in Australia adults eat 5.77 eggs per week. Since we settled in Toowoomba 20 months ago we have not found an egg to match our Princess Eggs. This is what I called the eggs laid by our chickens at our previous home in Maleny. Our chickens got only the best, the royal treatment. It was only right that I gave them the title of Princess Chickens. When we moved we had to say goodbye to these Princess Chickens that consistently did their royal duty, laying eggs for…