• Living with Chickens

    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…

  • 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”…

  • Living with Chickens

    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…