Category Archives: Chickens

Ohh Man!

This morning when we hit the traffic jam in Northern VA, we pulled up behind a car with one of the greatest license plates, ever.  “OHH MAN”.  Very appropriate. We finished early today so I was able to almost finish … Continue reading

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Near Catastrophe

Last night when we came home from church, Bonney was dragging her tie out cable and anchor across the driveway.  She had pulled the anchor out of the ground, over, under, or through the electric fence, and across the yard. … Continue reading

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What are those chickens up to?!

I saw something interesting while moving the chickens this morning.

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Chicken Plucker: Part Two

After finished a new chicken tractor for the Freedom Rangers this morning, I got back to the chicken plucker.  I made a couple stupid mistakes along the way and basically had to start over.  That’s what I get for trying … Continue reading

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Chicken Feeders

The Freedom Ranger chicks are draining their 5 gallon waterer by early afternoon, and will soon be eating an entire feeder full of food each day so it was time to build more feeders and waterers.  Since I’m making them … Continue reading

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Chicken Plucker: Part One

When I bought 50 meat chickens, I started to think very seriously about how to butcher them.  In the past, we’ve butchered 10 or 15 at a time, skinning the birds instead of plucking.  If they’re young, they skin easily. … Continue reading

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One Man’s Trash…

Yesterday was the annual Route 11 Yard Crawl, so named because we could have crawled through peoples’ yards faster than we drove down Route 11.  Hundreds of yard sales were set up along the 50 mile stretch, selling everything from … Continue reading

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And the Rain Came Tumbling Down…

The rain came down… …and the tree limbs crashed.

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Freedom Rangers

The Freedom Ranger chicks from Freedom Ranger Hatchery are about 4 1/2 weeks old now.  We had one smother on a cool night the first week when they all piled together, but have had no fatalities from other causes.  They’re eating … Continue reading

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Why Chicken Tractors?

A chicken tractor is in its simplest form a mobile chicken pen. They can be built as a simple enclosure, or as elaborate coops complete with nest boxes and feeders. There are two theories on the origin of the name. … Continue reading

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