Having a small home flock has become very popular.
My family and I have had chickens all my life and we love the whole process of keeping chickens, hatching the eggs, raising the chicks, feeding the hens and collecting the eggs is all a very big part of what makes chicken keeping a fun and easy way to add a little country to your back yard.
Not to mention the fresh eggs and meat that they may provide you and your family.
A small coop can easily house 3 or 4 hens and provide enough fresh eggs for a family of 4 with very little effort and cost.
First decide how many eggs you would like to have every day and that would determine how many hens you should have. There is no need to have a rooster if your housing authority will not allow one.
Hens will lay with out a rooster I just find that a rooster is colorful as well as fun to hear around the farm every morning.
Coops can be colorful as well as fun and make a beautiful addition to any garden spot.
Choose a spot that has ample sun as well as shade depending on the zone you live in.
I am always sure to face my coop to the south for the winter sun and I am also sure that they have a shade tree to escape those hot days as well.
I live in the North Country and I always add a light to my coop for the winter months to insure egg production and be sure they have ample food and fresh water daily. There are days when I will add a few flakes of Alfalfa Hay to the coop so my girls have something fun to scratch in for a little treat.
I feed my chickens cracked corn and a bit of egg layer as well as scraps and fresh greens in the winter.
Chickens can be so very rewarding so if you have thought of having chickens, please give it a try you will love it!
I found this DIY Chicken Tractor from good friends at homesteading Board . this is a perfect way to upcycle an older swing set frame for a nice Chicken Tractor or add a small Coop and some shade and your set with an inexspensive as well as usable COOP!
We are on the road again for 2014
Arlena will be appearing again at many destinations to be annonced ,sharring her love for gardening .
Chicago Flower and Garden Show MARCH 22 ,2014
Planting Miniature Gardens with Edibles.
4pm in the Seminar Rooms and 5PM on the Live Stage
We are canning Sweet Pepper Relish
I have been busy getting the garden put to bed here in Wisconsin Zone 4-5 after two really hard freezes.
I have a few buckets of beautiful peppers to make sweet pepper relish with .
This is the same recipe my Grandmother Nonie would use . It is amazing poured over a chicken and then baked .
Sweet Pepper Relish
30 peppers any color any variety.
3 lg. White onions
1 qt. apple cider vinegar
2 c. sugar
3 Tbsp. salt
1 cup brown sugar
4 Tbsp. molasses
Remove seeds from peppers and cut into halves. Place them into your food processor or chop very fine . Do the same with the onions,
Combine all ingredients into an large pot and simmer until thick . This is were I may begin to taste and tweak it a bit .
I usually double or triple my recipe and let it simmer all night. It will resemble barbeque sauce when finished.
I sometimes freeze it in Ziplocs but this season I have caned it in my Ball Canning Jars.
Try this poured over the top of chicken and then baked you will love it and add it to your have to do list every year.
Garden Wise Livings Arlena Schott Co Hosts the BlogTalk radio Show "BackYard Poultry with the Chicken Whisperer"
Today’s topic is "BackYard Vineyards" July 17th 2013 at 11 CST
Our special guest today is Lynita from Elmaro Vineyards Joins us and gives us some wonderful information on putting in and caring for a backyard Vineyard.
Whats Playing on Garden Wise Living with Arlena TV?
I have chosen to start to upload my TV series Episodes here because of all the requests from Viewers who are unable to acess my TV Series through the many Cable Channels Garden Wise Living with Arlena TV airs on.
Fall and Winter are a wonderful time to sample some of WisconsinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s finest Wines.
These are from a small winery called Sugar Creek Winery they are in Viroqua WI.