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Raising Chickens

Losing My Chickens -- Lessons Learned

Geri Spieler | Posted 02.06.2015 | HuffPost Home
Geri Spieler

I understand raccoons need to eat too, just not my chickens. I can't argue with nature, but I can keep my pets safe. Although their suburban yard is large, they have limited space to run and hid for cover. They are trapped.

Saying Yes to Animals, As Long As They're Not Ours

Samantha Shanley | Posted 09.14.2014 | Parents
Samantha Shanley

Instead of bringing home goldfish from the town fair or letting hamsters go rogue between our bedroom walls, my family takes care of the chickens at our local farm.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Chickens

Chuck Nyren | Posted 08.11.2014 | Fifty
Chuck Nyren

A couple of months ago, four chicks were purchased at our local Co-op -- along with a bag of crumbles (a new word for me), various water and food containers, a sack of wood shavings and a heat lamp.

Live Baby Chick Cam: Meet Our Polar Vortex Miracle!

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by Leah Zerbe, an online editor at The cyclical nature of life is perhaps nowhere more apparent than on a farm. The trusty tomato pl...

A Tribute to Lady Gaga, the World's Bravest Rooster

Maria Rodale | Posted 04.27.2014 | Green
Maria Rodale

I'll never forget where I was the day I heard Lady Gaga crow for the first time. Not the singer, but my chicken, a particularly beautiful little guy with flashy feathers and a gorgeous, larger-than-life swagger.

City Living Is for the Birds

Barbara E. Royal, D.V.M. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Barbara E. Royal, D.V.M.

The advantages to having chickens foraging in my yard outweigh the trouble of their care. If you are considering chickens, provided your city or suburb's code allows them, here are a few thoughts about their care.

7 Ways to Care for Summer Chickens

Maria Rodale | Posted 08.14.2012 | Green
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Jean Nick, author and sustainability expert If you bought chicks in the spring they are about half grown by now, and they're big eno...

A Mom Teaches Her Children the Importance of Food (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 07.10.2012 | Home
Rebecca Gerendasy

With her husband overseas serving in the military, Gilbert endeavors to educate and instill an appreciation for fresh, locally produced food with her three young boys.

The Secret to Happy Backyard Hens

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.12.2012 | Green
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Jean Nick, author and sustainability expert After a few weeks, the thrill of having chicks in your dining room starts to wear thin, ...

How to Start Raising Chickens

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.22.2012 | Green
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Jean Nick, author and sustainability expert When I was perhaps 10 years old, a lone Rhode Island Red hen wandered out of the woods a...

Killing Your Meal For The First Time

Megan Paska | Posted 08.30.2011 | Home
Megan Paska

Killing a chicken was easy but hard. The act of plucking off her feathers, eviscerating her carcass and the moment when a living thing became food, in my hands, right before my eyes, were tremendously profound.

Raising Backyard Chickens (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 08.09.2011 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

Chickens are relatively inexpensive to raise, and they can provide up to about 4,000 eggs per chicken, throughout their lifetime.

Who Stole My Chicken?

Tina Traster | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tina Traster

Here's the thing about reporting a missing chicken. A police officer doesn't understand that losing a chicken feels the same as losing a cat or dog.

Urban Chickens: The Latest Trend In New York City (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Katherine Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

HuffPost Green is based in New York, and we've heard plenty about the chicken-raising trend in our fair city from organizations like Just Food. Howeve...

During Recession, Some Raise Their Own Nest Eggs | WILLIAM NEUMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As Americans struggle through a dismal recession, many are trying to safeguard themselves from what they fear will be even worse times ahead. They eat...

A Beginner's Guide to City Chickens

Jenna Woginrich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Jenna Woginrich

Tired of paying five bucks for cage-free eggs? Want an organic source of protein right in your own backyard? Well, a lot of folks feel the same way: their answer's a backyard flock of chickens.