So, Can Chickens Eat Ginger?

New Hampshire hens

When you stop to think about it, it is pretty amazing just how many different things chickens can eat. Of course, we all know they’re omnivores, but I think it’s a little funny that they can eat some things safely that they would practically never be able to get in the wild. Lots of novel … Read more

So, Can Chickens Eat Chives?

young chive plants growing in the garden

If you have owned chickens for any length of time, you already know that they will eat pretty much anything. There is hardly any plant, bug, fruit or veggie that is safe from them! This sometimes leads chickens to get into trouble by eating something that they shouldn’t, and sometimes unwitting owners feed their flock … Read more

So, Can Chickens Eat Daffodils?

daffodil plant in red mulch

Most chicken owners know by now that their birds are highly adventurous and adaptive eaters, and it is a common sight to see them taking a nibble of various plants including weeds, flowers, and shrubs. However, caution is always justified before allowing your chickens to eat any new or novel plant, no matter how pretty … Read more

So, Can Chickens Eat Eggs?

a hen eating baked eggshells

Chickens are omnivores and will eat just about anything when the mood strikes them. They also eat some things that are a little unsettling, including chicken eggs. Even their own eggs! While this behavior is definitely disturbing to new owners, some people assert that it is, in fact good for chickens. Others claim you should … Read more

So, Can Chickens Eat Lemons?

chicken eating lemon slices

Lemons are one of those contentious items when it comes to treating your chickens. Some old timers swear that citrus fruits are harmful to chickens, or will outright kill them. Plenty of other keepers these days swear just the opposite. Time to get the straight answer: can you add lemons to your chickens’ diet? Yes, … Read more

So, How Do Chickens Sleep?

a hen sitting on a pile of hay

Every chicken owner is already aware of the sundown roundup that takes place in the run or across your property. When the sun gets low in the sky, chickens start thinking about tucking tail feathers and getting some shuteye in the coop. But have you ever stopped to think about just how chickens actually sleep? … Read more

12 Exotic Farm Animals to Consider

exotic animals to raise collage

The most fundamental question when it comes to farming livestock is what kind of animal you are going to raise. Cows, chickens, goats, sheep, and pigs: all have advantages and disadvantages, requiring differing amounts of room, care, food, and room. In return, they can offer you equally diverse products in the form of meat, milk, … Read more

So, Can Chickens Eat Honey?

a hen trying out some honey

If you own chickens, you know by now that these birds are adventurous eaters. They will scarf up just about anything, from fruits and veggies to worms and bugs. Nothing is off the table for these robust yard birds! How about something like honey? Is that something your chickens can have, and is it good … Read more

So, Can Chickens Eat Kidney Beans?

chicken eating red beans and corn

Beans are one of those foods that are a staple of homestead life. Easy to store, pretty easy to prepare, calorie-dense, and nutritious (not to mention filling), kidney beans in particular are a wonderful way to stay prepared for tough times. It stands to reason that some homesteaders have probably wondered if they can feed … Read more

What Exactly is Gray Water?

grey water bucket

Nowadays, there’s a great societal emphasis placed on personal water conservation. For those living in dry climates or rural areas where this resource is scarce- and especially for homesteaders- it’s critical to get as much “value” or use out of your water supply as possible. Though to some folks the idea of reusing water is … Read more

So, Can Chickens Eat Pickles?

a chicken eating some pickles

If you have been following this series for any length of time, you know already that chickens can eat cucumbers. It naturally follows this you might wonder if chickens can have pickles, which are basically preserved cucumbers. It’s a logical question. But can chickens safely eat pickles? Probably not. Pickles are bad for chickens due … Read more

So, Can Chickens Eat Alfalfa?

two chickens eating alfalfa

When it comes to alfalfa and alfalfa sprouts, there is definitely no “in-between” preference. Part of a salad or as a sandwich filling, you love them or you hate them. But how about our chickens? Chickens seem to love all sorts of things that grow and sprout, so can they have alfalfa to eat? Yes, … Read more