There are a lot of great farm steading magazines that have a wealth of informations for the farm steader, the hobby farmer or even the full scale farmer like my family. My mother has been subscribing to Backyard Poultry magazine and it has become one of our favorites. I am a huge animal lover but there is something about the love I have for our chickens that triumphs all. They are so happy —forever providing us with delicious and nutritious eggs. I start everyday with two soft boiled eggs dusted with kosher salt. Just sitting looking at them relaxes and brightens my mood. They are such lively optimistic creatures not to mention their beauty.
One article stood outthis month, “The Challenges of High Feed Costs” written by Harvey Ussery. The article was illuminating and talked a lot about the how the high cost of feed for chickens is changing how people manage their small and larges flocks a like. One way to decrease the cost of feed is to let your chickens roam free and better yet let them roam in a compost heap or a place where there is cow or lamb or any other sort of manure. Compost and manure attract bugs and chickens thrive on bugs and grubs. In fact a chicken that is REALLY free range lays eggs that have intensely saffron yolks. So yellow they are almost orange. Another interesting point Ussery makes is that traditional breeds are better suited to foraging and require far less feed. Pictured above is a Dominque Rooster, the Dominques an endangered early American breed that are excellent foragers and excel in cold climate because of thier down like under coat.