Here is a description of hens' traditional diet: http://www.westonaprice.org/farm-a-ranch/chickens-are-omnivores-its-no-dilemma Further reading, but doesn't mention eating small animals (other than... (more)
My cousin pulls these eggs from the roost, puts them in cartons on her counter. No cleaning or refrigeration, stuff stuck to them, which I understand should be no big deal. My son had a couple for breakfast on Sunday, and puked hours later after... (more)
I'm looking to introduce mealworm farming to amazonian residents and their chickens for the purpose of a more sustainable source of protein. Does anybody have an idea or a resource of how to breed mealworms in an efficient automated manner?
Thanks to paleo, I've moved from the world of $4/dozen "cage free" eggs to the world of $10/dozen eggs from pasture-raised heritage chickens with natural diurnal cycles and on-site Swedish massage. But I've noticed an issue: The most "natural"... (more)
I raise my own chickens and roosters but when it comes to eating them I just can't stomach it. I know each and every chicken and roosters personality and even call some by names. It becomes extremely difficult to enjoy my meal when I personally... (more)
You have to go into it with the mindset that the chickens are not pets. We don't name our chickens. We feed them and they feed us. It makes it easier when they die or we kill them for dinner.
I'm hopefully going to get some hens, maybe today (4H fair). I've been getting eggs at the farmers' market and ask whoever's selling eggs what they're feeding their hens, been trying to go soy-free, corn-free and also just GMO free in general, I... (more)
So I watched a documentary on brain development and omega-3 and they spoke to a doctor on the island of Crete who gave an interesting speech on the high content of Omega-3 in the plant known as Purslane. They eat it in salads but interestingly... (more)
I have raised chickens for eggs for years. As a result I eat my own pastured eggs (lovely deep orange yolk) every day for breakfast. I've been thinking about raising some "broiler" chickens. Raising them is the easy part...but I could not kill... (more)
Judging by comments on various topics, it seems that most Paleo folks eat a good amount of eggs. I certainly eat a lot more eggs than I used to since going (mostly...) Paleo. Since most chickens - even pastured chickens- eat feed that contains... (more)
I have been searching for a decent local-ish egg source since I go through tons of them and feel ethically and nutritionally compromised when I buy the battery eggs, and I feel fairly the same way when I buy the pricier "free range, omega-3" eggs... (more)
My brother told me he heard that chickens need to eat the eggshells to keep producing eggs. I found it odd. I could see that eating eggshells could produce healthier/stronger eggs/chickens. But I wouldn't think it would be necessary to... (more)
Hey all, I am dancing in my kitchen right now. After a long battle with the city's planning commission we are now able to raise chickens!!!!! Happy, happy, happy. So I get to have five. Although all of my friends have them, (country folk),... (more)