Category Archives for "Patch"

The Chicken poop problem no one is talking about

Why did the chicken cross the road. To poop all over it! One of the awesome things about backyard chickens is the free chicken manure. Free ranging chickens even spread it out on your garden for you. And chickens are poop machines, producing about 40kg (90 lbs) per hen, per year. It sounds great, but there can […]

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How to grow your “Natural” Wealth

Are you approaching your food garden like an olive farmer or fast food gardener? It’s really difficult to think like an olive farmer, but there’s significant advantages for those willing to take a longer term approach. Just like a financial asset, a natural asset will pay you back year after year with little to no effort involved. Except rather than money, these natural assets pay you back with something you literally can’t buy these days – clean and nutritious food.

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Are Australorps good egg layers?

Australorps have a reputation for being excellent egg layers. During the 1930s they won egg laying competitions and broke egg laying records. But are they still as good as they used to be? My take is that most of the Australorps around today are average egg layers at best. I know that’s probably not what you’ve heard elsewhere, so let me explain.

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The best chicken feed for layers – series

Choosing the right chicken feed can be super confusing – especially if you are new to backyard chickens. There are so many different choices – Pellets, Mash, Crumble, Scratch, Medicated, Starter Feed, Grower Feed, Layer Feed, Organic, Soy Free, Corn Free and Sorghum Free. For some reason chicken feed companies are good at giving lots of […]

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