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Bouncing Egg Experiment

Bouncing Egg Experiment

Engage students with an exciting chemistry lesson that connects class chickens with laboratory science. Egg membranes can be difficult to see, even when viewing a chicken egg raw vs. hardboiled. This experiment use common household items to magically disintegrate the hard, calcium carbonate eggshell to reveal an elastic membrane of an egg.

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What to Look for When Purchasing Healthy Chickens

What to Look for When Purchasing Healthy Chickens

Not all stores let you pick out your own chicks, but if you are lucky enough to be in a position to pick out what chicks/adult chickens you want to buy, these are things you want to look for to make sure you are purchasing a healthy chicken.

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Make a DIY Solitary Bee House

Make a DIY Solitary Bee House

How to Make a DIY Solitary Bee HouseMarch 1, 2024 | Molly SuttonLet's help pollinators by making bee houses! According to the USDA, “Some scientists estimate that one out of every three bites of food we eat exists because of animal pollinators like bees, butterflies...

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A true farm to school model at Mountainside Montessori

A true farm to school model at Mountainside Montessori

Despite challenges with predators, Mountainside Montessori has seamlessly integrated animal husbandry into their existing curriculum. Students are being prepared for today’s workforce through a true farm to table experience—at their school! Although the program is run by the Adolescent class, the entire school reaps benefits from the chickens. “With chicken on campus, all our classrooms and age groups get to interact with the chickens.  When the hogs have gone to processing, the chickens receive daily food scraps from all the classrooms’ compost buckets. Every classroom spends time outside each day and the younger classes, in particular, include a visit to the chickens on their daily walks.”

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Sustainable Seed Starters

Sustainable Seed Starters

Sustainable Seed StartersLast frost dates are just around the corner, which means it is time to start seeds!  Are you looking for a more sustainable alternative to plastic seed trays this year? Try these options instead!Eggshells Eggshells create a durable seed cup...

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Keeping Roosters

Keeping Roosters

Roosters, or rather one rooster, can be a great addition to a backyard flock…if you are allowed to have them. Many cities do not allow roosters because of their noise (a rooster’s crow is 100dB from 1 meter away).

If you are allowed to keep a rooster, there are many benefits for your flock…

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Easy Homemade Pumpkin Purée Recipe

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Purée Recipe

Learn how to make an easy pumpkin purée to use the insides of a pumpkin when you carve it, or have a pumpkin just for baking. The purée is a treat your chickens will love, or the base of many delicious fall dishes and deserts.

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Can Chickens Eat Pumpkins?

Can Chickens Eat Pumpkins?

Can chickens eat pumpkins? Yes! Pumpkins are a great treat for chickens that provide vitamins A & E, Potassium, Zinc and other health benefits. Fed in moderation, your flock will love these delicious pumpkin treats.

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Molting Chickens

Molting Chickens

You may be wondering why your chickens have been losing so many feathers. Often, this is normal, and it just means your chickens are molting!
Molting is the regular shedding and growth of new feathers. As feathers become worn, they fall out (molt) and new, healthy feathers grow in to replace the old. This typically happens on a large scale in the fall, after a chicken is a year old.

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Recommended Books

Recommended Books

Congratulations! You have decided to learn to raise chickens, garden, homestead, live more sustainably…but where do you start?
In effort to help you with easy chicken raising and easy gardening, we have done the research for you!

This is a living list of books we recommend about how to raise chickens, how to start a garden, food systems, composting, permaculture and other topics important to us and relevant to Coops and Gardens.

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Beak Injuries in Chickens

Beak Injuries in Chickens

Beak injuries are common among chickens and are generally the result of fighting with a predator or another chicken, trying to flee from a scary situation, or just a clumsy chicken doing everyday tasks.

Every so often, you may find one of your chickens has hurt their beak; you may see blood, the beak broken off completely or chipped, or discoloration indicating a bruise (like Margo’s beak in the picture above).

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Caring for Chickens in the Spring

Caring for Chickens in the Spring

If you live in a colder climate, you may be thrilled to see spring roll around. No more trekking through snow to change water and feed your flock! BUT…warmer weather does not mean less responsibility with your flock.

Check out these five easy steps to get your spring chicken keeping off to a good start!

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15 Easy DIY Garden Markers

15 Easy DIY Garden Markers

Whether you are new to gardening or are just like me and constantly forget which leaves are parsley versus which are cilantro, adding garden labels to your plants helps to not only beautify a garden, but also helps you remember what you have planted!

To help get you started, here are 15 easy and cheap DIY garden markers you can add to your own garden!

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