Posts tagged with ‘Chicken Breeds’


Make It Your Own: Linda and Robert’s Garden Coop, Juneau, Wisconsin

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Linda and Robert's Garden Coop chicken coop, all ready for a Wisconsin winter.

Linda and Robert sent in several photos of their beautiful backyard Garden Coop chicken coop, all suited up for the Wisconsin winter. The rest of this post comes straight from them. . . . (more…)

Pickin’ Chicken Breed Selector app for iOS

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Choose the ideal chicken breeds right from your iPhoneNote: The contest we ran with this post ended on April 2, 2011. Winning entries are noted below.

Think keeping backyard chickens is a little too old school? Here’s something that could change your mind.

The Pickin’ Chicken app for iOS lets you research and select breeds from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch (Apple mobile devices only). Developed by Funny Farm Industries and released in partnership with Mother Earth News, it’s a high-tech complement to a distinctly low-tech hobby.

It not only looks really cool (then again, I think everything in iOS looks cool), it’s also got some cool stuff in it. (more…)

Make It Your Own: Andreas Känner’s Garden Coop (Landesbergen, Germany)

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Several weeks ago, Andreas Känner surprised me with photos and details on his Garden Coop build in Landesbergen, Germany. As far as I know, this is the first Hühnerhaus built in Germany using our metric chicken coop plans. Andreas did an amazing job, and I’m happy to share his photos and commentary here. . . (more…)

Winter Chicken Coop Care, Part 2: How chickens keep themselves warm — and how you can help them.

Monday, November 15th, 2010

This is the second in a four-part series on preparing your backyard chickens and coop for cold weather.

Most standard laying hens are quite cold hardy (check this handy breed chart). Just look at their names: Plymouth Rock, Rhode Island Red, New Hampshire Red. . . . These girls were bred to withstand cold climates well before the advent of electric heat. So how do they manage to withstand temperatures that send us scampering for the nearest cup of cocoa? (more…)

Extraordinary Chickens Calendar 2011

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Extraordinary Chickens Calendar 2011Chickens are extraordinary. Even the ordinary ones we keep in our backyard chicken coop and see around town — Rhode Island Reds, Barred Plymouth Rocks, Australorps, Americaunas. . .

But there are chickens, and then there are chickens. The latter you’ll find in this wall calendar, new for 2011.

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It’s (extraordinary chicken) calendar time

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Extraordinary Chickens Wall Calendar

I stopped in at People’s Food Co-op this weekend for a head of cabbage, some flour, a bag of. . . wait, you don’t care about that. On their rotating stand of wall calendars, this one jumped out at me. The back cover says it’s based on this book.

And here I thought our flock of standard laying breeds was fun to look at.

Note: We don’t profit from any of these links to, but if you follow them and make a purchase, Powell’s will share a healthy portion of the sale price with Growing Gardens of Portland.