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Too Many Eggs? Try Some of These (non-breakfast) Ideas!

Last summer you were undone by the chicken math, and for months you have been feeding your ravenous flock of tiny velociraptors through the winter with barely an egg in sight. Maybe you have even been forced to (gasp!) buy eggs at the grocery store, but longer days...

Using Eggshells to Start Seeds For Your Garden

Starting seeds in an eggshell doesn’t have to be another Pinterest pin and forget it. It’s an easy and very practical method of starting seeds for us chicken keepers. You probably already have everything you need on hand.

January is Soup Month: Chicken Tortilla Soup

Since January is National Soup month, we asked the Meyer Hatchery staff to share a tried and true chicken or egg soup recipe for you. This Chicken Tortilla soup recipe is shared by Cheryl, our store manager.

Breed Spotlight: The Rhode Island Red

The Rhode Island Red originated in Little Compton, Rhode Island in the mid 1800’s, making it one of the oldest American-bred chicken breeds. It began in farmers’ homestead flocks, where a highly productive egg layer was needed, but whose excess roosters could still dress out as decent table birds.

DIY Chicken Ornaments

Now is the time of year to make some fun ornaments to not only display on your favorite tree, but share with your friends, and family as a great present.  Learn how to make 3 “chicken” themed ornaments with simple supplies.

Your 2018 Holiday Decorating Guide

I feel like the 12 Days of Christmas song needs a revamp for the number 4. How about “4 broody hens!” This nesting box ornament allows you to bring a bit of the coop indoors for the holidays.

Crazy Chicken Lady Starter Kit Buying Guide

I think at one time or another, every crazy chicken lady was once an onlooker, wondering what all of the hype over chickens is about. Perhaps it started with an innocent desire to have fresh eggs in one’s own backyard, or an interest in a unique pet. But eventually many of us cannot stop at just a “few” chickens.

Meyer Makes – Fall Molt Feather Wreath

Fall is here!  It is time for your flock to do their fall molt.  What to do with all those feathers?  Follow our instructions below to make a beautiful Fall Molt Feather Wreath of your own!

Backyard Eggs Price Trends Across the US

We recently asked our Facebook followers across the United States to give us their feedback regarding how much they sell a dozen chicken eggs for in their area. We also asked them to comment if they were feeding conventional poultry feed, non-GMO or organic feed, or raised their flock exclusively on pasture or forage.  Here’s how the results came in.

Benefits of Free Ranging Your Chickens

While your flock of chickens are loving what they are doing they are filling their bellies up as well, which is great for them and also great for you. Their bellies are full on what nature is freely providing for them and they don’t need as much grain due to the extra protein intake, which makes you happy!

Things You Never Thought You’d Say or Do Until Owning Chickens…

One of my favorite early chickening stories is that of my then 4 year old son, Bryce, whom I had just put to bed. A few minutes later I hear the screams and I ran in expecting the worst… “Moooooooooom! Sparkles pooped on my pillow!!!!!” For those of you who do not know who Sparkes is, she was a beautiful Silver Laced Wyandotte, the family favorite. So…. what did I do that I never thought I would before owning chickens? I made the house rule: No chickens in bed!

Egg Glut: Angel Food Cake Recipe

If you have chickens there is no reason to buy an inferior, preservative filled cake at the store when they are so simple to make at home. They call for just a few ingredients (cake flour, sugar, eggs, salt, cream of tartar, vanilla) and very little prep. A good angel food is light and airy and divine, and fewer more perfect vehicles can be found for good whipped cream and berries.

Gardening with Chickens: How to Make Compost From Used Poultry Litter

If you own chickens and also like to garden, you have may have already discovered that the used poultry litter/manure can be a good fertilizer to add to your garden soil to add both nutrients and organic matter. Hopefully you haven’t learned the hard way that there are a few precautions you should take also.

Integrating New Chickens Into Your Existing Flock

Any time we add new flock members (or take any away) there will be a new pecking order established. There will always be a little poking and pecking given to the newcomers, but if the introductions are done over time and with a little though, no severe bloodshed should occur.

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