Keeping Drug Residues Out of Your Foodstream

Chicken CAFO

Let’s face it. One reason many of us keep backyard farm animals is because we want to decrease our levels of unintentional chemical residues that make it into our food stream.  Continue reading Keeping Drug Residues Out of Your Foodstream

Why Hate Gwyneth Paltrow?

Good Health Radiates Beauty!
Good Health Radiates Beauty!

Oh for heaven’s sake. I was going to write this morning about my beautiful irises that are blooming or maybe even the marauding raccoon that continues to dig the fish heads out from under my gloriously beautiful tomato plants, but no, now I’m going to write about my most unfavorite word, “hate.”

We throw that word around all the time like it’s nothing.

It’s not nothing. Continue reading Why Hate Gwyneth Paltrow?

Bread Making Basics

100_1485Everyone should make bread.

Maybe it’s not necessary to make all of your own bread, but  every now and then you should. It’s easy, and it makes your house smell better than just about anything.

Have you ever looked at the ingredients in a loaf of store-bought bread? If not, you’d be surprised to see how many ingredients you’ll find. I recently read the ingredients of a “better” loaf of bread in my grocer’s (my favorite grocery brand) and found Continue reading Bread Making Basics

Controlling Mites in the Henhouse

microscopic view of mites

Basic livestock management requires you to know what types of parasites are possible in your flock, knowing what measures you can take to keep them at bay, and knowing what to do if, despite your best efforts, you manage to get a parasitic infestation.

The easiest and more important step in preventing parasites is Continue reading Controlling Mites in the Henhouse

How was the coop tour? Did you get your name in the drawing for free eggs?


Thank you all for attending the 5th Annual Austin Funky Chicken Coop Tour! We had about 1,000 attendees and it was a huge success!

In the upper right corner of this blog, under the page Austin Funky Chicken Coop Tour, you will see some new pages we prepared for the tour. We will continue to add to this throughout the week with pictures and videos.

If you haven’t done so already, either follow this blog, “like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter to get your name into the drawing for a dozen duck eggs. Continue reading How was the coop tour? Did you get your name in the drawing for free eggs?