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Sunday, January 6, 2013

From Scratch Magazine



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As if the past few months haven't been exciting enough - the highlights being invited to write a guest series on raising ducks by HGTV Gardens, featured in Chickens Magazine, and signing a book contract with St. Lynn's Press - I was just asked to be the Chicken Columnist for the brand-new online homesteading publication From Scratch Magazine!


Written for the modern homesteader, From Scratch will be a "free bi-monthly online magazine for those who enjoy living life simply". From their website: 
The first issue is available below. Sign up HERE to be added to the mailing list, so you don't miss out on any of the future issues !


And if you have a specific question about raising chickens, please leave a comment below for me and your question just might be answered in a future issue!


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24 comments:

  1. Signed up already....can't wait!

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  2. I'm so excited for you, Lisa! And I'm excited for the magazine too! Awesome happenings! :)

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  3. Yay! I am currently stuck in suburban living but dream of the day that we move to the country. I can't wait to see the first issue!

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  4. This is awesome news! Will you have articles on the Urban Farmer and their chickens?

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  5. Wonderful, Lisa! You've got a breathtakingly exciting year in the making!

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    1. As do you Lauren! It's incredibly exciting to be rewarded for doing something you absolutely love isn't it?

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  6. Lisa! What great news! What an exciting year! ...and it's only January!!

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  7. Lisa - I have a question. what is the age where a hen has reached her egg laying maturity and starts a decline in egg production? What is the age that a hen should be replaced? I have fellow chicken raisers that say 18 mo. is when they should be considered done/butchered. But I have some wonderful hens that seem to keep laying (black copper marans). Of course I am a softy and consider all 11 of my hens my friends... If you know what I mean. I was told by others that it is a matter of the health of the chicken and how well they are fed and kept that keeps them laying longer. thanks! Avid fan in Green Bay, WI

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    1. Wow. Whoever told you 18 months is seriously misinformed. A hen generally molts for the first time at about 18 months old and after that her eggs get larger and better in quality. I have two hens that are 4 years old and still going strong. A well-cared for hen should live for 10-12 years and continue to lay, albeit at a slower pace, her entire life.

      I just can't imagine 'rewarding' one of our hens who has provided us eggs, companionship and so much joy and hilarity for years with a trip to the stew pot. No sooner could I kill our cat or dog just because they get old. As long as our hens are healthy and have a good quality of life, they will continue to live with us.
      Another thing to think about, older hens make much better broodies, tending to be better mothers, so you can stick fertile eggs under them and give them that 'job' once their laying slows down. They also are smarter and better at avoiding predators and teach those qualities to the younger hens. I so hope you will refer your chicken-keeping friends to our blog and facebook page because they clearly have been getting information that is not correct. p.s. glad you're a softie, I am too!

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  8. Awesome! I'm going there now to sign up..

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  9. Thank you for sharing this link....appreciate it so much.

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  10. I can't wait for the first issue to come out! I signed up last week :)

    Congrats on all the wonderful happenings! It's so exciting!

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    1. Thanks Tammi! It is pretty exciting but exhausting on the other hand. I feel like I sleep, eat, breath chickens! Well not literally eat them, but you know what I mean!

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  11. Wow! I so enjoy all your posts since I discovered your blog, and obviously so many others are too! Keep up the great work. I'm a soon to be chicken owner this spring and dreaming of all the possiblities on 5 acres. Saw you article in Chickens Magazine!

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  12. Signed up and looking forward to the first issue. I read your article in the "Hobby Farm Home" magazine!

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  13. Wondeful news Lisa!!! So very very excited for you!!!!

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  14. Lisa, you rock!! You are a rock star. I'm so darned impressed. So I want to hear more. Did you do a post on the book writing?

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    1. Hi Anita! Thank you. It has been some ride..I haven't done a book post yet ...I hope to soon. I have been offered some really exciting opportunities for sure! Gotta love chickens!

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  15. Amazing! Congratulations and I'm looking forward to reading the magazine :)

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