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Jana Wilson

Jana Wilson lives on 20 acres just outside of Bloomington, IN and writes her blog, The Armchair Homesteader. In addition to the chickens, she has ducks and a border collie named Winnie who helps her with her various efforts at becoming more self-sufficient.

Recent Posts by Jana Wilson

July 22, 2014

 

hen in her coop with egg

Why Isn’t My Hen Laying Eggs?

There are many things that can cause a hen to stop laying eggs, from the weather to an illness. Here are the most common problems to help you troubleshoot.

March 27, 2014

Leaving The Nest 

A row of four baby chicks sits on a perch

Baby Chicks 201: They Grow Up So Fast!

Here's a primer on how to get those little fluff balls in peak health and ready for the world.

March 11, 2014

Chick Tips 

sicilian buttercup chicks

Baby Chicks 101: The First Week

Cute baby chicks are quite fragile and in need of expert care, especially in those first few important days.

February 14, 2014

Spring Chickens 

A hen and a chicken enter coop from their run

Are You Ready For Chickens?

Here’s a quiz to help you figure out if you are ready to start your own backyard chicken flock.

December 31, 2013

Backyard Chickens 

buttercup chicken perched on a snowy fence

Snow Birds: Keep Your Chickens Dry, Warm, Happy Over Winter

Even though they sport fluffy down coats, chickens don't like the cold! Here are four tips to boost your birds' health and comfort during the winter months.

October 16, 2013

First Fruits 

Close-up of a small chicken egg being held between two fingers

The First Egg Is Here… I Think!

Are your first eggs looking a little small? Be ye not dismayed.

September 22, 2013

Fair Weather Farmers 

chicken for sale

Rent-A-Chicken: For The Birds Or Eggs-cellent?

Wannabe backyard chicken farmers can rent birds for a season for a no-commitment introduction to raising hens. Great idea or disaster waiting to happen?

July 31, 2013

That Is The Question 

chicken on her nest

To Brood, Or Not To Brood

Do you have a chicken who is a homebody to a fault? Don't worry, it's natural. What to know about your brooding birds.

July 12, 2013

Now You Tell Me! 

Hen with chicks in a parking lot

11 Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Got Chickens

What should potential chicken farmers know before venturing to raise them?

June 21, 2013

Conflict Resolution 

Hens separated by a fence

Six Tips To Successfully Add New Birds To The Flock

The getting-to-know-you process can be tricky for chickens. Here are tips for integrating new birds into your existing flock.

April 7, 2013

Legalize It 

Hen with chicks in a parking lot

Of Lairs And Laws

Considering raising chickens? Here are some tips for negotiating the poultry laws in your area.

January 17, 2013

A Watched Pot... 

two softly-illuminated eggs against a black background

Waiting For The Eggs

While it's normal for chickens to take a break from laying this time of year, there are other factors that may be reducing the number of eggs you're getting.

November 14, 2012

The Weather Outside Is Frightful 

chickens in the snow

Five Things To Do In Your Coop Before Winter

Keep your birds warm and healthy through the cold months.

October 21, 2012

Dr. Dolittle 

close up stethoscope

What To Do With A Sick Or Injured Chicken

Yes, chickens get sick and hurt just like the rest of us. Here's what you can do.

September 11, 2012

I'm Molting! I'm Molting! 

molting chicken

Where Have All The Feathers Gone?

Are your birds looking a little disheveled? Not to worry -- It's molting season.

August 14, 2012

Life Ain't Easy 

multi-colored feather footed rooster

A Rooster Named Sue

When your hens turn out to be roosters, it can be hard to know what to do. Here are some tips.

July 2, 2012

Ice Cold! 

Close up chicken flock thirsty water

Keeping Your Chickens Cool

You think it's hot out? Just imagine if you were covered with feathers! Here are a few tips to help your birds beat the heat.

April 24, 2012

The Chickens Are Coming! 

chick calendar

Heat, Water and Food: A Recipe For Healthy Chicks

At last, your baby birds have hatched. Now what are you going to do?

March 14, 2012

Underemployed 

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Put Your Chickens To Work

Learn how to get a little free labor out of your flock. Here's a hint: Sometimes the best move forward is a giant step back.

February 23, 2012

Lies, Lies -- All Lies! 

rooster crowing face close-p

Four Chicken Myths Busted

Gallus domesticus is a bird with a bad reputation — a reputation it doesn't deserve.

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