So, you want to keep backyard chickens? Some lessons are painful and expensive to learn by experience, so in the hope of sparing some growing pains for those about to embark on chicken-keeping, I have asked my Facebook fans what they wish they had known before they began keeping chickens. The following are some of their replies and a few of my own.

Things I Wish I Had Known Before Getting Chickens

So, you want to keep backyard chickens? Some lessons are painful and expensive to learn by experience, so in the hope of sparing some growing pains for those about to embark on chicken-keeping, I have asked my Facebook fans what they wish they had known before they began keeping chickens. The following are some of their replies and a few of my own.

Have you ever heard of a garden that waters and fertilizes itself? We certainly had never heard of such a thing until last week when we stumbled across a short video showing women in Africa building a "keyhole garden." Very interesting read for anybody wanting to start a garden or to try a different concept for the keen gardener.

Have you ever heard of a garden that waters and fertilizes itself? We certainly had never heard of such a thing until last week when we stumbled across a short video showing women in Africa building a "keyhole garden." Very interesting read for anybody wanting to start a garden or to try a different concept for the keen gardener.

Composting 101!!! Repin and make this a fun family project to do with the kids this summer!!!

Composting 101

Composting 101!!! Repin and make this a fun family project to do with the kids this summer!!!

Cucumbers like it hot. Lettuce likes it cool and shady. But with this trellis, they’re perfect companions!

Cucumbers like it hot. Lettuce likes it cool and shady. But with this trellis, they’re perfect companions!

Many people, from gardeners to farmers to environmentalists, choose to compost for a variety of reasons.�Composting is easy, and it has many benefits for the environment and your own backyard. Here's how to start! via @SparkPeople

Many people, from gardeners to farmers to environmentalists, choose to compost for a variety of reasons.�Composting is easy, and it has many benefits for the environment and your own backyard. Here's how to start! via @SparkPeople

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