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By Amber Veverka Chicks are arriving in Charlotte-area stores in the next couple of weeks, and nearby breeders already have batches of chicks ready for new homes. If you want to raise backyard hens, here are a few things to get you started. Prepare a brooder. A brooder box simulates the heat a mother hen […]

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By Amber Veverka Chicks are appearing in local feed supply stores and at Renfrow Hardware in downtown Matthews, and hatcheries such as Murray McMurray Hatchery  and Meyer Hatchery are shipping now. If you’re new to backyard chickens, here’s a cheat sheet to get you started. 1. Know the law. A growing number of towns, including […]

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    By Amber Veverka          Dia Steiger is used to the questions about her backyard chickens, Smokey, Lucy and Stella. Do you have a rooster? (No.) How many eggs do you get? (One a day from each hen.) Do you have any pictures?       “Do I have pictures?” said Steiger. “My husband has made stamps.” […]

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         As backyard chicken enthusiasts soon discover, the urban world is full of predators you never knew existed until you brought home your fluffy babies. It’s crucial to set up housing before you get your chickens — or at least before you move them from the brooder box to the yard. There are a lot […]

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