A hundred years ago, when agriculture was diverse and smaller scale, poultry was an essential and integral part of almost every farm. Chickens were found not only in the country, but also in village henneries and on city lots. Chickens were usually women’s work, and since the hens often ranged right outside the back porch, they were a part of daily life. Women cared for the flocks, children played with the chickens, and egg money kept families afloat during hard times. I’ve been collecting photographs, diaries and books from this era, and will share it with you here.
The Vintage Hen
Love chickens? Love vintage? Combine the two and that’s what you’ll find here. You might also find quirky, crafty, retro and recipes. And maybe something fun with a rabbit on it. Or a goat. It’s that sort of blog.
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I’ve written about most of the issues that arise in backyard flocks. I’ve written FAQs to answer the most commonly asked questions. If the answer you seek isn’t in a FAQ, there’s a wealth of useful information on my website archives, which is easily searchable – simply type the topic into the box.