Author Archives: Mara Bacsujlaky

About Mara Bacsujlaky

As a 4-H agent with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, I offer workshops and information about raising and keeping small backyard flocks in Alaska. These services are designed for the hobbyist that keeps primarily laying chickens for home use of eggs and, secondarily, meat.

More than just eggs

When someone new to chickens decides to get their own flock, it is usually images of fresh eggs and cozily clucking hens that dance before their eyes, not poop-splattered walls patterned after Jackson Pollock. The first hint that chickens produce … Continue reading

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Ground truthed!

Proof of the theorem of the Absolute of Chicken-themed Gift Receiving.    

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Tis the season for receiving…

…chicken-themed presents.  How many amongst us hobbyist flock-keepers have received such gifts  for birthdays, holidays or just because? I think it is safe to say that nearly all of us have – from friends or family who just couldn’t resist that cute … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas wishes…

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How long do chickens live?

This is a question that I am frequently asked, and a flippant answer might well be: as long as the flock keeper decides they should live. Many people  think that chickens are short-lived,  and in our modern, factory-farming approach to … Continue reading

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An Unusual Weather Event

Warm enough in Fairbanks on January 11 that the chickens are out and dusting. Now that is warm!

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Brrrr….

First week of the new year, and first day of -30 so far this winter.  Really, nothing to gripe about, but if it’s weather and Alaskans are talking about it – well, more times than not, there will be complaints, … Continue reading

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