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As they say, there’s a first time for everything! Over the past month I had been hoping a couple of my birds might become broody. Specifically, I was hoping for a broody chicken but instead a duck made my wish come true. Diller (aka Phyllis Diller) is a small crested duck with a floppy foot. […]Read more »
The term anthropomorphism is to assign human traits to animals or inanimate objects. Being active in many livestock forums, farm Facebook groups and other animal specific online communities, I’ve often heard this term used in an accusatory manner. Usually in the comment section of some article or post…people get upset when you claim that animals […]Read more »
Although chickens can be very entertaining, they can also be complex, and dare I say…frustrating. For example, why, oh why do chickens break open eggs and eat them? Mmm hmm…complex to understand and frustrating to stop. Fresh eggs are one of the main reasons many people decide to raise chickens in the first place. When […]Read more »
Tis the season for fleas, ticks and other creepy crawlies. They can affect not only human health but also that of our dogs, cats and feathered friends. Finding a natural solution is easy once you become acquainted with the power of Neem Oil. After moving to our new farm last year I tried to find […]Read more »
I’ve raised chickens since 1992. So that’s what?…25 years? Sheesh! Time flies when you’re raising chickens evidently. In those 25 years, I’ve noticed something. A correlation between offering a calcium supplement and difficult hatches. When I first started raising chickens there was no internet. No chicken forums, no Community Chickens. We didn’t live in […]Read more »
Common Flock Problems – Sponsored by Premier 1 Supplies GRIT Managing Editor, Kellsey Trimble, sat down with Patricia Foreman and Joe Putnam to discuss the best ways of preventing and treating common flock problems. From pests and predators to illnesses, dietary considerations, and the effectiveness of electric fences, listen as these three converse about the […]Read more »
It’s spring! As chicken keepers we should all be enjoying the increase of egg production with our flocks. The fall molt has long been over, the summer heat has not yet started and the longer daylight hours should be triggering a laying effect with your flock. This is prime egg laying season. This is […]Read more »
It’s chick season! Many of you I’m sure, are visiting farm stores, firing up the incubators and placing orders with breeders and hatcheries for baby chicks. This year as you select the different breeds to add to your homestead, consider selecting a variety that will give you a colorful egg basket. As you’ve all […]Read more »