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Teaching Young Guineas to Range — But Not Too Far! Audrey Stallsmith shares stories and tips for keeping your free-range loving guineas closer to home. Time for a New Flock Many years have elapsed since my elderly parents and I hatched 20 guinea eggs in a homemade incubator constructed from a Styrofoam cooler. Most of […]Read more »
The first six weeks of your chick’s lives need to be especially safe and warm. For our young chicken keeper’s, here are instructions for creating the perfect brooder for new chicks. After you determine which breeds you would like to raise and know when they will arrive at your home, it’s time to make a […]Read more »
Oh, Spring! The snow in melting, and the sun is shining- or maybe it’s raining and gloomy… or you just got dumped with another foot of snow. Well, the weather might not be cooperating yet, but there is one thing that unites the spring experience for all chicken lovers, and that’s the sound of peeping […]Read more »
In this series, I’m going to break down the five most important parts to setting up a quality brooder for chicks. In part one, information was given to hopefully help you choose your brooder, now a heat source needs to be chosen. There are some exemplary options out on the market today. Most of the […]Read more »
Setting up your Brooder The time to set up your brooder? Well before you walk into the local feed store and hear peeping, or drool over the latest hatchery catalog. Give yourself time to do it right. If you go the mother nature route and plan on one of your mama hens doing all the […]Read more »
These days the gardens, back porches, side steps, railings and cellar ways are filling up with oversized squashes, odd baskets of cucumbers or buckets of green beans, stalks of garlic and ripening tomatoes. Here, too, the yards, coops, barns, garage and assorted sheds on the homestead are filled with various sizes of poultry! There is […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols ~ the garden-roof coop Constructing a brooder for your first flock of chicks can be as simple as a cardboard box or plastic storage container, but you’ll soon discover that those cute fluffy chicks grow at an incredible rate! Overnight they double in size and the brooder seems to get smaller and […]Read more »
by Jennifer BurckeA few weeks ago, I was browsing through the local newspaper and happened upon the type of story that sends a chill down a chicken keeper’s spine. A family in a neighboring town had endured an unthinkable tragedy. Their newly built coop had burned down to the ground, killing all 38 of the […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke A few weeks ago, I was browsing through the local newspaper and happened upon the type of story that sends a chill down a chicken keeper’s spine. A family in a neighboring town had endured an unthinkable tragedy. Their newly built coop had burned down to the ground, killing all 38 of […]Read more »
by Wendy EN Thomas of Lessons Learned from the Flock Apparently I ruffled a few feathers with this post. Let me clarify, baby chicks don’t absolutely need to have roosts in their brooders, chicks raised without roosts in the brooders will still grow up to be well-adjusted chickens. However, roosting is an instinctive behavior and […]Read more »