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This brute of a breed may seem large and charge but the reality is, they’re amongst the sweetest most docile of breeds. The gentle giants come well equipped with amazing feathered feet and a small rose comb. Making them perfect for colder climates! Originally from India, Brahmas were intended as meat birds. However, it was […]Read more »
How does your favorite mail-order hatchery stack up? After months of research, I compiled a list of what I feel are the top five hatcheries. I contacted and research sixteen well-known hatcheries, polling chicken lovers all over the country through forums and social media to acquire the consumers’ hands-on experiences, as well as my own […]Read more »
Did you know that chickens are becoming one of the most popular pets in the US? Their popularity has skyrocketed in recent years and it’s no wonder why. They’re child-friendly, inquisitive, make great pets and also lay eggs. If you’re ready to join the chicken craze, keep reading and learn how to build your own […]Read more »
We all like to spoil ourselves with undeniably tasty treats from time to time, so why would it be any different for our chicken & poultry flocks? Here on 25 Acres, we like products that can easily be stored in the coop year-round. While nutrition is key, treats can also be a great tool to […]Read more »
“If you know somethin’ well, you can always paint it, but people would be better off buyin’ chickens.” —Grandma Moses Grandma Moses was right with the second part of that quote. People would be better off buyin’ chickens. So, say you listened to Grandma Moses, and you have your chickens. Congratulations. Enjoy them every day. […]Read more »
In this series, I’m going to break down the five most important parts to setting up a quality brooder for chicks. The brooder, heat supply, bedding material, food/water containers, and all the extras. With so many great options out in the stores today it can feel pretty overwhelming picking out the supplies needed to create […]Read more »
If you are looking for a turkey recipe that isn’t in the style of a traditional Thanksgiving turkey, I have got just the thing for you! After raising 3 turkeys last year, I challenged myself to come up with something new and usable, like lunch meat. I found numerous recipes online, but they all seemed […]Read more »
I have big plans for breeding chickens this spring. I finally have my show-quality, heritage breed Buff Orpingtons. We drove from Mid-Michigan to eastern Ohio last year to pick up two beautiful pairs of Buffs at the Ohio National Poultry show. I can’t wait to fill my incubator with eggs from these gorgeous birds! I […]Read more »
This coming June will be 2 years since starting my first flock of chicken(s) here on 25 Acres. Even though there has been a slow down to the number of “firsts” I’m experiencing, it still doesn’t make it any less shocking when weird things happen. Recently, I started supplementing the chicken dust bathing area with […]Read more »
It is a common occurrence in egg-laying-chickendom that hens slow down or cease laying eggs in winter. Shorter days resulting in less daylight would make anyone sluggish and long to take a break from the daily grind. If you have a strong reliance on eggs, this season in a hen’s life can be worrisome. However, […]Read more »