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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 work, it still may […]Read more »
With chick season right around the corner, I figured it would be a good time to talk about common chick illnesses. When it comes to chicks, the most important variable is timing. One moment they seem absolutely fine and the next they have perished. So, let’s get right into the nitty-gritty. Many illnesses are completely […]Read more »
Chickens are pretty versatile animals and will adapt to a variety of climates and living situations. Once you know why you want to keep chickens, it can be fun to learn about the different breeds and what they are known for. Below is a loose outline as to what is available for each chicken keeper’s […]Read more »
Enthusiastic chicken keepers, awesome coops and our own Community Chickens followers come from all over the world! This week’s Cool Coop was designed and built by Henry Boisvert from Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada. Continue reading as Henry describes the construction and shares photos of his chicken city — complete with a hotel, sheriff’s quarters […]Read more »
Dust baths are important for maintaining a healthy, happy flock. But what do you do when the ground is frozen or covered in snow? Make an all-weather dust bath for your chickens! We live in a part of the Western US that experiences cold winters but rarely gets a lot of snow. Last year, though, […]Read more »
Frenemies are described as those whom one is friendly with, despite a fundamental dislike or rivalry. Sometimes in life, we all must associate with others we normally wouldn’t choose to. Whether it’s simply being in the same space at the same time, or you require something from one another, we all learn to deal with […]Read more »
Before we get to the recipe for homemade electrolytes for chickens, lets talk about what it is and when it should be given. What is an electrolyte drink For humans, it is a drink that re-hydrates and replaces sodium, potassium, and other minerals that the body loses. These minerals are lost when we have sweated […]Read more »
My grandmother, born in October 1928, grew up on her grandparent’s farm in Craigsville, West Virginia. Her childhood began alongside The Great Depression. As one of the middle children, she had many responsibilities around the farm. Some of her earliest memories are of the animals on the farm, especially the chickens. My grandmother has loved […]Read more »
Whether you harvest ducks from the wild or directly from your farm, this duck recipe will give you something to cheer about! The same duck combination can be used to create two tummy-warming meals. BASIC DUCK MIXTURE RECIPE 4 Duck Breasts (aka the breasts of 2 ducks) 1 Large Onion 2 Stalks Celery 1 Can […]Read more »
I remember the first time I saw a Buff Orpington chicken. It was at the State Fair and the bird was MASSIVE! It was in a large display cage and took up most of the space allotted. I fell in love immediately and vowed that one day I would raise these giant chickens. Fast forward […]Read more »