Things You Should and Should Not Feed Chickens

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Chickens can be extremely entertaining and useful to have around the homestead. They can also be extremely valuable, providing eggs and meat as well as helping control bugs. Plus, they're a lot of fun to watch! While there are a lot of things you can feed your chickens aside from feed to keep them healthy and happy, there are also some things that ought to be avoided. Things you should feed your chickens Every chicken is a little different, but in addition to a balanced feed diet, here are ... [ Read More ]

Protect Your Chickens from Bird Flu


If you've been keeping an eye on the news at all, then you're probably aware that there is a particularly nasty strain of bird flu going around and causing all kinds of trouble for fowl in Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, 15 other states and various countries around the world. Egg prices have skyrocketed a shocking 58% in the wake of so many chickens becoming infected--around 47 million or more, some say. Now, I'd love to say that I'm an expert on this sort of thing, but viruses aren't something ... [ Read More ]

Gifts for Your Favorite Furry and Feathered Friends

Gifts for Your Favorite Furry and Feathered Friends

      I don’t know about you but I like to include the feathered and furry friends in my Christmas planning. They may not know it is Christmas but they certainly appreciate the thought you put into the extras you get for them. It is also a great way to teach kids compassion and love for all living beings. In addition to donating to your local animal shelter or charity program that helps keep pets fed and in their homes, don’t forget to add a little something extra to ... [ Read More ]

Plant Something for Your Chickens When Planting Your Garden

Plant Something for Your Chickens When Planting Your Garden

    A question I have pondered a lot is whether or not I can grow my own chicken food. I have heard both those that said I could, and those that said it was not a good idea. I find it hard to believe that feeding your chickens off the land is either not possible or not advisable. But more importantly than that I have come to believe that growing your own chicken food is not only safe but is much better for your chickens. I can draw on a lot of experiences for this thought, ... [ Read More ]

4 Elements of a Good Predator Proof Chicken or Turkey Coop

4 Elements of a Good Predator Proof Chicken or Turkey Coop

  With a warm start to our late fall/winter I worry about the possibility of predators getting to my chickens. Hungry predators getting ready for the long winter are on the prowl looking for food and if my chickens are not secure it is just as likely as not that they could be on the menu. Losing chickens or for that matter ducks and turkeys, to predators of all kinds (that includes dogs who find your coop an easy meal) is common and it is heartbreaking. It only takes one break in to ... [ Read More ]

Caring For Turkeys

Raising and Caring for Turkeys

  This year we decided that aside from our chickens and ducks we would try to raise some turkeys for our holiday table. Turkeys are not any harder to raise than chickens are and although they do require some special considerations it can be well worth your time to raise a few turkeys and enjoy the pure pleasure and satisfaction of eating a fresh turkey for Thanksgiving. There is more than one reason to raise turkeys, not only can raising your own turkeys give you a source of healthy ... [ Read More ]

What to do for Chickens in Extreme Heat

How to Care for Chickens in a Heat Wave

  We are not the only ones that suffer from the heat outdoors, with temperatures soaring into the 100s throughout much of the US many of us are watching as our animals struggle with the heat as well. We can keep our dogs and cats outside but when you have a large flock of birds that is not an option and yet the temperatures that our nation has seen this week can have a serious affect on your flock if you are not prepared. I have never had to deal with heat and chickens before this ... [ Read More ]

Taking Care of your New Baby Chicks

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Getting Ready If you have just come home from the feed store with a box full of baby chicks you may not know how to take care of them and while most hatcheries may give you lots of information about your chicks if you need more information then I hope this helps. Getting ready for your chicks before they arrive is very important, your chicks will likely be stressed regardless of where you got them from and bringing them into a warm place that is already set up for them can really help to ... [ Read More ]

Why chickens Quit Laying


When chickens quit laying, it can be frustrating to families and farmers counting on the eggs for food and income. There are a number of different factors that influence laying hens and can disrupt their production or even cause it to cease for a period of time. These variables include: Shorter day length Molting Broodiness Age Nutritional deficiencies Stress As the days shorten in the summer and fall, egg production typically drops off accordingly. Hens respond to the amount of ... [ Read More ]