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Summer Egg Production…kind of sounds like a play, doesn’t it? Maybe I should say Summer Egg Production (or lack there of). Or, how ’bout Summer Egg Production (yes, no, maybe). Remember back when it was Spring time? The grass and trees were turning green. The flowers were budding, some even flowering into their full beauty. […]Read more »
The scorching sun… The sticky humidity… The hot temperatures… Chickens natural way of keeping cool is to spread their feathers to let the heat escape. They are also smart enough to seek shade, create dust bathing areas, and drink plenty of water. Although they do a pretty good job of keeping themselves cool, I (along […]Read more »
guest post by Andrea Martin Recent outbreaks of avian influenza (including the highly pathogenic strains) in the Midwest have sounded the alarm against this dangerous disease. While the outbreak was mostly confined to commercial farms, backyard poultry keepers need to be vigilant as well. Without any treatment options available for poultry, the influenza virus won’t be welcomed in our […]Read more »
Last week I shared with you a recipe that uses a lot of eggs at one time…something needed when all of our ladies started laying. Today I want to share another recipe that showcases the incredible egg. As with most of my recipes, I like to keep it simple. But this recipe…it has a kick […]Read more »
The white of winter gives way to the bright greens of new grass and the delightful yellow of the dandelions that sprout up and speckle the landscape. Our land is once again ready to grow and nurture so many things. Those cheerful dandelions are our very first crop at my house. Dandelions are such an underutilized […]Read more »
Chick season is in full swing and spring has certainly sprung! Today, I wanted to share with you this wonderful herbal blend from Luv Nest. Using herbs in your poultry bedding has wonderful benefits. Not only do these dried herb formulas smell amazing, but they also have nutritional benefits when ingested. They also help to […]Read more »
Have you heard of pasty butt? It also goes by the term “pasting up”. As you spend time with your chicks, you might happen to notice that some of their bottoms have poo stuck to their backside (the vent). This can happen for a number of reasons including getting acclimated to eating food, poor quality […]Read more »
It’s that time of year again! We visited our local feed store to buy goat grain the other night, and as soon as the sliding doors parted we could hear the familiar “peep, peep, peeping” of all the new 2016 baby chicks. When I was a teenager, I remember there was only one store in […]Read more »
I don’t claim to spoil my chickens, but I do like to make sure that they are well taken care of and are happy. That’s where Winter Fun For Chickens comes in to play! When cold and snow cover the ground, chickens can’t do what is natural for them like scratching and pecking for bugs […]Read more »
How to keep eggs from freezing in the coop is a concern for many of us this time of year. During the colder months each egg that you collect is like a prized possession. They can be few and far between. Having to trash them because they are frozen and/or cracked can be heart breaking. […]Read more »