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Hatching baby chicks in your own incubator is not only easy — it’s a blast! This content is sponsored by Brinsea. I’ve heard from many backyard poultry enthusiasts who’d like to become more self-sufficient by hatching their own chicks, but who have concerns about the cost and difficulty of doing so. Well, there’s little to worry […]Read more »
This post is your guide to all things chicken! Everything from why you should raise chickens, different styles of rearing, choosing breeds that are right for you, designing a coop, keeping you flock healthy and raising chicks. It’s the perfect place to start if you’re just starting out with your first flock, or are interested […]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 »
The Iron Oak Farm Year of the Chicken It’s Spring! And for most, the chicken keeping year starts in the spring. Perhaps you’re bringing home your first chicks, or maybe last year’s pullets are beginning to lay. Maybe you’re collecting eggs for the incubator, or maybe you’re a seasoned chicken keeper who’s just thankful […]Read more »
Have you walked into your local farm store or hatchery lately? The familiar peeping sound draws you in…it’s baby chick time! Rather it’s your first go round or you’re a pro at raising baby chicks, there are a few things that all of us can learn. This guide to getting started with chickens is a […]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 »
As winter draws to a close, some folks are busy drooling over mail order chick catalogs trying to determine which breeds they would like to get this year. Some are just starting out and others are trying to narrow down their must-have breeds. Chicken math is in full swing and if you are like me, […]Read more »
Out here in western New York, Labor Day signals the return to school. School buses flash their lights through the foggy mornings; children are hustled out the door with new backpacks, uncreased paper and unused erasers. It has been many years since the school bus stopped at the end of our driveway, but in […]Read more »
Looking to make an easy, DIY dust bath? Click here to learn how… A lot of new chicken keepers — or even those just expanding their flocks — worry about the introduction of new chicks from the brooder to the coop. But, it’s not as scary as you think, so long as the temperatures are […]Read more »