Did you know that wood ash can be used for keeping mites at bay? The next time you clean your fireplace, keep your chickens in mind by storing some of the ashes for them. It's a hen's best kept beauty secret.
Choosing the right breed of chicken is a lot like dating. Well, not really, but there are serious matters of compatibility at stake and hundreds of breeds to choose from. Before making a commitment, take a moment to consider your “type.”
A few years ago, we had an absolute disaster in our flock that could have been easily prevented. Ever since then I've been telling everyone I can about it so that other people don't have to go through the same experience.
Let’s face it, when you have a flock of chickens, you’re rollin’ in the eggs. I have flock of 14 hens. In a typical day, one’s broody, one’s molting, and a couple of others are otherwise takin’ the day off. I’m still collecting about 10 eggs per day.
Liz describes the ups & downs of having a rooster(s) in your flock of backyard chickens. Unfortunately, they are not always welcome, so Liz shares her experience w/ small-scale chicken processing and her family-favorite recipe: Rooster Nuggets!
In a 3-part series, Liz describes her journey w/ owning backyard laying hens w/ various indepth tips, tricks & tutorials. In this 1st piece, Liz shares her first steps to owning hens: zoning laws, basic coop info, and where to buy your flock.
In this 2nd post in Jillian's series on hatching her own chicks she discusses all the ins & outs of the actual hatching process from monitoring, to survival rate percentages and whether or not to help a chick out of their shell.
Jillian shares a basic overview of incubating & candling for hatching chicks! In this post she covers: storing & preparing for incubator, renting & setting up your incubator, keeping records, how to make a candling device & how to candle your eggs!