A dual purpose breed is one that lays eggs consistently, and can be used for meat. Here are 5 dual purpose breeds to consider this season!
It’s always an exciting moment when your chicken lays her first egg. Unless you are warned beforehand, you probably had no idea that they would lay such a small egg. These first eggs that your hens are laying are called pullet eggs.
Three of our top-producing layer breeds for any small flock owner to consider adding to your flock for a steady supply of eggs!
Brooding day old poults is very much like brooding chicks, with a few little adjustments to ensure the health and well being of your new little ones.
When you have animals, some extra planning has to be done for their care while your on vacation. Check out our chicken owners guide to taking a vacation!
Why is my hen not laying? Let’s explore some of the most common reasons why hens slow down or stop laying eggs altogether.
Whether you are new to chicken keeping or a seasoned veteran, chances are you have heard the term chicken math! So just what does chicken math mean?
If you live in an area where roosters are allowed, here are the top three reasons why I keep a rooster around (or three), and you should too!
Looking for a chicken breed that would make a great backyard pet? Check out these 5 Best Chicken Breeds for Backyard Pets.
The Buff Orpington is a great dual purpose breed. They are known for their “fluffy” appearance as well as a gentle demeanor. Buff Orpingtons are a heavy breed, with good egg production, and are cold hardy. They are friendly, and affectionate, which makes them a great choice for children.
here are two “must-have” items for your chickens to thrive in the heat. First, plenty of cool, clean, fresh water is necessary. Water is the most important nutrient and it’s important that your hens want to drink when it’s hot outside. Make sure that your waterers are not located in the direct sun. Your hens will drink more water in the hot weather than they do in more moderate temperatures, so checking and refilling waterers as needed is important.
Summer is almost here! Looking for a quick, healthy treat that will also help your chickens stay cool with the temperature soars? Try making these frozen snack cups for them to enjoy.
We recently asked our Facebook followers across the United States to give us their feedback regarding how much they sell a dozen chicken eggs for in their area. We also asked them to comment if they were feeding conventional poultry feed, non-GMO or organic feed, or raised their flock exclusively on pasture or forage. Here’s how the results came in.
If you’ve owned chickens or other poultry for more than a few years, you’re probably familiar with the fact that there are a multitude of predators that want access to your flock. It’s certainly devastating to find a nighttime predator has attacked your flock while you slept.
While your flock of chickens are loving what they are doing they are filling their bellies up as well, which is great for them and also great for you. Their bellies are full on what nature is freely providing for them and they don’t need as much grain due to the extra protein intake, which makes you happy!
One of my favorite early chickening stories is that of my then 4 year old son, Bryce, whom I had just put to bed. A few minutes later I hear the screams and I ran in expecting the worst… “Moooooooooom! Sparkles pooped on my pillow!!!!!” For those of you who do not know who Sparkes is, she was a beautiful Silver Laced Wyandotte, the family favorite. So…. what did I do that I never thought I would before owning chickens? I made the house rule: No chickens in bed!
Spring is time to plant your garden. While you are preparing and planting your garden, now is a great time to plant a garden for your chickens. Your chickens will love to graze their own garden and will benefit from the nutrients from the plants.
If you have chickens there is no reason to buy an inferior, preservative filled cake at the store when they are so simple to make at home. They call for just a few ingredients (cake flour, sugar, eggs, salt, cream of tartar, vanilla) and very little prep. A good angel food is light and airy and divine, and fewer more perfect vehicles can be found for good whipped cream and berries.
Have you ever wondered what it is like to receive chicks in the mail? Come along and follow Jess as she picks up her chicks from the local post office. Learn about the process, what the package looks like, and what you need in your brooder to get you started.