How To Prepare For Chicks

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If it’s your first time or umpteenth time with baby chicks, it’s always an exciting time! While you are waiting for them to hatch or come by mail, the anticipation builds up to the day of arrival. However, there are several things you need to prepare before your chicks arrive. We are going to spend a little time here helping you prepare with our tips and tricks for those new hatchlings! First, here’s your checklist of items you will need: Brooder, Heat Source, Drinker, Feeder, Feed, Bedding and Vitamins. So now, we will go through each item in detail and get you up to scratch. For more advice see, Bringing Chickens Home For The First Time. Brooder The first thing you need to prepare is a brooder. What is a brooder? The simplest form of a brooder would be a cardboard box. It needs to keep chicks in and predators out. Ideally… [Read More]

How To Care For Older and Disabled Chickens: Part 2

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Caring for old and disabled chickens is a much neglected, yet important topic. I’m proud to say that last summer we covered the story or three incredible disabled chickens: Sparkle, Zinnia and Myrtle. Since publishing the article I regularly receive comments and emails from people who want to hear about Zinnia’s progress and how she’s doing. So I decided to reach out to Megan and invite her onto my blog so she can tell Zinnia’s story. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did. So without further ado, over to Megan. In everyone’s life you’ll have a few chickens that will change the way you see the world. I’ve been lucky enough to have two. There isn’t a success story about Zinnia without the love and loss of my first house chicken Ginny- which is where it all started. Ginny was a sassy Buff Orpington Easter Egger… [Read More]

How To Keep Hens Laying Eggs Through The Winter

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When Fall arrives, molting is not far behind. In fact, broody hens have probably already molted. Those that have finished molting are now sporting bright, tight new feathers, red combs and wattles, but… no eggs. The amount of eggs that chickens lay is hugely affected by the season and the amount of daylight hours. In today’s article we are going to look in depth at why hens don’t lay year round and what you can do to change that. When Do Hens Stop Laying Eggs For Winter? Chickens’ egg laying cycles are heavily impacted by the amount of daylight and time of year. Once the amount of daylight starts to reduce, it signals the chicken that it’s time to molt, shedding old feathers for new, a time for repair and restoration. When the days start to get shorter, special signals are sent to the brain by the eyes and the… [Read More]

Happy New Year. Happy New Chicks?

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It’s 2017; Happy New Year! If you are a gardener, you have been poring over seed catalogs, feverishly planning the layout of your garden. If you are a chicken addict you have been studying the catalogs trying to decide which breed you want to add to your flock this year. Perhaps a certain breed didn’t work out for you last year or you simply need new chickens! If you are new to chickens and have been reading the poultry catalogs- you are maybe a bit confused by the array of chickens. Who knew there were so many to choose from! How do you pick which are going to be the best fit for you? This article will help you focus on what you need to know before buying some of those cute, fluffy little peeps. Basic Chicken Questions to Ask Yourself The first and most important question is: Are you… [Read More]

How To Do A Chicken Health Check (Checklist Included)

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Performing regular health checks for your birds can prevent minor problems from becoming major headaches. You probably already take mental notes of what’s going on with your flock on a daily basis. This article is to give you a few pointers on what you are looking for and how to deal with some of the minor problems as they occur. If you have a small flock, say less than ten birds or so, you may not need to keep a written record for yourself. I encourage you to write things down though. We are not always good at remembering dates and odd occurrences. Your notes can be as detailed as you like- if you are breeding birds details are important to note. Let’s get to work! Health Chart Checklist This can be simple or more detailed, the choice is yours. You can see mine in the photo below. It is… [Read More]