Homemade DIY Flock Block For Chickens Recipe

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If you’ve read this blog for a while, you know that my hens get spoilt and have lots of snacks. I’ve even written about their favorite 9 healthy snacks and table scraps! However, one of their absolute favorite snacks is flock block. During this time of year, flock blocks are fantastic. My hens love to peck and when the ground freezes over they can’t peck. My solution… homemade flock block. It keeps there attention for hours. This is a very simple way to give your birds something to relieve the boredom of winter and help them with extra nutrition and calories to keep them warm! Unfortunately some of the commercial flock blocks have added sugars which chickens’ don’t need. Not only that but they can be expensive- you can easily spend $20 a week on it. After a few experiments, I’ve managed to make a good alternative recipe that doesn’t… [Read More]

Keeping Chickens Warm During Winter

Keeping Chickens Warm During Winter Blog Cover

Chickens are an incredibly hardy animal and you will find them in many cold places throughout the world. There are people in Alaska, Canada and many other chilly places that keep chickens without too much difficulty- as long as you are resourceful! The temperature in certain areas of Alaska has been known to drop to -20F! Whilst certain breeds are better in the cold than others, with enough preparation any breed will be fine during the wintertime. Let’s take a look at some tips and ideas on how to keep the ladies warm, content and laying over the coldest months of the year. Keeping the Run Warm When the mercury dips into the negative numbers, humans need to bundle up to stay warm. Your chickens don’t need to do that- they have the finest insulation available, feathers! Feathers are one of natures’ minor miracles. We will be writing an article about… [Read More]

Top 10 Must Read Backyard Chicken Articles of 2015

Must Read Backyard Chicken Articles of 2015 Blog Cover

I’m sure you’ll agree 2015 has been a fantastic year for backyard chicken keepers! This year we’ve made our own mealworm farm, ran the annual backyard chickens blog award, and even interviewed 43 backyard chicken keepers– it’s been a very hectic year! We thought it would be a great idea to make our last blog post of 2015 a collection of all of your favorite articles throughout the year. Let’s take a look at the Top 10 Must Read Backyard Chicken Articles of 2015. #1: What I Wish I’d Known Before Getting Backyard Chickens The most popular article of 2015 was: What I Wish I’d Known Before Getting Backyard Chickens. Getting chickens for the first time can be a nerve wrecking experience- you constantly fret that you are doing something wrong. Did I leave the coop door open? Are they getting enough food to eat? When should they start laying… [Read More]

Top 6 Christmas Presents For Your Chickens

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Yes it’s that time of year again! There are cards and presents to think about, lists to make, food to prepare and families to organize. It can be a frantic and expensive time of year. Fortunately, your chickens won’t worry about a card or how much you spent on their presents- they are happy just to see you! However, if your girls have treated you to lots of fresh eggs this year, or if you’re feeling particularly generous- we have gathered our top 6 Christmas presents for your chickens. Before we get into the presents though, let me start by saying- please don’t get your hens sweaters or any other ‘clothing’. They do not need it and it actually can affect their ability to keep warm. The only exceptions to this would be hens that are practically bald or recovering battery cage birds! Present 1: DIY Rolling Treat Dispenser The first present… [Read More]

7 Chicken Breeds That Do Well in Cold Climates

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The winter weather here in upstate New York during the winter can be brutal, and certain breeds of chicken just don’t survive here. It’s crucial that when you’re considering which breed of chicken to get, you take into account your local climate in addition to the bird’s natural climate. A mismatch of the two can prove a deadly combination! For instance a breed like Minorcas will do great in hot climates but would desperately struggle in colder climates. Whereas, Welsummer’s will thrive in the cold, but not so much the heat. Surprisingly, this was a hard piece to do. There are so many good, cold hardy breeds to choose from! In narrowing it down to seven breeds, I have used the following criteria to pinpoint those I believe to be the best bang for your buck! Cost of chicks- average price of the chicks chosen here are $2-4/chick. Availability- some… [Read More]