The Educational Value of Raising Chickens

The Educational Value of Raising Chickens

Chickens can teach us a lot about ourselves and the world around us. And if you’re homeschooling your children during the COVID-19 pandemic, you might be looking for a fun project that has many layers of educational value.

Of course, chickens can provide just that.

If you choose to utilize chickens and animal husbandry to educate yourself and your children you can find ways to touch on (at minimum) the following topics:

History Biology Genetics… [Read More]

What Raising Chickens with Your Children Teaches Them

Whether you’re homeschooling your children or looking for an educational project for them to do at home, raising chickens is one of the most multi-faceted projects for your kids.

Aside from the ability to learn about animal husbandry and farming, there are a few key areas of education that are baked into a chicken-raising project.

Let’s take a look at what your children can learn from raising chickens.

Responsibility for the Life of… [Read More]

How To Incubate Duck Eggs

Incubating duck eggs in an incubator is a bit more complicated than hatching chicken eggs the same way. Most incubators are designed to be used for both types of eggs. But, although it is fairly commonplace on homesteads, attempting to hatch both chicken and duck eggs at the same time is often problematic. 

While some duck breeds both lay and sit their eggs well, many do not. The Pekin breed, for… [Read More]

Interpreting Duck Behavior

Interpreting Duck Behavior

Ducks are quite entertaining little creatures. They each have their own definite personalities and flock demeanor. Being able to interpret duck behavior will allow you to better understand why they do what they do. It will also enhance your husbandry skills to offer better care – and perhaps even get more delicious eggs in the process.  

Both domestic egg and meat duck breeds as well as their wild peers share the… [Read More]

The Ultimate Duck Feeding Guide

The Ultimate Duck Feeding Guide

Feeding ducks the right feed at the right time in proper amounts is crucial to their overall health and egg production capacity. While commercial feed may be at the base of the diet of most backyard duck flocks, many homesteaders also diligently try to introduce as much of a natural diet as possible into the bellies of their egg producing poultry birds. In this article we are going to tell you everything you need to… [Read More]