It’s only a matter of time before a chicken lover decides it’s time to add a duck, or five, to the flock. With their adorable good-looks, and humorous farm antics, ducks are extremely hard to resist and quickly becoming a homesteading staple alongside the chicken.
Most chicken owners will encounter medical issues among their flock at some point. There are many signs and symptoms to watch for when it comes to a chicken’s health and wellness. An important part of a chicken’s anatomy, that often becomes an area to watch for illness, is the vent (a.k.a cloaca). It is common, and unpleasant to deal with conditions of the vent, but it is extremely important to take prompt action when… [Read More]
Having a new flock of chickens can be a roller coaster ride of ups and downs, especially for beginners. It takes years to learn the ins and outs of good chicken keeping. If I could go back and start over, there would be a handful of things I wish I would have known as a beginner. These ten tips will help prevent confusion and heartache for the new chicken owner.
1. Feeding and Watering New… [Read More]
Chickens are entertaining little creatures that are great for pure enjoyment, ornamental appeal, and fresh eggs. Bringing home a new flock is an exciting experience but if they arrive without proper preparation, the excitement can turn into panic quickly. When you are not prepared is when you will spend the most money trying to purchase everything you need for your new flock urgently.
The following list I have put together are absolute must-haves for the… [Read More]
Egg candling is a neat, cheap, and easy way to discover what is happening inside the egg, but how do you do it? Here you will find the complete guide on what candling is and the when and how to perform it. I will also explain away some of the mystery behind candling and to help you get proficient at this skill which is extremely useful when you are incubating and hatching.
Do you have to… [Read More]