11 Must Haves For First Time Chicken Owners

11 must haves for first time chicken owners

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]

The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Egg Candling

The Complete Beginners Guide To Egg Candling

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]

What Do Baby Chicks Eat?

What do baby chicks eat? Well, when one of my free-range hens disappeared from the flock one spring day, I thought the worst. I figured a predator had taken her and she was lost forever. This was a hen that I had saved from predator attacks before, and she was not a spring chicken anymore. Imagine my surprise when I heard the familiar clucking of my favorite hen during chores one afternoon. Not only… [Read More]

How Are Chicken Eggs Fertilized

how are chicken eggs fertilized

We all know that you don’t need a rooster to get an egg right? Our hens will lay an egg daily with or without any assistance from the male sex. However, if you want fertilized eggs, you will need a rooster need a rooster to perform his duties with your hens, which he will be happy to do on a continuous basis.

A rooster is genetically programmed to take the task of populating the… [Read More]

Chicken Predators: Signs of Attack and Prevention

chicken predators

Just last week, mid day, I noticed my hens clucking far out from the coop, not just one hen, multiple. They would also idle by the chicken coop but not enter the run. A chicken predator during the day is not common in this area but I immediately went to check. Sure enough, a younger opossum was feasting on their eggs.

Spring is coming and peak hunger is settling on predators so they… [Read More]