Chicken Heat Stroke and 7 Shade Ideas for Your Flock

Chicken Heat Stroke and 7 Shade Ideas for Your Flock Blog Cover

The temperature here has reached a blazing ninety one Fahrenheit in the Northeast, with oppressive humidity to match. It’s almost impossible to go outside without wilting.

Chickens cannot sweat like us, so hot weather can be seriously problematic for them.

Whilst they can acclimate to hot climates pretty well, they do not do well in sudden heatwaves- these are the dangerous for your birds.

We have previously mentioned ways to keep your hens cool… [Read More]

The Simple Way to Tell How Old Your Chickens Are

How to Tell the Age of Your Chickens

Most people know the approximate age of their birds when they first get them.

But how do you know their age if you are given some birds or rescue some?

Knowing the age of your chickens is crucial, without it it’s difficult to know their egg laying ability, what to feed them and what their general health should be.

Ageing a chicken is obviously not an exact science and some breeds are exceptions to… [Read More]

6 Easy Ways to Break a Broody Hen

6 Easy Ways to Break a Broody Hen Blog Cover

I have to smile at this article since I currently have two hens that are determined to be broody!

Fortunately for us Northern chicken keepers, broodiness is pretty much confined to the summer months.

Broody hens can mean trouble for your flock and egg supply! To make matters worse, broodiness can often spread throughout your flock, so you need to ‘break’ broody hens as quickly as possible.

So let’s get straight to giving you… [Read More]

How I Use Herbs in My Coop and Why You Should Too

How I Use Herbs in My Coop and Why You Should Too Blog Cover

Using herbs in your coop can not only make it smell nicer, but it can also provide medicinal and protective benefits for your chickens.

Today, we are going to look at some of the herbs that are most useful in and around your flock for their health and wellness.

I have chosen herbs that are easy to grow or find and simple to use- I have deliberately stayed away from tinctures and decoctions which can… [Read More]

7 Things You Must Prepare Before Your Chicks Arrive

7 Things You Must Prepare Before Your Chicks Arrive Blog Cover

The time is approaching- your chicks are going to be delivered soon, but are you totally prepared?

It may seem like you have everything, but if it’s your first time there’s a good chance you may have missed something.

You don’t want to be running round like a headless chicken when they arrive, so it’s best to double check everything now.

We have compiled a check list for you of the 7 most important… [Read More]