Quail are quickly gaining popularity due to their rising fame on social media. A quail has all of the benefits of a chicken, with very few downfalls, in a neat, easy-to-keep package. Quail are quiet, small, good egg-layers and can be successfully kept indoors. Aspiring urban homesteaders have fallen in love with these tiny birds, […]
How Long Do Roosters Live?
Most backyard roosters live to be five to ten years old if they are allowed to live until the end of their natural lives. Roosters that are commercially raised only live to be around six to ten weeks old; this is because about 4.61 billion roosters are butchered in the US annually by commercial growers. […]
Why Do Foxes Kill Chickens and Leave Them?
Foxes are such beautiful and clever creatures, but that doesn’t mean they sometimes don’t cause us problems. One example of this is when a fox breaks into your chicken coop and kills several chickens in one night, only to leave them there untouched. This perplexing behavior can be quite frustrating, especially since we may not […]
White Patches on Ducks
Have you noticed some new white spots on your ducks? White patches on ducks’ feathers aren’t always a cause for concern, but they can signify various medical conditions. This is why it’s essential to take note if you spot them. These white patches can range from small and isolated spots to larger areas of discoloration […]
How to ‘Worm’ a Duck
Deworming (also called “worming”) ducks is not a topic that’s frequently discussed but an important component of poultry keeping. In this article, we will discuss every aspect of deworming ducks, from routines to signs of parasites, to options available and more. Can Ducks Be Dewormed? Ducks can be dewormed. It’s not something often discussed, but […]
How To Prevent Frostbite During Winter?
During these cold winter months, your girls have a lot more to worry about than lack of daylight! One of the biggest problems which can occur is frostbite. It was Ben Franklin that said ‘an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure’. He may not have been talking about chickens at the […]
How To Keep Your Chickens Entertained In Winter! 4 Chicken Boredom Busters
The cold, gloomy days of winter are here and everyone can get bored, even chickens! Boredom leads to mischief such as feather picking, egg eating, squabbling and a miserable disposition. We have put together some ideas for helping to relieve boredom for your flock and to help them to live together harmoniously throughout the winter […]
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Flocks Need a Daily Snack Too!
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are important – but do your flocks need a daily snack, too? Chickens have a lot of energy and need plenty of calories to keep them going. At the same time, you can provide most of your chickens’ nutritional requirements via their feed – which is specially formulated to meet their […]
Best Automatic Chicken Waterers: What’s Best For Your Flock
Today we are going to be talking all about automatic chicken waterers. Certainly, an automatic system can save you time, but is it worth the investment? You can spend a lot of money on some of the automatic systems available, so you should try to find the best bang for your buck. This is where […]
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14 Rarest Chicken Breeds on Homesteads
Are you interested in adding some rare finds to your flock? Every single bird on this list is a stunner with outstanding qualities; it would be a shame if they were to go away. If any of these breeds speak to you, seriously consider adding them to your breeding program so you can boost their […]