Duckling winter care involves diligent but not complicated or overly time-consuming husbandry techniques. The cute little fuzzy ducklings that you hatched or bought will depend on your care to survive their first few days to weeks of life. While ducks are incredibly more winter cold hardy than chickens, they can only comfortably tolerate 45-degree temperatures […]
Quail Waterers: Which One Is Best For You?
Depending on the kind of setup you have for your quail, you need to figure out quail waterers that your birds will understand and keep the environment clean. It is no fun to have smelly, dirty water dishes—no fun for you, and no fun for your quail. Bacteria can grow in water that has been […]
5 of The Most Common Quail Breeds for Homesteaders and Which is Right for You
There are over 130 different kinds of quail breeds throughout the world but, if you are thinking of raising your own, there’s a handful of top-notch quail breeds suitable for the homesteader. Out of the 130-some quail breeds, five are most commonly found in the backyards of bird lovers. Each breed offers something a little […]
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Raising Ducks For Eggs
Raising ducks for eggs is no more difficult than raising chickens for the same reason – in fact, it might just be far more accessible. Although ducks do make noise, they are sometimes far less noisy than chickens … especially if a rooster is included in your backyard flock. Unlike mature male roosters, male drakes […]
Raising Quail for Meat and Eggs
If you are limited on space or just over your chickens, but you love the thought of raising your meat and eggs, you might want to consider raising quail. Due to their small size is ideal for those who want something relatively easy to care for. Quail Meat Quail meat is considered to be quite […]
Wyandotte Chickens: Are They Right For Your Flock?
The Wyandotte is one of Americas’ favorite hens. Created in the North-Eastern US it is a firm favorite of many homesteaders for its reliability in producing eggs and meat. It has the distinction of being the first American breed specifically bred to be dual purpose. It is a beautifully marked heritage bird. Sadly, it fell […]
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Cream Legbar Chicken: Is This Blue Egg Wonder The Chicken For You?
The Cream Legbar has become a firm favorite here in the US at least, in part for its’ blue eggs. It is a fascinating study in genetics as few breeds have had their origins so well mapped. As you may imagine, the breed was not created overnight, in fact, it took several decades of study, […]
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Serama: Is This Tiny Chicken Right For Your Flock?
Small but mighty, the Serama lays claim to the smallest chicken globally and one of the most expensive! It is a relative newcomer to the Western world but has been known in Singapore for many years. Serama breed has the distinction of being a true bantam – there is no large counterpart chicken. It has […]
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How Long Will My Hens Live For?
The oldest chicken ever to have lived was called Matilda, and she was sixteen years old when she finally died. Her life circumstances were not ‘average chicken’. She belonged to a pair of stage magicians who took great care of her. Also, she never laid any eggs! She had quite a luxurious life with minimal […]
8 Simple Tips for Breeding Chickens
Whether you want more chickens in your flock or you want to turn a profit by selling chicks, you’ll need to learn how to breed chickens. In general, most of the work is done by the rooster, but when it comes to the logistics of breeding chickens, there are certain things you can do to […]