Should You Be Feeding Your Chickens This Superfood?

Should You Be Feeding Your Chickens This Superfood

Making sure your chickens’ diet is right, is the difference between having happy hens laying lots of eggs and grumpy hens who will peck your finger off if you go near them! We changed our chickens’ diet last year and were amazed when within a couple of days their egg laying had plummeted- so we’ve […]

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Raising Turkeys and Chickens Together – Can You and Should You?

Poultry enthusiasts often dabble with different species of birds. One of the questions that comes up often is,  “Can I keep chickens with other kinds of poultry?” or “Can I have a mixed flock?” The short answer is YES, you can. But should you? Generally speaking, ducks, peafowl, and turkeys can certainly be kept on […]

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What You Should Know About Raising Chickens And Ducks Together

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. It has been said that ducks are the new chickens, […]

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Dried Mealworms: Should Your Chickens Eat Them?

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Mealworms! Shake that packet and chickens come running from every corner of the yard. Chickens love dried mealworms, no doubt about it. But should you be feeding them to your flock? It really depends on the supplier. As always, higher quality ones are more expensive but in terms of your flock’s health it’s definitely worth […]

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Chicken Diapers 101: Should Your Chicken Use One?

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Did you ever imagine in your wildest dreams that you would be putting a diaper (nappy) on a chicken? No? Well, read on my friends. Chicken diapers may have seemed like a harebrained idea a few years back, but now it is commonly done. Around 1% of urban households in the larger US cities (New […]

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Should You Use Sand In Your Chicken Coop?

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Most folks use convention bedding materials in the coop, spreading straw, hay or similar over the floors and in the nest boxes. Some people however, use sand as flooring material. This prompted us to take a look at the positives and negatives of using sand as a bedding material in the coop and run. Here […]

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Cackle Hatchery: What You Should Know Before Buying

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We have been asked by several people how to find out which are the best hatcheries to get your chicks from. Cackle Hatchery are one of the largest hatcheries in the US. In this article we have put together a guide on how you can assess the hatchery yourself. You can then make an informed decision […]

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Should I Light The Coop Over Winter?

This question, along with heating the coop is persistent. Each winter I always receive emails about this. So this year I’ve put down some thoughts, reasons for and against lighting and related tidbits. The discussion between the yeas and the nays on this subject can get quite heated at times, so remember, the choice is […]

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7 Reasons Why You Should Not Get Chickens

7 Reasons Why You Should Not Get Chickens

Many people get chickens thinking they are cute, easy to look after and do not require a great deal of maintenance. After all, how much upkeep can a chicken require? Unfortunately, this rosy outlook puts a lot of chickens into shelters, on the streets or killed because they did not meet the owners’ expectations. If […]

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

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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 […]

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