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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Sand in your chicken coop is a good question. Most folks use conventional bedding materials in the coop and run. Spreading straw, hay, or similar over the floors and in the nest boxes. Some people, however, use sand as a flooring material. This prompted us to look at the positives and negatives of using sand as a […]
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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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Several people have asked us how to find out which are the best hatcheries to get your chicks from. Cackle Hatchery is 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 decide about your available hatcheries […]
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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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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 tough to resist. It quickly becomes a homesteading staple raising chickens and ducks together. It has been said that ducks are the […]
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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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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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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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Many people ask if it’s safe to free range their flock. As with most questions, there is no simple yes or no. To really answer this question you need to understand the pros and cons of free ranging your hens. First, let’s define ‘free range’. For most of us, we have an idyllic picture in […]
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