For a first time chicken keeper, it can be frightening watching a chicken taking a dust bath. Chickens need dust baths and are often seen laying in a shallow pile of dirt, frantically kicking and scratching it all over themselves. Why do chickens roll around in the dirt and cover themselves completely? For proper hygiene […]
It’s always a good idea to find out the laws in your town before starting a backyard farm. You don’t want to invest in a chicken coop, barn, or duck pond and get attached to some fuzzy little critters only to have the town hit you with a fine, make you move it, or make […]
There are so many types of chicken feed available that it can seem overwhelming. How do you know which feed is best for your chickens? Should you get a pelleted feed or one that is in crumble form? With so many options available, choosing the best type of chicken feed can seem impossible. There are […]
Water belly in chickens is a condition mostly seen in rapidly growing breeds, like Cornish crosses. Learn how to prevent, identify and treat the condition. Ascites, or water belly, is a condition that is hard to treat and unfortunately has high mortality rates. I’m going to teach you ways to prevent water belly. I’ll also […]
There are so many reasons that you should be raising chickens on pasture. Allowing chickens to forage not only saves you money on feed, but creates healthier chickens. This means that you end up with a healthier meat or egg product! Read all about the benefits of raising chickens on forage here.
If you live in a northern climate, one of the most challenging parts of raising poultry is keeping their water from freezing in the winter. Here in New England, we have weeks on end where we might not get above freezing, and can often dip below 0. Chickens & ducks need fresh, liquid water every […]