Chick season is upon us and just about everyone I know has hatched or bought new chicks for their flocks! By now your chicks are running around their brooder happily doing their cute little chick things. Nothing can make the fun come to a halt faster then a sick chick can though….and I have spent […]
Raising backyard chickens to gather your own healthy eggs is rewarding and rather easy as long as you educate yourself on some basics before you begin. For instance, where does one get baby chicks? Is it better to mail order from a hatchery or buy from a local feed store? What is a straight run […]
Whether you mail order baby chicks or buy them from a local feed store be sure you are prepared. Baby chicks need a brooder ready for their arrival. A brooder is simply a container/box or blocked off area that will house the baby chicks for the first several weeks of their life. A brooder can […]
Hatching out baby chicks with small children can be such a joyous part of homesteading life! Here’s a printable step-by-step chart that works well with stickers, and helps kids keep track of turning the eggs, and checking temperature and humidity. And it serves as a great visual for counting down to hatch day!
It’s so exciting to incubate eggs! Waiting for the pip and the zip of the chicks, whether they be chickens, ducks, quail, geese, turkey, or pheasants is something we always look forward to. But anyone who has incubated eggs knows that often times there are chicks who struggle to hatch—which brings us to our controversial […]
I was so afraid of getting chicks, even after my husband built a beautiful coop for them. What if I killed them? What did I even need? Turns out, you only need a few basic things to bring chicks home today.