Ascetis, also called Water Belly, is a common problem with fast growing meat chickens, and also in older laying hens. It is not a disease, so it is not contagious to the rest of your flock. It is a symptom of a deeper problem, and unfortunately is eventually fatal. A hen with water belly will […]
We get baby chicks in the spring so that they have the summer and fall to grow to size and are more hardy by the time it gets really cold. With that being said, there are several things that you need to do to prepare to get baby chicks. There are four main needs that […]
When the weather gets hot, it can mean trouble for your birds. Whenever the temperature gets above 90 degrees it can be dangerous for your backyard flock. Chickens (generally) don’t live in air conditioned buildings, and it wouldn’t be healthy for them even if they did. They also don’t get to go swimming like us […]
If you are looking to add color to your egg basket, then you need to consider some of the breeds that are known for laying blue and green eggs. Sometimes called Easter Egg chickens, they will add more than just color to your egg basket. These chickens are extremely docile and add big personalities to […]
One of the inescapable facts of keeping chickens is that they produce waste. One of the best reasons for raising your own chickens is that you can turn that waste into something useful instead of a harmful pollutant. In order to do that however, you will need a way to manage it. Chickens do most […]
The first time I raised meat chickens at home, I was quite pleased with the outcome of the meat the chickens produced. Of course, once you do something once, you learn how you could do it better the next time. Read what I would do differently raising meat birds. Learn from my mistakes!