What does a pumpkin have to do with chickens? Actually, pumpkins are a nutritional powerhouse and chickens love the taste. Every fall, if we haven’t grown our own pumpkins on the farm, I will buy pumpkins for all the farm animals. Every species here will eat it in some form or another but the chickens […]
When we first adopted Mr. Tweet, the ladies (hens) had a hard time accepting him. He was so fluffy and they had not seen a Silkie before. Under normal circumstances, I don’t recommend giving chickens a regular bath. But there are certain times when it is absolutely necessary. Read on to lean why Mr. Tweet […]
Chicken advice is everywhere lately. So many books, blogs and newsletters specialize in the care and feeding of chickens. Chicken advice has become big business. Equipment, coops, chicken tractors, brooders, and incubators are big sellers, too. The small homestead is just not complete without a flock of beautiful egg layers. I enjoy writing about chickens, […]
Chick Frenzy season begins this time every year. You can learn to recognize the symptoms in your friends and family members. Symptoms of Chick Frenzy includes quickened heart beat upon seeing a hatchery catalog. It begins in most of the country in February. You will begin dreaming of spring and the inevitable start of chicks […]
Taking care of a flock of chickens and guineas can be pretty comical! When we went out of town, I had to explain to my poor Mom what to expect from all the craziness that happens in our barnyard. It made me realize I may be turning into one of those crazy chicken ladies.
Chickens love to dust bathe and dust bathing is the best way to keep lice and mites at bay. Lately we’ve noticed that our little flock are starting to look a little “ratty” and two have some pretty significant bald spots. Not only does it look very painful, but with the colder weather on it’s […]