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 […]
There’s plenty of debate among chicken keepers as to whether or not to light their coops in the winter months. This time of year the days are shorter and the temperatures are not getting any warmer, but does that mean you should consider supplemental light in your chicken house? There are many reasons that chicken […]
One of the most important ways to ensure a harmonious flock is making sure that your hen/rooster ratio is reasonable. Multiple roosters will squabble and even kill each other when competing for too few hen’s affections. Many towns have ordinances against roosters because of their before-dawn crowing, and it’s always a good idea to check […]