Last week we took in three new African geese. These lovely ladies are proven layers, adults between two and five years of age. We got them from a nearby farm since we are unsure of the genders of our current flock, and also cannot resist a good deal on a goose.
When considering adding poultry to the flock or starting your first backyard bird-keeping experience, many people assume they’ll get some day old chicks at the feed store. This is an excellent option for the new poultry owner, but it is not the only one and it’s good to consider every possibility to make sure you […]
Keeping a flock harmonious is an ongoing challenge on the farm, especially if you have a lot of birds or a wide variety of species. To keep any group of poultry happy, the first thing to consider is the male to female ratio. Here’s a handy breakdown of the appropriate male/female balance for various farmyard […]
Often starting in early fall, chickens will begin to lose their feathers in a process called “molting”. It can be alarming for a new chicken keeper, since your hens will often become less active, be noticeably naked, and stop laying eggs. It is, however, totally normal.
Some of the words we use with birds can be a bit confusing, especially for those just starting a backyard flock. Here are some of the terms you’ll hear often, and a few of the more unique ones as well.
I’ve mentioned on this blog a few times that a gosling or duckling raised by hand will imprint on the human who raises it. This magical bond is unique to certain types of birds in the animal kingdom, and makes them special companions for those that raise them.