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 […]
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.
Chicken keeping is a natural thing for me as I was raised on a farm, but when someone asked me about my personal reasons for keeping them, I had to stop and wonder. Is it because it’s just something that’s always been or are there more personal beliefs and reasons? The answer is both I […]
Even in Maine, this time of year many backyard poultry struggle with the high summer temperatures. Some birds are better suited to heat than others: chickens suffer in temperatures above 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Geese trace their heritage to slightly warmer climates and can tolerate hot temperatures better, but around 90 degrees they get uncomfortable as […]