A chicken saddle is a simple to make and useful tool that every chicken keeper should have. This is a pattern for a quick and easy saddle that requires very little sewing. A saddle can help prevent loss of feathers from overly rambunctious roosters and can protect your hens from injury from pecking.
When we first brought ducks to the homestead they were an experiment more than anything. Now, after several years as duck owners, we are more fond of our free-range white layers than we have ever been. Here are 10 reasons why we continue to choose to keep ducks on our property.
As chicken keepers we see our fair share of injuries in the flock. Whether it be because of feather puling, bullying or predators we often have to take care of their wounds at home. Finding a chicken vet can be difficult if not impossible in some areas! I live in farm country and my closest […]
I get asked all the time how my guineas and chickens handle the cold and snow we get every winter. Guineas are quite a bit different then chickens. For one thing, they are nowhere near as smart. I know it’s hard to believe, after all I’m sure we’ve all seen chickens do some dumb things. […]
In mine and my husband’s continuing effort to be more self-sufficient, less dependent on grocery stores, and have more control over what we eat, we started raising meat chickens this past spring. A free ranging meat bird would not have worked in our situation at the time; we were living in a rental house with […]
Chickens like to take dust baths. They will find some loose dirt, dig a space and lay down. Then, they will roll around, kicking up the dust onto themselves. The first time you see it, it can look like the chickens are convulsing. Or dying. Or both. The chicken can spend up to 20 minutes […]