One of the first things I did when I got my first flock of chickens was to train them to come when I called them. I let my chickens free range and by training them, I know that I will be able to call them back to their coop whenever I want to. It’s truly […]
Choosing the right egg laying chicken breeds for your backyard is an overwhelming task. There are literally hundreds of chicken breeds available and they all lay eggs. When you are looking for a hen that lays lots of eggs, you need a layer breed rather than a meat or dual purpose breed.
Often times when setting up a homestead, most people think of adding chickens to their backyard, but what about ducks? What are the main differences of Ducks VS Chickens? Ducks typically aren’t thought of or included in the homestead plans. But did you know that they have many benefits and often times are better than […]
One of the best things about small residential flocks of chickens is that they tend to be exceptionally healthy. Many of the chicken diseases that affect larger commercial flocks are just not a big deal for small backyard homesteaders. However, there are a few chicken diseases you should be aware of, just in case. Some […]
It wasn’t too long ago I had sweet, blissful daydreams about relaxing on our front porch, with a glass of homemade lemonade while watching our chickens roam freely through our yard. And then, reality set in and I realized that as wonderful of a daydream as that was, it wasn’t going to work for us.
I want to talk about an illness that you can get from keeping chickens, but you’ve probably never heard of it. It’s called histoplasmosis and you can get it from breathing in the spores of a fungus (Histoplasma capsulatum ) found in bird or bat droppings. Yes it’s all birds, not just chickens. However since […]