Why Keeping an Inventory of Your Chickens is Important for Their Health and Safety.

Keeping an inventory of your chickens might seem like an unnecessary task, but it can actually be very helpful for several reasons. I know firsthand the importance of tracking information about my birds. In this article, I’ll be sharing why and how I keep an inventory of my chickens. Why keep an inventory of your […]

How to Tame Baby Chicks: Tips for Building Trust and Affection.

As a new chicken owner, one of the challenges that you may encounter is getting your baby chicks to be comfortable around you. It can be frustrating to see adorable pictures of chicks cuddled up with their owners, while your own chicks are still terrified of you. However, with patience and persistence, you can help […]

Pellets vs Crumbles: Which is Best for Your Chickens?

I understand the importance of providing my chickens with the right feed. After all, the quality of their diet can directly impact the quality of the eggs they lay. Recently, I’ve been considering switching to organic, corn-free, and soy-free chicken feed to meet the growing demand for healthier and more ethical products. However, I’m stuck […]

Where to Buy the Best Glass Jars for Water Glassing Eggs – A Comprehensive Guide.

One of the ways I preserve my eggs is through water glassing. Water glassing is an age-old method of preserving eggs that involve storing them in a mixture of water glass (sodium silicate) and water. The solution creates a protective layer around the egg, keeping air and bacteria out, and prolonging the shelf life of […]

Water Glassing Eggs: A Centuries-Old Method of Preservation.

As a homesteader, I always try to find ways to preserve excess food to ensure that nothing goes to waste. When my chickens started laying more eggs than my family could consume, I researched different methods of preserving them and stumbled upon water glassing. I was intrigued by this centuries-old method of egg preservation that […]

Feeding Chicks: When to Introduce Greens and Treats

Feeding chickens a nutritious and balanced diet is crucial for their health and happiness. Although most chicken keepers begin with chick feed, many supplement their flock’s diet with greens and other treats. In this article, I’ll share my experience with feeding my chickens greens and other goodies, as well as what I learned along the […]

Best Nesting Pads For Chickens. Benefits, Material, Pricing.

As a chicken owner, I know firsthand how important it is to provide a comfortable and clean environment for my birds. That’s why I always make sure to invest in high-quality nesting pads to keep my chickens happy and healthy. In this article, I’ll be sharing some of the best nesting pads for chickens on […]

The Benefits of Nesting Pads for Chickens: Are They Worth the Money?

Nesting pads are a popular choice for chicken owners who want to make their chickens feel more comfortable and keep their coop clean. However, some people are still skeptical about their effectiveness and whether they are worth the investment. As someone who has been using nesting pads for eight months now, I can confidently say […]

Protecting Your Chickens from Opossums: Tips and Tricks.

As a chicken owner, protecting your chickens from predators should be one of your top priorities. Predators such as opossums, raccoons, and even snakes can wreak havoc on your chicken coop and cause significant harm to your flock. In this article, I will discuss the opossum, a common predator that can cause significant damage to […]

Help! We Accidentally Got Roosters: What to Do Next.

Raising chickens can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it’s important to do your research before buying chicks. Unfortunately, one common issue that many first-time chicken owners encounter is not being able to determine the gender of their chicks. This can be a problem if you’re not prepared to keep roosters, as they can […]

Hatcheries and Vaccinations: Do All Hatcheries Vaccinate Before Shipping Chicks?

One of the important considerations when starting a flock is whether to get vaccinated chicks or not. Vaccination can help protect your flock from various diseases, including Marek’s disease, coccidiosis, and others. But the question arises, do all hatcheries vaccinate before they ship? In this article, I will discuss my personal experience with ordering chicks […]

Should Vaccinated Chicks be on Non-Medicated Feed? The Answer You Need to Know.

I know that ensuring the health and well-being of my flock is of utmost importance. One question that often arises is whether or not to feed chicks vaccinated for Marek’s disease with medicated feed. After doing some research and consulting with other chicken experts, I can confidently say that there is no issue with feeding […]

Should You Vaccinate Backyard Chickens: Pros, Cons, and Considerations.

As a nurse and a new backyard chicken owner, I was faced with a decision on whether to vaccinate my chickens or not. I found it quite challenging to decide whether or not to vaccinate my flock, especially with all the conflicting information out there. However, after researching and consulting with other chicken owners, I […]

Choosing a Large Capacity Chicken Feeder: Tips for Finding the Right One.

As a chicken owner, you want to make sure your feathered friends are well-fed, especially when you’re not around to monitor their food intake. A large capacity chicken feeder that can withstand the elements and hold enough feed for an extended period is an excellent investment. But with so many options available, it can be […]

Keeping Your Chickens Happy and Busy: Ideas for Your Run.

As a chicken owner, one of the main concerns is to keep the birds happy and busy in their run. Chickens that are bored and have nothing to do can easily become agitated and start pecking at each other, which can lead to serious health problems. Therefore, it’s important to provide a stimulating environment for […]

Do Chicks Chirp for Attention? Understanding Your Chick’s Noises.

You may be wondering about the noises your little ones make. One common question is whether chicks chirp for attention. In short, the answer is yes, but there could be several reasons why your chick is chirping loudly. Hunger or Thirst Chicks can chirp due to hunger or thirst. Like any animal, chicks have basic […]

What to Do with Your Deceased Chickens: Proper Disposal Methods.

One of the most challenging parts of raising chickens is dealing with their inevitable deaths. It’s a strange question for a newbie, but it’s a crucial one to ask. So, what do you do with your chickens when they die? Do you bury them or dispose of them in other ways? In this article, I’ll […]

Hatching Chickens for the First Time: My Heartbreaking Experience and Tips on Candling.

Hatching chickens can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can also be heartbreaking, especially for beginners. In this article, I share my personal experience of hatching chickens for the first time and the lessons I learned. I also provide tips on candling, a crucial process in incubation. My Heartbreaking Experience One of My […]

How Much Feed Does a Meat Bird Need? Understanding Lifetime Consumption and Cost.

Are you wondering how much feed a meat bird needs to consume throughout their lifetime? Or perhaps you’re curious about the cost of feed per pound or kilogram? As someone who raises chickens, I can assure you that these are important questions to consider. Not only does the amount of feed impact the growth and […]

Safe and Nutritious Vine Plants for Your Chicken Fence: A Guide.

As a chicken owner, I know the importance of providing my flock with a comfortable and safe environment to live in. One of the ways I like to improve their living space is by adding some greenery to their area. It not only makes it look more aesthetically pleasing, but it also provides them with […]

How to Choose Eggs for Incubation: A Guide for Beginners.

The process of selecting eggs for incubation can be confusing. With several hens and roosters in your flock, how do you determine which eggs are best for hatching? In this article, I’ll share my personal experience and tips on how to choose eggs for incubation. Check for Fertilization Before Selecting Eggs The first step in […]

Everything You Need to Know About Raising Sapphire Chickens and Their Eggs.

Hey, there fellow chicken keepers! I recently got my hands on some beautiful Sapphire gems and I couldn’t be more excited to share my experience with you. Not only do I want to show off my lovely new additions, but I also want to talk about their egg-laying habits and when you can expect to […]

How to Get Your Hens to Start Laying in Their Nesting Box Again.

There’s nothing quite like collecting fresh eggs from your own flock. However, there are times when chickens start laying their eggs anywhere but in their nesting boxes. This can be frustrating, but there are several things you can do to encourage your hens to start laying in their boxes again. Clean and Refresh the Nesting […]

Tips for Successful Incubation of Chicken Eggs.

Raising chickens can be a rewarding experience, but incubating eggs is a whole different ball game. As an experienced chicken owner, I thought I had a good handle on the incubation process. However, my latest batch of eggs has left me with some questions. Despite my careful monitoring of temperature and humidity, and culling eggs […]

When to Move Chickens to their Coop: A Guide for Backyard Chicken Owners.

I know firsthand how exciting it is to watch our little feathered friends grow up. Our six chicks are turning six weeks old this Friday, and I am eager to move them to their coop. However, I am a bit concerned about the nighttime cold as the lows are around 27-30°F at the coldest. After […]

Eggs Not Hatching Until Days Later: An Uncommon but Possible Scenario.

I always look forward to the excitement of hatching new chicks. However, one hatch had me scratching my head in confusion. It was day 25, and there was no sign of pipping from the eggs. But I could see movement when I candled them. I wondered if anyone had experienced the same thing. Factors That […]

Creative Ways to Package and Freeze Home-Raised Meat Chickens.

As a poultry owner, I always enjoy hearing about the experiences of fellow chicken enthusiasts. Recently, my husband and I have been considering raising some meat chickens, but we’re faced with the question of how to package them for the freezer. We have a regular vacuum sealer, but we’re not sure if it will accommodate […]

When to Remove Heat Lamp for Baby Chicks: A Guide for Backyard Chicken Owners.

One of the most important considerations is ensuring the health and well-being of your chicks. When raising baby chicks, providing them with a consistent source of heat is essential, especially during the first few weeks of their lives. But how old should your chicks be before you can stop using a heat lamp? In this […]

Egg Withdrawal After Ivermectin Use on Chickens: How Long Should You Wait?

Raising backyard chickens can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience, but it also comes with responsibilities, such as ensuring the health and well-being of your feathered friends. One common issue that chicken owners face is parasite infestations, which can be treated with medications like Ivermectin. However, it’s crucial to be aware of the egg withdrawal […]

Why do people think chicks from hatcheries can’t eat anything else?

When you buy chicks from a hatchery or farm supply store like Tractor Supply Company (TSC), they usually come with instructions that tell you to feed them a specific type of commercial feed. These feeds are formulated to provide all the necessary nutrients that chicks need to grow healthy and strong. They usually come in […]

Treating CRD in Chickens: Tylan and Other Remedies.

As a chicken owner, it’s never a pleasant experience to see your feathered friends get sick. Unfortunately, respiratory issues are all too common in chickens, and it’s important to take quick action to help them recover. If you suspect that your bird may be coming down with CRD (chronic respiratory disease), it’s important to act […]

Is Your Heating Plate Too Hot for Your Chicks? Here’s What You Need to Know.

One of the most important things you can do for your chicks is to provide them with a safe and warm environment to grow up in. One popular option for achieving this is through the use of heating plates, which simulate the warmth of a mother hen and help regulate your chicks’ body temperature. However, […]

Why You Shouldn’t Put Nesting Boxes on the Floor for Your Chickens.

If you’re new to raising chickens, you might be wondering where to place your nesting boxes. When my husband and I first started keeping chickens, we used milk crates for our nesting boxes, elevating them a few inches off the ground. However, when we built an additional coop, my husband suggested putting the nesting boxes […]

The Beginner’s Guide to Raising Backyard Chickens: Getting Started.

As the price of eggs continues to soar, many people are considering getting chickens for their own supply of fresh eggs. However, for those who have never owned chickens before, getting started can be a daunting task. If you are one of those considering raising chickens, you have come to the right place! As someone […]

Protecting Your Chickens from Hawks: Tips and Tricks.

As someone who has owned chickens in the past, I understand the anxiety that comes with having to protect your flock from predators. One of the biggest concerns that chicken owners face is the possibility of a hawk swooping in and taking off with one of their precious birds. It can be a heart-wrenching experience […]

How to Get Vibrant Egg Yolks: Tips for Chicken Owners.

As a child, I always looked forward to visiting my grandmother’s farm during the summer. The highlight of my visits was collecting fresh eggs from the chickens. I vividly remember the excitement of opening the coop and carefully picking up each egg, marveling at their different shapes and sizes. But what always fascinated me the […]