Chocolate Colored Eggs!

Last April 3rd, we had a broody mama chicken, hatch out 4 baby chicks from hatching eggs that we purchased from a local breeder. Of those chicks, we only had one girl who is now 5 1/2 months old. We were so surprised when she laid her first egg at only 41/2 months! That’s early, [Read On]

10 Tips to Keep Chickens Cool in the Summer Heat

With a heat wave hanging over most of the United States, our feathered friends need some TLC when the temperatures soar. When temperatures reach the 90’s or go into the 100’s chickens, pea fowl, guinea fowl, ducks and turkeys all need some help to prevent them from dying of Heat Stroke. High humidity levels elevate [Read On]

Our Swanky New Chicken Coop

Here are some photos of our swanky new chicken coop. We needed a chicken coop for the growing baby chicks we have been raising in the house. They are more than a month old now and need a home, outside. Avi wanted to build a small coop for them to live in until they are [Read On]

Raising Eight Baby Chicks

On April 25th we received baby chicks of various breeds from My Pet Chicken. On June 25th they will be two months old and it has been so much fun raising eight baby chicks. We ordered all pullets but it looks like we have a few cockerels in the mix. The picture on the left [Read On]

The Truth About Store Bought Eggs & Chicken

Store bought eggs and chicken, we never gave them much thought until we began to learn in what kind of conditions commercial chickens are raised. The modern, commercial/industrial egg farms do provide lots of eggs for people who don’t raise their own hens but the conditions in which they are raised are inhumane, in our [Read On]

Meet Real Free-Range Eggs – Mother Earth News

By Cheryl Long and Tabitha Alterman Original Article at Mother Earth News Most of the eggs currently sold in supermarkets are nutritionally inferior to eggs produced by hens raised on pasture. That’s the conclusion we have reached following completion of the 2007 Mother Earth News egg testing project. Our testing has found that, compared to [Read On]

Oxine for Chicken Respiratory Ailments

By Posey’s friend Kelly I recommend the use of Oxine AH.  No matter where you buy it, they will try to tell you that you need to buy the citric acid activator.  Just say you already have it, and you will avoid the argument I got about how it must be used.  You don’t need [Read On]

Gabby’s Baby Chicks – Video

Here is a short video of the baby chicks that hatched out just days before Passover. Gabriella is one of the four chicks that hatched from the small clutch we put under our first ever Broody Hen, named Vera. Those chicks hatched out last July 1st and now one of them, a hen named Gabriella, [Read On]

Raising Chickens Resource Listing

This post is a complete resource of all the podcasts about raising a flock of backyard chickens and the companion broadcast notes and written posts that we have available at this time. We are willing to help answer questions or trouble shoot problems or illnesses. All we ask is that you FIRST, please listen to [Read On]

Baby Chicks for Passover!

Last June, to our surprise one of our Australorps decided to go broody. Why was that a surprise? Because the Australorp breed of chicken does not usually exhibit the mothering characteristic of “Broodiness.” This is when a hen has laid enough eggs to be a clutch (in her mind any way) and her hormones change [Read On]

Feeding Your Flock

Feed for Your Flock There are many poultry feed manufacturers and a wide variety of feeds available. We recommend that you do a little research on the internet at some of the chicken forums, like backyard chickens and see what other chicken raisers are using and why or why not. Baby Chicks up to 16 [Read On]

Our Nest Box Units

Our first flock of chickens started to lay during the last week week of October and we didn’t have next boxes installed yet. I actually thought that they wouldn’t lay until Spring so I was caught by surprise! My husband was at work and I didn’t want to encourage the young pullets to just lay [Read On]

Our Chicken Coop Layout

Our current chicken coop is a refitted shed that was on the property when we purchased it last year. The shed is circa 1950 and is just a wooden frame with sheet tin for the walls. Sometime in the past 12 years the exterior was covered in vinyl siding and electricity was added. It has [Read On]

Essentials for the Chicken Coop

There are two basic types of chicken coops: stationary coops and movable Chicken Tractors. Chicken Tractors are made of light-weight materials, usually have at least two wheels and have a permanently fenced run area attached to them. They are small and are intended to be moved around the yard or property so that the chickens [Read On]

Chicken Foraging & Outdoor Life

Chickens thrive when they have a clean, safe, natural outdoor place to live and to forage for food during their daytime hours. Foraging will make up 50% of their daytime activities and part of their diet, the rest of their diet will be provided by you in the way of feed.     To listen [Read On]