What is Marek’s Disease?

Have you ever heard of Marek’s Disease? If not, today is your lucky day! You’ll learn all about the causes, if it’s treatable and how to sanitize your coop after Marek’s strikes your flock This way you won’t have an unnecessary panic attack like I did the first time I thought I had a chicken with Marek’s


Can I Use Straw in My Chicken Coop?

For many years I have used pine shavings in my brooders and coop while raising backyard chickens There are a few different bedding materials out there, but pine shavings are easy to use and make great compost When you go to your local farm supply store there will be different types of wood shavings

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The Baby Chick Success Guide

We are kicking off this week with a giant, possibly record-breaking snowstorm here in Minnesota Yikes! However, the good news is that it’s almost March, so whatever snow we get, won’t last too long But as we wait for the snow, I’m sitting here dreaming about all things Spring! That includes baby chicks!


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All About the Mystic Onyx Breed

The Mystic Onyx breed was originally developed by Hoover’s Hatchery in very recent years Their beautiful feathers and black skin are striking While they were created to be a meat bird, they are taking backyard flocks by storm!

The Mystic Onyx breed is absolutely gorgeous and make a great addition to a backyard flock These chickens were created by combining a Silkie and a meat

How to Tell Your Chickens Apart

How to Build a Winter Dust Bath for Your Chickens

Have you ever seen chickens rolling around in the dirt? That’s known as a dust bath, and it helps chickens keep their feathers clean and dry But what happens when temperatures drop below freezing? Your chickens still need to dust bathe in order to stay healthy and clean!

Fortunately, there is a way to keep your chickens cozy and clean this winter with an indoor dust bath Read on for tips and steps on

Is it Safe to Put a Christmas Tree in My Coop?

Decorating for Christmas is a family favorite around here Naturally, with my love for chickens, this would carry into their coop! See how I decorated my coop for Christmas this year!

After my second year of having chickens, I put a small tree up with some lights My chickens left it alone

All About the Cream Legbar Breed

It’s December and you know what that means, right? Some people are Christmas shopping, some people are busy planning their gardens and shopping for seeds for the spring, but around here? Well, I’m shopping for my next chicken breeds! In case this is you, I’m here to help you out!

Building your flock is an exciting endeavor And as odd as this sounds, egg color never even entered my mind when I

All About the Olive Egger Breed

When I first started raising backyard chickens, I didn’t really think about egg colors I just pictured going out to the coop and collecting our breakfast And while that was fun, I started dreaming about a colorful egg basket One thing led to another and here I am 47 chickens later! Haha! I have no regrets though Our egg basket is beautiful, and our yard is sprinkled with multiple chicken breeds It just doesn’t