Chicken Combs

Why do chickens have combs?

Despite being iconic to the look of a chicken, combs actually serve a very important purpose Besides being attractive to the opposite sex, combs are important heat regulators Chickens are unable to sweat Heat radiates out of their combs and wattles, thus keeping them cool

As we know, roosters are the showmen of the poultry world Long shiny feathers, huge combs, a sharp spurs, they are certainly lookers!

A rooster will have a larger, redder comb due his influx of hormones This helps him look impressive to his ladies In addition, studies has shown that wild game

Raising Turkey Poults (Entry 3)

We have officially reached the 15 month mark here on our little farm!

 

Speaking of “little farm,” if you’ve ever had animals, you’ll be familiar with disappointment

I regret to say, 2 or our 3 turkey poults passed away

 

One was lost to what I believe to be a sly weasel (As it was the only sized predator that could have gotten past the small wire) The other passed away unexpectedly We did all we could, and it passed peacefully in the comfort of our home

This speaks to the fragility of turkey poults Sometimes, no matter what you do or how well

Raising Turkey Poults (Entry 2)

Our sweet turkey poults are officially 1 month old!

They have grown quickly, and are now living outside in our chicken tractor I knew it was time for them to graduate to a bigger enclosure when they started escaping! They first started roosting on the edge of the brooder box, then flying all the way out, exploring the garden shed!

Luckily we have a multipurpose pen that works for young chickens, baby goats, and also, baby turkeys! Our chicken tractor is not actually a tractor, but a simple coop on wheels It is lightweight enough to pull onto new grass daily,

Raising Turkey Poults (Entry 1)

Two weeks ago, my daughter and I had a very exciting day!

Our little turkey poults arrived on a Wednesday to our local post office here in Alabama The poults traveled all the way from Hoover’s Hatchery in Iowa!

Being prepared for the arrival of your poults takes all the stress out of the day Being shipped across the country can take a toll on their little bodies Have your brooder set up, with clean shavings, a red heat lamp, fresh water, and good quality feed Your little poults will appreciate this and quickly settle into their new home

One of the

Best Breeds for Children

Raising chickens can be just as fun for children as it can be for adults!

Allowing children to help with chicken care teaches responsibility, increases empathy, and broadens perspective

This year, to get your child excited, allow them to pick out a few chicken breeds from the Hoover’s catalog! Any breed of chicken has the capability to become friendly However, there are some breeds that really excel with children! They are known for having a gentle, calm demeanor

Here are some of the very best breeds for children!

Large, cold-hardy, broody, and

Early Differences in Roosters and Hens

Have you ever been into a farm store that just got a new batch of chicks?

If you are like me, you have squinted and stared at the chicks until your eyes crossed, trying to pick out the males from females

Unsexed chicks are labeled as “straight run” This pretty much means the chicks were hatched and all put up for sale Whatever mix of girls and boys is unknown and totally dependent of the luck of the draw Chick gender is not determined by overall temperature of the clutch, as in reptiles If it was, hatcheries would have capitalized on

Benefits of Adding Geese to Your Flock

So, maybe you have had chickens for a while, even have a few turkeys or ducks The next rung on the ladder of backyard poultry is geese! Geese make a wonderful addition to a backyard flock They truly are impressively beautiful animals to look at!

 

Here are some benefits of adding geese to your flock!

 

Fast Growers

One of the perks of raising geese is that they grow incredibly fast! You can almost see them change and grow every single day! Goslings, although sweet, can be very messy Since they grow at such a fast rate, the good news is they won’t

A Coop for Each Stage

Raising fluffy baby chicks is fun, until they suddenly have outgrown their first home! Here are the three types of homes your chicks will need as they grow

 

Brooder Box

Babies (Day 1- ~7 Weeks)

When you bring home your baby chicks, the first thing you will need is a brooder box It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it does need to be functional One of the most dangerous parts of the brooder setup is the heat source Whether heat lamp (buy the red bulb), or heat hover plate, always double check for

Raising Ducklings vs Chicks

If you have recently visited your local feed store and seen baby chicks and baby ducklings available, the impulse to get a few of these and a few of those is irresistible!

Before you bring home your fluffy babies, here are some important differences to know about raising ducklings vs raising chicks!

 

Ducklings and chicks need separate space

Generally, ducklings and chicks will need a separate brooder Sometimes, they can all get along, but sometimes unfortunately they can fight Ducklings grow much faster than chicks, and have been known to pick on baby chicks Even if they do get along as babies,

Tips for Sharing Eggs

With Spring now sprung, my guess is that you are getting lots of fresh eggs!

The longer daylight hours and new crop of spring greens to eat, boost a hen’s egg production Chances are, you have been enjoying fresh eggs on the menu, but still have lots of extras

Sharing your bounty of eggs is a wonderful way to make someone’s day!

 

Eggs are freshest when UNWASHED

If you look at an eggshell up close, you will see hundreds of tiny holes These are called pores Pores on the eggshell actually allow tiny bits of oxygen inside the egg, therefore keeping the chick