Are you raising chickens and trying to grow a garden? Don’t get hung up on trying to keep your garden and chickens separate Instead, try to think about how you can make them work together Chickens can be extremely beneficial for your garden In fact, before chicken coops were a thing, many homesteading families relied on their chickens to help in the garden
Benefits of Chickens in the Garden
Chicken Manure Did you know that many farmers spend a lot of money each year to put chicken poop on their fields? Chicken litter, or chicken manure, is a wonderful fertilizer
As a long time chicken owner, I’ve had many different coops over the years In fact, when I think about it, there are seven different coops that I have housed chickens in I’ve experimented with all different coop designs, changing up the layout, structure and interior of the coop to see what works the best This includes the flooring that is in the run of the coop
The run of the coop is the portion of the coop setup that is outside It’s usually a fenced off area attached to or underneath the coop itself The
Chickens are omnivores, which means that they need to eat both plants and animals, usually in the form of insects Eating both plants and insects is critical for healthy chickens But did you know that herbs are also beneficial for chickens?
Over the years, herbs have become increasingly popular as home remedies for both humans and animals, including chickens Using herbs to raise healthy chickens isn’t just a fad either; there is a ton of research showing the health benefits of feeding herbs to your chickens You can use herbs to replace antibiotics, prevent disease, treat
Your chickens are here and you want to provide them with the best possible life But, you may feel overwhelmed with all of the coop equipment that you see What do your chickens need and what’s a waste of money? Let’s talk about what your chickens need in the body
Your chickens will need a feeder Although you could get by with an ice-cream bucket full of feed for a while, eventually you’ll want to invest in a good quality feeder Look for a feeder that is easy to clean and will last a long time Stainless steel feeders
Your chickens may be pretty and clean themselves, but without your help, they probably won’t keep their coop clean Cleaning the coop doesn’t have to be a major ordeal though There are a few things that you can consider when designing your coop that will help to keep it clean There are also some things that you can quickly do each day that will take less than five minutes
Are you thinking about building a coop from scratch or modifying the one that you have to make it better? There are a few things that you can do inside
Raising chickens and gardening go hand in hand You may know that you can improve your garden with your chickens, but have you tried composting to improve your garden? It’s a simple way to reduce your waste and make your garden better, all at the same time
What is composting?
Composting is a method of reducing waste and turning it into something that gardeners like to call ‘black gold’ When you compost, you take kitchen and household waste and allow it to break down Many waste materials, especially from the kitchen, contain valuable nutrients that plants need With enough compost, you
You’ve successfully raised your fluffy, sweet chicks into beautiful hens Your hens have started to lay and you can’t wait to crack open your first home raised egg When you go out to the coop to collect eggs, you might be surprised to see that your eggs aren’t always clean and perfect There are many things online about the do’s and don’t of cleaning eggs What’s the best and safest way to clean your farm eggs?
Should you wash fresh eggs?
You may be surprised to learn that the United States is one of the few countries that sells refrigerated eggs
Animal husbandry or livestock for agriculture Chick eating food in the tray and two chicks that are sleeping Under the light bulb warmth on straw in the nightWhich came first… the egg or the chicken? That’s what comes to mind when someone asks me what they need to do if they want to start raising chickens And for the record, the answer is the egg (Today’s domestic chickens are the result of breeding wild jungle fowl with other birds to create what would become the chicken So, it seems to reason that someone at some point crossed two birds
Chickens are farm superstars They produce eggs almost daily Some chickens have even been known to lay multiple eggs per day They don’t require much food in order to produce those eggs, either One thing that many chicken owners quickly realize is that some chickens tend to slow down or stop laying eggs in the winter
Why is that? Keep reading to learn more about why chickens may stop laying in the winter
Hens and Daylight
The hen’s body and egg production is a complex cycle that is impacted by the amount of daylight
Do you dream about raising birds, but you can’t raise chickens in your urban area? Or maybe you do raise chickens, but you’re looking for something different If you want to raise birds that lay delicious eggs and have meat that is considered a delicacy, then you need to think about raising quail Here are 10 reasons that you should be raising quail
Quail are considerably smaller than chickens, ducks, geese or turkeys Their smaller