Farms, chickens and flies They all go hand in hand Unfortunately, you can’t have animals (even chickens) around without having flies around Flies can be a big menace, especially if they find their way onto your or into your house Let’s talk about some ways that you can keep the number of flies down
One of the best ways to keep flies down is to prevent them in the first place You won’t be able to keep all flies away, but you can do your part to reduce the number of flies significantly
Hatching your own eggs at home is a really fun way to add to your flock You’ll want fertilized eggs to hatch You can either get these from your existing flock or you can purchase fertilized eggs from another farm The process of incubation can take place either artificially with an incubator, or with a broody hen We’re going to discuss the timeline of developing eggs and how you can manage them if you’re incubating them artificially
It takes chicken eggs 21 days to hatch There’s a lot that goes on in those
When you first start raising chickens, there are a lot of new terms that you have to learn You’ll quickly become familiar with the differences between roosters and hens You’ll be able to quickly tell the difference between different breeds, even if they have similar names like Bantam and Brahma One topic that can still be slightly confusing is the difference between infertile eggs and fertilized eggs We’re going to go over the difference between the two types of eggs here
What’s the difference between an infertile egg and a fertilized egg?
Do you have hens? Are they currently laying eggs all over the place? If you’re tired of collecting eggs from under the shed, in the rim of that old tire or in the seat of your truck when the windows are down… then it’s time that you give your hens some proper nesting boxes Buying nesting boxes can be expensive and you may not like the way they look Making nesting boxes yourself is very simple and only requires a few basic tools like a saw, a hammer and nails or a drill and screws
One of the best parts about raising chickens is the cute baby chick stage Fluffy, sweet chicks are part of the reason many people decide to get chickens in the first place If you’re raising chickens, you may have noticed a hen that spends more time than the other hens in the nesting box If so, you likely have a broody hen Let’s talk about what to look for in a hen to see if she can raise chicks successfully
What does ‘broody’ mean?
The term broody
Gardening is a great way to get outside and grow some of your own food Gardening can also feel difficult, especially if you have bad soil, frequent droughts or problems with pests and weeds every year Or, you might think that gardening isn’t something you have space for What if there was a way to make sure that you always had room to grow vegetables? What if this method was also easier to manage, no matter what issues you have had with past gardens?
Benefits of Planting in Pots
Container gardening is an excellent way
Planting herbs in the garden is one of my favorite things Herbs are incredibly useful, pretty and make a perfect addition to any garden They’re great for adding flavor to your food, creating comforting teas, or natural medicine Most herbs are also great companion plants for vegetables and can help improve the flavor of your vegetables or keep pests off of your plants Herbs that are good for you are also good for your chickens Keep reading to see what my favorite herbs are to plant in the garden
Rosemary is a hardy perennial
In 1874, Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter as a joke to suggest that adjusting waking hours during the summer would conserve candles It wouldn’t actually become common practice until the mid-late 1900’s Although most countries in the world observe Daylight Savings Time, it’s often thought of as a nuisance to schedules and sleep patterns It takes us humans a couple of weeks to fully adjust to the new hours, which change twice a year What does Daylight Savings Time do for your flock?
How it affects your chickens
Do you have a flock of chickens, but you also enjoy gardening? If so, have you ever considered planting flowers for your chickens to eat? That’s probably not a thought that has crossed your mind, as most gardeners work really hard to keep their chickens out of the garden
There are a few reasons why you should consider planting flowers for your chickens to eat and enjoy Planting a garden for your chickens will give them their own plants to eat, which will help to keep them out of your flowerbeds Many
Do you keep chickens just for the pleasure of having chickens? If so, you’re not alone Many chicken owners keep chickens for the fun of it Fresh eggs are nice, but just owning chickens is enough reason itself There are many ways that you can show your chickens that you enjoy them We’ve put together a list of ways that you can show your chickens some love
Feed your chickens treats
One of the best ways to show your chickens love is to feed them yummy treats