Do you Need Anything in a Nesting Box?

The majority of people that own chickens get chickens so that they can have fresh, wholesome eggs  That’s a wonderful reason to have chickens  However, for many new chicken owners, the whole idea of your chicken laying eggs can bring up a bunch of new questions  One of the most common questions that I get from new chicken owners has to do with the nesting box and whether or not you need anything in it  Let’s talk about the purpose of the nesting box and whether you need anything in it or not

The purpose of the nesting box

Hens are

Boredom Busters for Chickens

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘busy as a bee’  I think that ‘busy as a chicken’ should be just as relevant  Chickens are extremely busy and constantly going  Well, when they aren’t cooped up that is  Naturally, chickens would spend the majority of their time walking around scratching the ground searching for insects, seeds and bits of grass to eat  They would get up before daylight and spend the entire day doing this, only retiring right at dark

In an ideal world, you’d be able to let your chickens out everyday and they could spend their days out and about 

Hen to Rooster Ratio

You’ve decided that you want to raise backyard chickens  Now, the question of what you need to get comes up  Many people are quick to choose a breed, but often overlook a very important question- “How many hens and roosters do I need?”  You may be surprised to know that you don’t need a rooster at all if you’re just looking to have fresh eggs  Hens will produce eggs even when a rooster isn’t around!

But, if you’re set on having a rooster and you dream of a backyard farm, baby chicks, and being woken up by the crow of

Tips for Reducing Flies in the Coop

Flies are a constant nuisance, especially in backyards where you have livestock  Chickens don’t attract a huge amount of flies when compared to larger livestock like cattle or pigs, but they will still attract flies  Thankfully, there are a few simple ways to keep the annoying flies at bay

One of the first steps to reducing flies is to keep the coop and run clean  Flies are scavengers and feed on feces, decaying things and anything gross  If you keep the coop cleaned out, you’ll reduce the feed supply for flies around the coop  Remove poop daily  Poop in the

The Perfect Dust Bath

Have you noticed your chickens laying around in a dusty spot, kicking dust all over themselves? Chickens love to roll around in the dirt and dust  It may sounds backwards to ‘bathe’ in dust, but chickens have good reason for rolling around in the dirt  When chickens cover themselves in dust, they are doing so in order to take care of their feathers and skin  Chickens can easily become infested with external parasites like mites, fleas, ticks and other insects

Most of these insects prefer to hop onto patches of clean skin that they can easily gnaw through to get

A Beginner’s Guide to Canning

One of the best parts about homesteading is the garden-fresh produce that you’ll grow  Have you ever heard someone say “nothing tastes better than a home-grown tomato”?  That couldn’t be more true  Produce that you’ve grown yourself always tastes better than what you can buy in the grocery store or even at a local farmer’s market

But what do you do when your garden grows a little too much?  We have a saying in our family about the fact that your garden can never produce too much  When you find your refrigerator overflowing with fresh vegetables from your garden, it’s

Planting Fodder for Chickens

Chickens are omnivores, which means that they eat both plants and animals  Well, mainly insects rather than animals  Although chickens have a need for protein sourced from animal tissue, they also need plants to eat

 

If your chickens are able to get out of the coop and forage, then they’ll have access to grass, seeds and other plants  But what if your chickens can’t leave the coop?

 

Fodder is a cheap and easy way to get your flock the plants that they need to stay healthy  Growing fodder is simple and requires minimal time, work and equipment

Ways Chickens Benefit a Garden

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

  1. 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

What Type of Floor Do You Want in the Run?

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

Planting Herbs for Chickens to Eat

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