Chickens can demand a good bit of your time, especially if you have a lot of them As someone who has always had chickens, I know how much work they can be But, I’m also a busy mom to three kids and I love to travel, which means that I had to learn how to manage my chickens effectively, even when I’m not around The holiday season is much like traveling- you may be home more, but in between family dinners and shopping for gifts, your time to care for your chickens is going to be limited Here are
Hard boiled eggs are a convenient and nutritious snack They can be turned into a stand-alone protein snack, deviled eggs, egg salad or garnish on a salad For many years, people quit eating hard boiled eggs because of the cholesterol content Now, research has shown that not only is the cholesterol content in eggs nothing to worry about, but eating hard boiled eggs can actually lower your bad cholesterol levels All the more reason to finally learn how to make the perfect hard boiled egg!
Knowing how to hard boil an egg is a must in the kitchen Cook them
Growing up, I wasn’t much of an egg-eater In fact, I can clearly remember several times that eggs made me sick first thing in the morning The fact that I keep about 30-40 laying hens at any given time may not make much sense Although I wasn’t a fan of eggs as a kid, I’ve learned to enjoy them much more the older I’ve gotten Eggs are packed with protein and farm eggs are packed with nutrients like carotene and vitamins Here are my favorite ways to eat eggs that will please even the people that don’t care for
If you’re raising chickens, one of the reasons that you probably started with chickens is so that you could have fresh eggs It can be a bummer when your hens stop laying What causes hens to stop laying eggs? Let’s dive into why birds will stop laying
The Science of Why Birds Lay Eggs
In nature, most birds will lay eggs only in certain times of the year They will lay eggs when it’s the best time to raise their young The ‘best’ time depends on temperature, whether food is readily available and other factors from the environment Some birds will
Did you know millions of baby chicks are shipped through the mail each year in the US? You might be surprised that baby chicks can be shipped through the post office It’s not like you can take a puppy to the post office and ship it across the country, so how can hatcheries and poultry farms ship baby chicks?
It’s All in the Anatomy
In order to understand how baby chicks can be shipped, we need to go over a little bit of chicken anatomy Let’s consider how a baby chick is formed The chick develops within the shell and the
When you’re building a chicken coop, one of the pieces of advice that you’ll find is to build your chickens a roost You may wonder why your chickens need a roost Isn’t that what nesting boxes are for? Let’s dive into why your chickens need a roost and how to create the perfect roost for them
How Chickens Sleep
You know that your chicken coop will need nesting boxes, but you might not know that your chickens will need a roost also Your chickens will not actually sleep in their nesting boxes The nesting boxes are designed to give hens a
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
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
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
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