We are a week out from Christmas! Do you have all your shopping done? I am actually up to my eyeballs in all things Christmas But because I don’t have enough to do (insert eyeroll here!) I decided to take a break and make my girls something fun I didn’t go overboard on decorating the girls’ coop this year, but I did want to spruce it up with some homemade decorations Edible Christmas garland is a perfect addition to your coop And the best part? You don’t
With the coming of autumn, leaves aren’t the only things falling
You may have noticed some of your flock members dropping feathers Every year, the sight of suddenly nearly naked chickens causes panic for new chicken owners
Birds, almost overnight, start looking like a strong wind came and left them stripped!
Although it seems alarming, chickens could naturally lose their feathers in autumn during their MOLT
A molt is the shedding of old feathers, to make way for new ones In the same way humans shed skin cells daily and reptiles and crustaceans shed their old skins, chickens molt out of their old
Snacks are a great way to develop a bond between you and your chickens They are also a good reward, a great
When I started back up with raising my current flock (I took a couple years off), I was pretty set on only having 6 chickens Now, fast forward almost 3 years and my flock is up to 40! Hahaha! If you know what chicken math is, that’s why!
I am part of a number of backyard chicken groups on social media and it seems there are always people selling or giving away chickens or looking to
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
Today we’re going to discuss somewhat of a hot topic in the chicken world It’s one of those topics that most chicken keepers have a strong opinion What am I talking about? Diatomaceous earth (DE) of course! There are many chicken keepers who won’t get near the stuff and many who use it on a regular basis with much success So, what are your thoughts on DE? Do you use it in your coop? Let’s first take a look at what DE actually is and then I’ll