Easter Fun

With Easter fast approaching, many of us backyard chicken owners are ready with baskets full of fresh eggs!

Hens really start laying on overdrive when the weather warms up and the sun decides to hang around later each evening Those eggs we waited for all winter, may now be arriving in droves! Easter is the perfect time to use up lots of those delicious eggs!

 

No Easter would be complete without dying Easter eggs, and when you have your own eggs fresh from your hens, it makes it all the more enjoyable

White, cream, blue, green, and dark brown- many of us

How Daylight Affects Egg-Laying

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 

Egg Layers- One Month Old Update

My lovely assortment of chicks have officially made it to the one month mark! At about 3 weeks old, they graduated to the handy-dandy chicken tractor to receive some much needed fresh air and more space They also are now eating pellets, instead of crumble It is important to always keep youngsters away from older hens If you put them together too soon, you’ll quickly see nature’s “pecking order” in full swing It is best to keep your babies separate until they are almost equal in size to full grown hens (about 4 months of age)

Egg Layers- 2 Weeks Old Update

The past few weeks have flown by with my colorful, rainbow batch of  chicks!

They have been relatively low maintenance up until this point When you  have chicks during hotter months, it is important to make sure they don’t  get overheated during the daytime

Their wing and tail feathers have grown in Usually feathers on the head  come in very last There have been 3 pleasant days where we have let them outside during the day We put them in our handy, now empty, chicken  tractor Ideally, the tractor would have rabbit wire, but it only has chicken wire Luckily, the chicks have grown in size and cannot fit through the  holes

Their first time in a bigger house was super exciting!

They ran around and flew off the grass, like little baby pigeons! Picking  grass, taking a dust bath, and practicing perching Like a proud parent, I  loved seeing all their firsts! My toddler loves sitting in the tractor with  them and she will have them tame in no time!

Unlike the Rangers, these chicks all look very different! So, naturally, we  have favorites There’s Stormy the black and white mystery girl,  Lemongrab, the one we can’t decide will be white or gray, and Sunny

Sunny is very “special” Ever since taking her out of the box, I noticed  something was off about this dark gray, almost blue, cutie She doesn’t have splay leg, but has trouble getting around She acts dizzy I have tried  different things to help her, but nothing has changed It must be a  neurological tick She is still eating, drinking, and longs to be with the  others 

Some of the chicks did develop mild cases of “pasty butt,” or as my toddler  lovingly calls it, “tasty butt” Pasty butt happens when chicks have a little  ball of poop on the outside of their little bottoms It is fairly common in  chicks that have been shipped, and thankfully, easy to fix By carefully  picking off the hard bits with a warm, wet paper towel, it is cured

Other than that, they are a lively, vivid little bouquet of chicks!

Diary of a Chicken Owner- Egg Layers!

Having your own laying hens can be super rewarding, and it can be extra exciting getting eggs from your flock!
This week I received a box of happiness from Hoover’s- an assortment of egg layers!
Upon opening the box, I was struck by how beautiful they all were! It was like opening a treasure box for a crazy chicken lady! They looked like tiny gemstones; each one different from the other! As soon as I opened the box to inspect them all, I saw one of the dark grey chicks was acting very weak It had

4 Ways to Encourage Chickens to Lay in Nesting Boxes

The time of year when spring chicks start laying eggs is a very exciting time! Finding the first little eggs is such a reward for all the hard work we put into our chicks all summer long You know what’s not fun, though? Having to conduct an Easter Egg hunt to find the eggs! Here’s 4 ways to encourage chickens to lay in nesting boxes

If you’re wondering how to encourage your spring chickens to actually use their nesting boxes, you’re not alone Sometimes it seems like chickens go out of their way to make egg collecting difficult Instead of