At what age will my hens start and stop producing? Is there a breed that produces best? Is there a breed that produces best? How can I help my flock produce to the best of their ability? Do the seasons effect my hens? These are all such important questions to ask yourself as a flock owner We all want our flocks to thrive and honestly, what is the point in a chicken (besides a pet) if they aren’t producing to the best of their ability? Though they
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
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
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
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)
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!
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
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