Raising chickens comes with a lot responsibility. They are like any pet that needs constant care and upkeep. They need fed, watered, and their chicken coop cleaned on a regular basis. Plus, if you want chickens for their eggs, you will need to make sure you get those every day also.
There are many illnesses that haunt chickens, but as the pet owner you can take action and try to head off these ailments. Yes, you can do several things to prevent illness! Keeping a clean coop is essential in keeping your chickens healthy. You will need to sweep it out and hose it down regularly to be sure the area is as sanitary as it can be.
It is also important to note that having too many chickens can harbor disease and reduce egg production. In addition, having an abundance of chickens can cause unsanitary conditions causing harm to the chickens and anyone working with the animals. So, if you are thinking about pet chickens or having chickens as a part of your farm livestock keep this in mind. You must also make sure the chickens are up on their vaccinations. Like any animal frequent visits to the vet will ensure your chickens are in great health.
But there are times when you have done everything right and your pets or livestock get ill. That is life, and you just have to do whatever you can to aid your animal. There are common illnesses that chickens are susceptible to.
One ailment that is very common in chickens is Infectious Coryza, or also known as “Croup”. Infectious Coryza is a respiratory disease in chickens. It causes foul smells, nasal and eye discharge, breathing problems, mild to severe diarrhea and unusual sounds while breathing.
Thankfully this sickness can be cured before it spreads throughout the chicken coop! Simple antibiotics will cure Infectious Coryza; these medications are available at a vet or farm supply stores. So, if your chickens are showing signs of discomfort or more obvious signs, it would be in your best interest (and theirs) to take them to the vet or ask your farm supply store what they would recommend.
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Eating healthy is not just a hobby. A lot of people tend to jump into chowing down some random kale and flax seed while it is trendy. Once that trend if over, they move on to the next one. Dieting is not going to help you. But, honestly, eating healthy is not the ticket for a healthy life. You need to make a life change. Your eating habits must change in order to be healthy.
Organic foods are incredible for your health and will benefit you, but they are hard to find or are extremely high priced at the grocery. Growing a home garden and knowing exactly where the vegetables are coming from is a great step to a healthy life-style. You also can raise your own animals for protein.
Another easy way to get protein is to raise chickens. Not only, is there protein in chicken but in eggs. Chicken lays eggs every day so, there will be many to sell in addition to your vegetables. You will not only have enough eggs for your family, but also enough to make a small profit.
Selling eggs can be tricky. You will have to know your consumer and where they are. You will have to ask yourself who would benefit from eating organic foods and who wants to buy organic eggs in their diet. Seek out those who do not eat meat, they will need to add protein in their meal plan for energy!
Where is a PRIME place to sell eggs? Selling to family and friends is a good place to start, but in order to make money on your home-grown, organic eggs you will have to expand your business.
Having great advertising in your area to let consumers know organic eggs are available will sky rocket your business. Plus, setting up a booth in your local farmer’s market or your city picnic. Selling eggs can be a successful business once you find a client base.
How do I set up a client base? There are bulletin boards everywhere. You can find them at grocery stores, salons, the bank, even the veterinarian’s office. Make a flashy flyer to hang up in these places with specific, detailed instructions on how to locate and contact you. Word of mouth helps too. Sure, people will want eggs, but if you are a nice person AND have delicious organic eggs, you will likely sell more.
If you are willing to throw some money at this business to give it a jump start you can place an advertisement in a newspaper or online local newspaper. Most certainly, if you are raising chickens you live in the country and it is not uncommon for folks to make their own signs to place out on the highway or even in their home lawn. These signs need to be bright, flashy and to the point. Drivers need to see them as they are driving by at sixty miles an hour.
Many out there, who are striving for a healthy life-style, will seek out organic foods in the area to enhance their diet. But good product, good customer service and advertising will most definitely improve your egg selling business.
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If you’re interested in raising chickens, or currently have a flock but are not sure what to do next, we’ve come up with a very easy list to remember. The ABC’s and 123′s of raising chickens:
A – Always make sure your flock has somewhere to retire to. Whether this is a coop, a nest, etc. your birds need a place they can feel safe in, as well as protect them from the weather.
B – Be observant. Many chicken owners do not have an annual vet check up for their flock, and this is pretty normal. But if you have a flock it’s important you keep an eye out for any sudden or unusual changes. If one of your birds is showing signs of sickness, separate her from the rest of the flock and seek medical attention. Many diseases are very very contagious between birds.
C - Check their water often. One of the easiest and most common ways birds get sick is through nasty, contaminated food and water. When your hens are walking around it’s not uncommon they wind up kicking debris, fecal matter, and other nasty things into their water. Check water often and replace as needed.
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1 – One month your bird will lose all of it’s feathers. Don’t panic – this is called “molting,” and every chicken goes through it. Generally their first fall/spring they will go through the molting process where they lose their feathers as new ones grow.
2 – Two times a day feeding. When you’re first starting out we recommend you feed twice a day in addition to allowing them to free graze on grass, bugs, and other goodies they’ll find in your yard. Once you get more comfortable with your flock and have a hang of things, you can adjust this as needed.
3 – Three or more birds in a flock. Chickens are very social creatures and do better when they’re in a flock. We recommend you have three hens as a “mini” flock, although two birds will works as well.
Happy Friday, everyone!
We hope you’re staying warm during these freezing cold days, and that the recent Winter Storm didn’t affect you too bad! We wanted to send a friendly reminder that your hens need some warmth as well during these cold days. While hens are pretty resilient, especially in the cold weather, they can still get chilly when the temperature drops. Here are a few easy tips you can implement to help keep them warm, healthy, and happy during winter:
- Make sure they have a place to retire to in the evening, such as their coop.
- Insulate your hens coop to help protect against the cold chill. If your coop has the option to close the door, doing so will help to keep the wind out.
- While you may be tempted to install a heater in the coop, most experts advise against this as conditions in the coop are often ideal for causing fires. Plus, if you are not regularly monitoring the heater, you may accidentally cause the coop to be too warm for your hens liking.
- Keep an eye out for frostbite, especially on their feet and combs. While most birds will do just fine in the cold, when temperatures drop below zero the risk for frostbite is greater. Place a cheap thermometer in their coop to keep an eye on the temperature. Vaseline is good protection against frostbite.
- Finally, make sure you monitor the water. You may need to change it more frequently if the weather is freezing, as the water may also freeze! Placing the water in the coop will help it from freezing, but it’s more likely to get dirty as your hens kick about inside the coop.
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Happy New Year!
It’s been a little while since we last updated everyone, and we wanted to take a moment today to tell you about all the new things in the works. We’ve been doing a little “revamp” over here at the farm! We now have a variety of eggs available for purchase right here on the blog. You can grab your own fertilized chicken eggs using the Store tab at the top of the page. In addition, we have our best selling incubators available there as well.
In addition, you can now find us on our new and improved Facebook page as well! We’ll be posting exciting offers, fun images, and more daily on this page. So be sure to check us out to keep up to date with all the happenings over at the farm!
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