The ABC’s and 123′s of Raising Chickens

by admin on February 15, 2014

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:

AAlways 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.

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Keeping Warm During Winter

by admin on January 31, 2014

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 & Updates!

January 22, 2014

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 […]

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Do Chickens Have Allergies?

May 21, 2013

Here’s a good question from one of our readers: “Do chickens ever have allergies or sinus problems, similar to us? Just wondering since it’s spring now and my allergies are flaring up. I think one of my hens is suffering from allergies also. She’s occasionally sneezing but is otherwise healthy. Thanks!” The short answer is: […]

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A Tasty Hungarian Dish – Chicken Paprikash

May 13, 2013

This tasty Hungarian dish is great for family time meals or pot lucks. If you’re raising your own food, including chickens, then you’ll certainly enjoy the benefits of healthy and organic food. This dish is definitely one of those dishes that tastes better with organic and fresh ingredients. Creamy and savory, this dish is the […]

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