health

Pros and Cons of Red Ranger Chickens vs. Cornish Cross Chickens
March 25, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

When it comes to choosing which meat chickens to raise, there are several options available. Broilers such as the Cornish Cross chicken and the Red Ranger chicken generally are the most popular as they efficiently and quickly convert their food to meat, while yielding a heavier dressed bird than heritage breeds.

Read More
Buying a Carton of Eggs? Get the Labeling Facts First
March 24, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

As backyard chicken keepers, we normally don’t have to worry about buying a carton of eggs from the store. We have the luxury of walking out to the coop and grabbing fresh eggs to use in our kitchen.

Read More
Meet Mumble: How to Raise Baby Chicks with Special Needs
March 22, 2020 · · Chickens 101, Kids' Corner

Rebekah Stewart of North Somerset, Britain, learned even if you know how to raise baby chicks, sometimes things happen. In May of 2015, five chicks hatched without problems.

Read More
10 Tips for Fermenting Chicken Feed
March 17, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Have you given any thought to how fermenting chicken feed can benefit your flock of backyard chickens? Fermenting is all the rage nowadays, both in people foods (think yogurt, sauerkraut, sourdough bread, buttermilk, kimchi, apple cider vinegar, even beer and wine!) and chicken diets as well, although the process has been used for hundreds of years as a food preservation method.

Read More
Everything Worth Knowing About Chicken Eggs
March 14, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

“It was a brave man who first ate an oyster,” Jonathon Swift said, but the first person to eat an egg must have been even braver. Or very, very hungry. Imagine breaking open an egg, not knowing what you’ll find inside! 

Read More
10 Facts About Ducks: Are Ducks the New Chickens?
February 28, 2020 · · Kids' Corner, Poultry 101

Over the last few years, keeping backyard chickens has become all the rage. Whether it’s wanting to know where their food is coming from, a desire to be more self-sufficient or merely wanting to go back to the basics, chicken coops are popping up in suburban backyards of families all across the country.

Read More
Diatomaceous Earth Uses in Chickens
February 27, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Have you ever wondered about diatomaceous earth uses in poultry? When I first started raising chickens for eggs, I noticed that many poultry people talked about using something that they only referred to as “DE”.

Read More
The Emotional Gauntlet of Raising Meat Chickens & Other Livestock
February 22, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

“You’re raising meat chickens? You horrible, heartless human.”
It’s a constant fight, isn’t it? And there are many sides on the battlefield.

Read More
Cats + Chickens = Toxoplasmosis in Humans?
February 19, 2020 · · Feed & Health

If you have cats and are raising meat chickens, be aware of the potential dangers of toxoplasmosis in humans.

Anyone who has had chickens for more than a few minutes becomes aware of the devastating protozoal disease coccidiosis, which happens wherever chickens are.

Read More
What is Coconut Oil Good For? How About Your Chickens!
February 18, 2020 · · Feed & Health

What is coconut oil good for in your chicken coop? Well, plenty! We started using coconut oil on our homestead a few years ago, and haven’t looked back since.

Read More