Caring for your mail order chicks is very different from setting your own hens. But it doesn’t have to be intimidating. I once read, “It’s important to distinguish between the ideal and the good enough reality of doing things.” Of course there’s an ideal way to do things, usually involving more money than most of us want to spend. The old-timers would often put their chicks by the wood stove in a galvanized tub to warm them. So as my grandfather would say, “There’s as many ways of gettin’ a farm job done as there’s farmers….”Read More
For many new chicken keepers, choosing the best chicken feed for their flock is a hard decision. There are so many options out there. Since we are what our animals eat, it’s important to us to feed them as healthy a diet as possible.
Even though we live as natural and healthy a life as we can in our modern world, avoiding all the toxins is simply impossible. We live and farm pretty much the way my grandparents did with a little modern tuneup, but they didn’t need to worry about the food supply as we do.Read More
Feeding chickens… I get more questions on this subject than any other related to homesteading. When you’re born and raised on the farm things like this are second nature to you. To inexperienced or new chicken keepers, these questions can be overwhelming.
There’s so much information out there, how do you sift through it all? That’s where I come in. We’ll answer the questions I receive most often about feeding chickens and hopefully take all the apprehension away.Read More
I get asked this question more often than I would like, “What can I do to help my egg bound hen?” It’s becoming more common since GMO feed is the industry standard. This is not a post about GMO crops, however, poor feed is one of the leading causes of egg binding.
My Granny didn’t feed much grain and when she did, it was corn. I was an adult the first time she had to deal with an egg bound hen. Her hen actually died. She had never experienced or even heard of such a thing and didn’t know what the problem was.
Let’s discuss the symptoms, prevention, and treatments to help your egg bound hen.Read More
You asked me and I answered, “What should I not feed my chickens?” The list of what we shouldn’t feed our chickens isn’t long so don’t worry about having to try to remember all sorts of things. Most of them are probably common sense. If you have a question for me, just let me know.…Read More