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
If you’re looking to increase your flock by adding new chicks, you may want to know how to incubate eggs. Incubating your own eggs is a way to inexpensively increase your flock. I raise heritage breed poultry because we practice natural selection. We’ve found the chicks hatched and raised by their mom’s are better birds. However, some people prefer incubating their own and that’s just fine. Knowing how to incubate eggs properly is essential to those who choose to do it.
Many of those who raise heritage breeds choose to incubate eggs instead of setting a hen. The joy they receive from watching the chicks hatch is important to them, after all a hen will not let you get too close!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
How to recognize and treat coccidiosis
In over 30 years of chicken keeping, I’ve never had to deal with the dreaded coccidiosis in poultry. When it hit my peaceful poultry yard, I was unprepared. The rapid spreading of coccidiosis in poultry is shocking. I was reeling from the voracity of this viscous killer. My desire is to share what I learned with you to prevent your being caught with your pants down like I was.Read More