Traditionally, there have been two schools of thought on the pros and cons of free-range poultry. The first is totally free-range freedom. This usually means an evening feeding of grain or other treat is used to lure the flock back to the coop for roosting. The other school of thought has been no free range…Read More
I suppose for any homesteader or farmer, illness in our flocks and herds causes us the most self-doubt relating to our knowledge and skills. There are five poultry diseases commonly encountered by backyard chicken keepers which I’d like to share with you. Sadly, many vets don’t treat diseases in poultry. Poultry is viewed as…Read More
An attacking rooster is something you will experience if you keep chickens, unless you don’t have roosters. I don’t know about you, but even though I’m bigger than him, there is something so intimidating about a rooster who comes out of nowhere and spurs me or even tries to. My oldest…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
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