Posts Tagged ‘eggs’

Pros and Cons of Free Range Poultry

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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…

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5 Reasons I’m a Chicken Keeper

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Chicken keeping is a natural thing for me as I was raised on a farm, but when someone asked me about my personal reasons for keeping them, I had to stop and wonder. Is it because it’s just something that’s always been or are there more personal beliefs and reasons? The answer is both I suppose. My grandmother had chickens and getting the eggs, feeding them, and helping to butcher them was part of my upbringing. She instilled the love of chickens in me and I’ve stayed in love with these feathered friends for over 30+ of keeping them myself.

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Anatomy of Egg Laying and Egg Abnormalities

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Egg abnormalities occur with almost every breed of hen at some point in her egg laying career. Eggs laid by non-commercially bred hens vary considerably in size, shape, and color and in that mix, egg abnormalities will occur. People who have a small flock with several different breeds of birds can learn to recognize each hens eggs. It’s easier for them to know who’s laying and who isn’t; how often and when; and which hen may be having health issues because of consistent abnormalities. For people like me who have a larger flock, it’s harder to tell and requires us to separate a suspected hen to determine her laying quality and quantity.

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Basic Guide To Feeding Chickens – Part 3

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So here we are in Part 3 of our series, “Basics of Feeding Your Chickens.” Let’s get straight to the topic of supplements in the diet of your chickens. Whether you’re a novice or expert chicken keeper, you can always learn and glean from others so I hope you can learn something or share something with us.

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Top 3 Dual Purpose Poultry Breeds For Your Homestead

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*This is a post from last year that I wanted to reshare due to the many questions I have received this week from readers and people I know locally. I hope you enjoy it and find it helpful.*

We’re farmers for the provision of our food, not as a hobby, so dual purpose poultry breeds are important to us because they produce both meat and eggs. Breed choice is one of those topics that every chicken keeper has definite feelings about. It’s just as important to consider as is the location, style, and construction of your coop and yard. The climate you live in affects your choice, since some breeds do better in colder climates than others. If you don’t want to butcher your chickens for meat, then you wouldn’t be concerned about dual purpose. We try to raise or produce as much for ourselves as we can, so dual purpose birds are our choice.

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