Only you can decide the best route to adding to your flock, but don’t think getting chicks is your only option. Here on The 104 Homestead, we hatch out several dozen chicks and ducklings each year, but add only established birds to our flock. We enjoy the fuzzy chicks and make a profit from them, but raise only older birds. It’s the best of both worlds for us.
Raising backyard chickens is easy, but be warned, they are a gateway animal. You'll start with just a couple of chickens and before you know it you've got a flock large enough to produce eggs for the whole neighborhood. That leads to the acquisition of ducks. Then it's goats.
Chickens really are a great starter animal, though. They are low-maintenance and fairly low-cost. Learn how to raise backyard chickens with these articles. Remember, healthy and happy chickens lay the most delicious eggs.
Today we are going to talk about selecting a broody hen and getting an incubator setup properly, as well as how to care for your eggs up to the day you set them. Verify that your broody is prepared and checking that your incubator responds when you adjust it, you’ll want things ready ahead of time. Now is not the time to rush.
Today I’m sharing with you a funny homesteading story. This is the type of thing you can’t make up. I went out to collect eggs one morning and one of my hens was injured. It seemed like she got cornered and attacked in a nest box and then there was a free-for-all. After 20 minutes I finally caught her (after catching the wrong leghorn twice).
I am often asked by readers and local chicken keepers if chickens get colds. That is a great question and one I found myself wondering when I first began keeping chickens. I introduced you to my avian Veterinarian friend briefly in my book, Chicken Hot Topics, but today I’d like to give you his full answer to that question.
When it comes to bringing chicks into the world, there are two different methods to choose from. You can use an incubator or you can use a broody hen. Lets discuss the pros and cons of each. Plus, is it possible to make a hen go broody? The answer might surprise you.
When adding chickens to your established flock you will frequently hear people stressing the importance of quarantining the new birds. If you are anything like me, it’s easy to think of reasons why this isn’t important. The ever famous “it wont happen to me”. Guess what? Given enough chances it WILL happen to you.