Free ranging chickens is great, but what about those free range chickens that live where winter hits hard? If you have a small flock, it’s easy enough to shovel a small area for the chickens to graze. However, the larger your flock is, the harder the task of supplying adequate space becomes. What can you do to provide outdoor areas?
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.
I got an email from a friend of mine who was worried about her hens. She was concerned that they looked disheveled and had stopped laying. I asked her to investigate further, but with 18 month old chickens in the fall, I was hedging my bets that her birds had stopped laying for the most prevalent reason laying hens stop laying.
Roosters may show aggression towards people for a variety of reasons. Sometimes they perceive you as a threat and they are trying to protect their flock. Other times they want to dominate you so they can be at the top of the pecking order. Occasionally, your rooster will just feel like being a jerk.
Winter is on its way here in Maine. It may have already arrived for my friends further up north. Just this morning there was a layer of ice on the outdoor water buckets. I’m not ready yet. Are you? Being ready for winter makes the experience a bit more bearable. Here are some tips to get you started.
We all know that farm fresh eggs look and taste better, but have you ever wondered why farm yolks are so dark? Does a blood spot mean it’s fertile? Does the shell color change the flavor? Discover the answers to these frequently asked questions about farm fresh eggs.
Last week we brought you The Anatomy of Egg Color and it was a huge hit. Now we’re back for more. Remember how we talked about the core color of every egg being white or blue? Remember that brown coloring is merely a paint added to the shell? That knowledge is going to help us play artist and create awesome colors.