Category: Chickens

To Bee or Not to Bee?? Spring Update 2016

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There’s something about taking a big loss that makes you step back and think about what you’re really doing with your life.  We had a rough fall when we lost our honey bees and chickens, and there wasn’t much that…

Nesting Boxes and BAD NEWS

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I’ll start off with the good stuff.  My son and I added nesting boxes to our chicken coop!  This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while since this coop didn’t have a separate nesting area where the eggs…

Chicken Straitjacket

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Doing vet care on chickens that don’t like to be held is a real challenge.  Most of our hens didn’t get handled much before they came to live with us, so this has been an ongoing challenge whenever they need…

Wing Clipping

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“Dang, foiled again.” …is probably what my hens are muttering today.  Three of them were letting themselves in and out of the chicken run every day by flying over the gate.  I guess the grass really is greener on the…

Spill-proof Chicken Waterer

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If you have any experience at all with raising chicks in a brooder, you are probably familiar with the messes the little darlings make — spilled food, spilled water, dust everywhere, etc.  I don’t claim to have all the solutions,…

Chick Pen Grand Tour

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The chicks are here!  A few days ago, we picked up some super-cute chicks and we didn’t even need any good pick-up lines.  We brought them back to the crib…literally.  No need to go buy some fancy shmancy brooding thingy…

Easy Automatic Chicken Feeder

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It’s official.  We have outgrown our small, homemade chicken feeder.  It has served us (and our hens) well, but it’s time to upgrade to something bigger.  If you would like simple instructions for the ice cream bucket version, click HERE.…

Garden, Bees, Hens, & Thieves

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What a crazy-busy fall we have had around here!  Sports, marching band, sick kids, church stuff, and work — whew!  I managed to sneak in a fall update for you on a few other things.  For starters, our garden is…

How to Freeze Eggs

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Having too many eggs in your house isn’t a common problem unless you have a coop full of chickens.  Let’s face it, everybody gets tired of eating eggs every day despite the thousands of ways to prepare them.  But that’s…

Preparing Chickens for Winter

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Chickens are a very easy animal to keep and tend to, especially for those looking to try their hand at hobby farming.  The basic needs of chickens are a fresh supply of water, food, and shelter.  Those needs don’t change…

Egg Holder

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I recently learned that eggs from my hens can be kept out of the fridge, at room temperature, for quite some time compared to eggs bought at the grocery store.  If coated in oil, they can stay good for a…

Chicken Feeder DIY

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Are you a new chicken owner and need a feeder?  Or just need to replace an old feeder?  This is what I made for our chickens for free.  It consists of a 5-quart ice cream bucket w/lid, a frisbee, and…