Feeding chickens year round without the feed store??
Good day... We have currently come across with issues getting bagged feed for our livestock. There seems to be a shortage... So how do we go about raising animals for eggs and meat while living remotely in the high desert mountains of Idaho? I have always had a practice to keep enough to get us thru a couple months but…
Black Soldier Flies for chicken superfood
I've been exploring raising black soldier flies to feed their larvae to chickens. Apparently very high protein and fat and they eat kitchen scraps, manure, restaurant scraps, coffee, etc. It's exciting but they don't like cold weather so it might not work as well here in Canada as it would in southern places.…
Tips on water/feed systems for chickens
Does anyone have any good ideas or links for water/feed systems for their chicks? My brother-in-law has chickens years ago (he had a great system) but I can’t quite remember well enough to get a good starting point.
Hello all, Has anyone had any success helping a chicken pass a blockage lower on than the crop? My chicken is not eliminating food from her crop, and she definitely has sour crop as a result. It's not a blockage in her crop as it's spongy and has only minimal seeds in it - I can push the seeds through the hole to the…
So Proud of my Rooster
We named him the magnificent Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy and his girls are the Bennet sisters. (If you have read Pride and Prejudice, you will know who these characters are.) He is brilliant, a barred rock with lovely red wattle and crown. And he is particularly gentlemanly - in a roguish way - and in other ways too. Letting the…
Is there a cure for an egg-eating hen?
I have eleven hens laying and some days I have 10 or 11 eggs. Other days when I collect eggs there will be one or two broken open. Since I work, I don't have the option of collecting more than once a day, so I've tried various ways to stop the cannabalism. I got ceramic nest eggs which stopped the issue for a couple days.…
Here are a few myths about eggs. I will add that: •brown eggs are not any more healthy than white. Various breeds lay different colored eggs. •The feed makes the difference between pale & yellow yolks. One of these sites claims that egg yolk color depends on breed too, but I have never run across this as being true in…