New Chickens for my backyard
I am ordering hatching eggs. I ordered 2 - 18s. This is what is recommended if you want the greatest possibility of 6 hens (some may not be good after transport & the cockerels will make up a fair amount of a hatch and there are always losses in an incubator). I am paying a lot, but the birds in question do demand a high…
Purebred Heritage Poultry - Ask Before You Buy
It is always important to know your heritage breed of interest. Read & study it very well. Exhaust it (haha...that's impossible, but try to do it anyway!). Put a lot of time into knowing poultry and your breed(s) in general. Become that "crazy chicken" person. When you buy/order eggs, chicks or adult birds from someone,…
Incubating for the first time
Any tips? I am using the 1588 hova bator incubator.
Yucca Schidigera Extract
I came across a product for a sweeter smelling chicken coop. It contained the extract Yucca Schidigera. I found a study that claimed that broilers grew better with this additive to their feed. Another study that I read that Japanese quail eggs were larger but had thinner shells. There are other claims that it rebuilds…
Chicken eggs from the absurd to the sublime
We had a severe cold spell a couple of weeks ago and my hens quit laying altogether during that time. Since then we have had beautiful warm, sunny weather so they started up again. Here is a picture of some of them. Apparently one thinks she is still a pullet.
Respiratory Infections in Farm Birds
This article has a comparitive symptom chart that could prove useful. https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
Natural Chicken Keeping
Bookmark this site! This site has extensive & fantastic information for natural poultry keeping. Highly recommended. I hope you like to read!
Coccidiosis: Natural Prevention
You do not need to vaccinate against this nor use medicated feed. I said this elsewhere on TGN, but I believe it is worth repeating so keepers are well informed... The vaccine is known to cause gut/digestive issues, reduce nutrient absorption, negatively affect feed conversion, weakens the immune system, & slows down…
Raising Quail Indoors
I have raised Quail outdoors and indoors and both have their advantages and disadvantages. The advantages of raising Quail indoors for me is security, safety and climate issues. My winters can be brutal and if I feel I should bring my quail in they have to adjust to a new surrounding and will not lay eggs for a bit. I…
Free virtual poultry series hosted by Nutrena feeds
In case anyone is interested. You do have to register for each session separately. Edited to add: The email I received said there are prizes!! " The more meetings you attend, the more prizes you are eligible to receive!"…