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Plum Crazy Farm

    We have lived on Plum Crazy Farm in Newnan, GA since 1996.  We have 40 acres about 35 minutes south of Atlanta and just love our town. The country music superstar Alan Jackson was born and raised here and has written frequently of Newnan in his songs.   My husband Pat and I have two wonderful sons who seemingly didn't mind not giving up suburban teen packdom for the joys of being raised with horses, chickens, dogs and cats. Keegan is at now LSU and Sean is at UGA.   We decided to add chickens to our family shortly after purchasing our farm in 1996. I... read more

Processing Your Extra Cockerels and Old Hens for the Slow Cooker

Yes, I eat my excess birds.  I feel that this is a fitting end to the good life they have had with me caring for them and treating them very well.  They free range every day, and I know what feed and treats are going into them, so am happy about serving this meat to my family.  It also tastes delicious! I skin the birds as I use them in the slow cooker, so this is the quick version as I don’t pluck feathers.  You can always watch YouTube videos for close-ups of the cleaning techniques, which are tricky to describe.  I have tried to give the general idea... read more

Tractor Coops vs. Permanent Coops: the basics

Permanent coop vs. Tractor: pros and cons With the rise of backyard chicken popularity, many different housing options, both homemade and manufactured, have become available. It is a difficult task to determine which coop would be best for your chickens. However, most coops fit into two categories: tractor style or permanent. Permanent coops are like sheds. They rest on the ground and are cannot be moved easily. In contrast, tractor-style coops are designed to be portable so they can be transported throughout a pasture area. Both tractor and permanent coops come in... read more

Hints for Incubation -> BEFORE You Set <-

  Here are a few hints that I've given in previous group hatches, some for those new to incubating, others just asides:  *BY FAR the best thing you can do prior to setting is to be certain your hens are getting good vitamins and minerals. I can't stress it enough! Fresh Kale, Chard and spinach are fabulous treats, and I would also suggest salmon and tuna in the egg-collection week. I supplement my feed with fish meal, and I use an organic nutrient supplement (Fertrell's NutriBalancer) to assure proper vitamins and minerals in the feed. I use Molasses for... read more

I NEED HELP ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok, my name Kristina I am a first time owner of chickens. I have nine chickens all around two months of age. They are wonderful birds, they seem to grow more and more every night. I have a mixture of breeds, RhodeIsland Reds to yellow,red and black sex-linked. I love them all! I live on a farm with around 110 acer's, the chicken coop is more like a chicken palace, it huge, complete with a chicken run to match. On warm days we let them roam around or yard and garden, we also have three dogs, one is really good and doesn't mind the chickens, the other two given the... read more

BeakHouse Breeder Recipe by ChooksChick

  Beak House Breeder Feed This is a variant of the recipe I use for feeding my breeding flocks. I augment it with fig nuggets, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, raisins, currants, and various seeds or nuts that are appropriate and affordable. I use cinnamon, turmeric, cayenne (or crushed red pepper), and dehydrated vegetables when affordable. I also add 5# of milk replacer (kid formula is great) to help the fine items bind to the seeds with the molasses. I add a bit of oregano and rosemary oil sometimes, and dehydrated minced garlic.    I take many of the items... read more

ChooksChick's Incubation Cheat Sheet

        ChooksChick's Henthusiasts' Still-Air Styrofoam Incubation Cheat-Sheet   ***The first, most important rule is: get the temp right with an empty incubator, and make sure it's stable for 48 hours- without the plugs, without you touching it- BEFORE you add eggs.***     This is the hardest part, and if you can be good and do it, you have a much better shot at success. Do it before you order eggs, even. That gives you time to get it perfect.   You can get a dimmer knob or a replacement stove knob (or knob off a box fan, etc.) to superglue to your... read more

ChooksChick's Hints for Henthusiasts

   Incubation Cheat Sheet  Links      Chicken Column  Feed Recipe  Twitter      Facebook     Hatching Dark Eggs EZ Affordable Heated H2O        Keeping Flocks Cool  Ordinance Info      Hatching Eggs Sales  Illness Cheat Sheet       First Flock  ... read more

Hatching Dark Eggs

  Hatching dark eggs can be very iffy, and a lot of people experience difficulty with them, particularly when the eggs were shipped.   I sand my eggs when they are shipped, especially when they are VERY dark.   I only sand until I'm just through the color, and then I mist the eggs with a betadine-water dilution the color of iced tea. This covers the contamination that could occur now that I've removed the bloom.   The idea is to promote evaporation to allow the chick to grow smaller than it would if it contained all of the moisture from the start. Chicks... read more

KitchenChick's birds

      1.  welsummer, Lowell/Barbar lines,  4 hens, 1 pullet and lost the wellie rooster pictured.       2.  lemon cuckoo orpingtons, Middleton lines,  1 hen and 1 roo         3. light Sussex, Dinger and Bradshaw lines, 2 hens and 1 roo         4.  birchen marans, Davis lines,   3 birchen hens, 2 pullets, and 2 birchen roos.  will possibly split into 2 pens or cull accordingly.     5. black copper marans, Wade and Davis lines,  5 hens and one roo.             6.guineas,  mixed color pen, lavender, pearl, slate, dundotte, and royal... read more

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