Articles from BantyChooks

Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE or Teflon) is a substance used to coat shatterproof heat lamps that gives off toxic particulates at high temperatures.
Welcome to my article about chicken photography. I'm going to attempt to explain some basic methods of photography and setting up shots, as well as photo editing after the fact. I'm afraid there won't be much on manual camera settings in here, as I'm useless at that—maybe I'll add some information on it when I've figured it out myself. There are no hard-and-fast rules for photography. I encourage you to play around with everything mentioned here and more. I have broken every "rule"...
After becoming dissatisfied with my Little Giant's propensity to temperature swings and other assorted nastiness, I went on the market for a new incubator. I wanted something of a medium size that was cheap and reliable. Unfortunately, I discovered that finding all three of those in the average commercial incubator was about as easy as hatching a double yolker egg—if not harder! I found a few hovabator models that seemed to fit the bill somewhat, but they were still $150 or more and were...
This page is in memory of two of my much loved Welsh Harlequin ducks, killed in a mink attack at the end of December. There was one survivor, who is currently in my basement. I don't know if she'll make it or not. ETA: she made it six months before giving up the fight. R.I.P. Tucson, Chrissy, and Heather.... you were my favourite little rays of sunshine.
This is a work in progress, please be patient. How to Candle Eggs There are two different ways to effectively candle eggs. One pertains to shipped eggs with air cell damage and the other to non-shipped eggs. Shipped Eggs: Always keep the eggs air cell end up. It's best to leave them in an egg carton if you can. Put the light source on the air cell, not the bottom end or you will be able to see very little. Do not turn or rotate the egg, move the flashlight around it. This goes for other...
Weasel Least weasel (Mustela nivalis) Photo credit - Kevin Law General Information and Description Three species of weasels can be found in North America and Canada. The long tailed weasel (Mustela frenata), which measures up to 24 inches (61 cm) in length; the short-tailed weasel (Mustela erminea), which measures up to 13 inches (33cm) long; and the least weasel (Mustela nivalis), which measures only 7 to 8 inches (18 to 20cm) long. The least weasel is often mistaken for a baby, because...
This is a personal account of my experiences with frostbite. *Warning for those with weak stomachs—graphic images ahead* I live pretty far north, where frostbite is constantly lurking around the corner. The best thing you can do to prevent it is open up the coop. It seems counterintuitive but little else is going to work. For temperatures in the neighbourhood of 0*F or below you probably want to close up some ventilation to keep drafts away from your birds, but DON'T seal the coop up...
A disclaimer: this is in no way meant to be taken as a be-all and end-all to raising cockerels. This is what works best for me in my situation with my coop and my flock. I spent too long paying attention to what other people told me to do rather than what common sense kept pushing me towards, so my aim with this article is mostly to make you use your brain and come up with something that works for you. There are an almost infinite number of variables to this topic and experiencing all of...
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