Articles from Dancing With Chickens

Ok, I know I'm a little late on the herb plating situation, but at least you know where to visit next spring! If you're like me and live in a warm climate, then there's still a chance to plant herbs. I know I'm still plating! Growing herbs is pretty easy, you just need the right amount of sunlight water, and a place to plant them. Not only are they easy, but they're perfect for making herbal teas, using in cooking, and for your chickens! They have amazing health benefits for humans and...
You heard it right, chickens love oatmeal, so why not mix them up a batch or make a little extra for them? It's healthy, nutritious, and they love it! So, here's my go-to recipe for the best chicken oatmeal that I came up with just for all your chickens :) What do I use? I use old-fashioned oats, along with spices of my choice. Believe it or not, spices are really good for chickens. I use basic spices such as cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, black pepper, and garlic powder if you don't add it...
Getting new fluffy chicks in the mail or older chickens is always exciting. For one, more chickens, and two, new egg colors to add to your Easter basket, but what if your favorite out the bunch decides to go cockle-doodle-do? Even though most hatcheries have a 90% guarantee, sometimes they make a goof. Or if you decide to take the risk and buy from a chicken swap or your neighbor, you don't know if it's a rooster. Here's some of my tips I use in making sure all my chickens are really hens...
Winter is coming around the corner, and the field mice and other rodents are looking for a nice, warm home with food to live in. Boom! They spot a chicken coop, stocked with food and warm straw for the winter, and just like that you have a rodent problem. Mice and rodents aren't good to have hanging around your chickens as they carry diseases and can really wreck your coop and your chicken's food and water. It's best to do your best efforts and your coop and run rodent free, and here's a...
Crop issues of any kind are definitely one of the last things any chicken keeper wants to deal with, and I've had to deal with a case of impacted crop before. It wasn't fun. Treatment can prove to be difficult, and in my opinion, preventive measures are much easier. Trust me, any kind of preventive measure will go a long way. Now for different kinds of crop issues, there's three main ones you hear about all the time. Impacted Crop, Sour Crop, and Pendulous Crop. Each one is different from...
I've never had any health issues with chicks other than two that passes the first couple of days I had them. I think it's something they were born with, as I couldn't find anything online of what it could be. The seven remaining I have now are the healthiest and most friendly flock I've ever had, and I want to make your experience with chickens awesome as well! For more details, check out other forms here on BYC. Anyways, let's get started! I give my chicks medicated starter-grower to...
We all know that chickens can get sick very easily, rather that be from dust or a wild bird who passes by and spreads an illness, they can get sick. A few years ago I had a flock of Rhode Island Reds I bought with the house I moved into, and they all got sick with a respiratory illness and I had to put them all down as it kept coming back. Since then I've made a vow to myself that I would never let that happen again, and I do have to say, I think my chickens are thanking me. I always make...
It's close to that time of year again when your chickens may start to molt. I've seen a lot of people on Backyard Chicken posting threads about their chickens losing feathers, asking if was an illness, but it's much simpler. By looking at the pictures, I could see that the chickens were molting. Molting occurs once a year, and it occurs so your chickens can grow new feathers for the winter to replace the old, nasty ones. Normally, chickens will molt either in late summer/ fall, or even in...
Fall is coming around the corner, meaning feed stores and hatcheries will be stocking up on chicks, and it's important to choose the right kind of breeds for where you live. I live down in NC, meaning it's super hot all summer, and sometimes it can get cold during the winter, so I try to have a mix of cold and heat hardy breeds, though most of the time my final choice depends on which breeds I really want. So here's a list of cold-hardy chicken breeds to help with your decision, hope you...
Cleaning the coop is defiantly a time-consuming chore that normally isn't much fun. You get all sweaty raking out old bedding and putting down the new, but it's all worth it, right? I think that cleaning out your coop often is important for the overall health of your flock, as it prevents the buildup of ammonia from chicken poop. There's also plenty of products out there that will make the cleaning of your coop easier, and make the end result much better. So, let's head down to the coop and...
As we know, there's not much study done on anything in the chicken world. Since commercial egg farms and meat birds never need a treatment for disease, no one has found the need to spend millions of dollars on a study just to satisfy us backyard flock keepers. Listening to old advice from early chicken keepers, along with staying up to date on the new things is where I learn from, not much so a commercial company. Of course I read up on studies done by vets, but even through all of that, I...
Believe it or not, winter is already here for some, while others are just now starting to feel the cooler temperatures. Although most chickens are cold hardy, it is important to prep your chickens for the cooler temperatures so that way any possibility of frostbite is lower and you don't have to worry about your birds getting to cold. Here's some good tips to keep your birds from getting cold this winter that are safe and effective! Treats Chickens love their treats, no doubt about that,...
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