Articles from Mountain Peeps

Ten Reasons You Should Spend Ten Extra Minutes With Your Flock Every Day Let’s be honest: In the summer, when it’s hot and humid, it can sometimes discourage us from spending as much time with our flock as we normally would. However, the summer makes for a great opportunity to spend time with the birds. Spending time with our chickens is healthy for both them and us. In this article, I will be discussing the top ten reasons to spend at least ten extra minutes with your flock each and every...
How to Handle the Ageing Process of Chickens Like any living creature, chickens grow old. They start out as tiny embryos inside an egg and end up as large, clucking birds full of life. Chickens have a life expectancy with 5-8 years being the average. However, some chickens have been known to live past 10 or even 15 years! Throughout these years, chickens will begin to slow down. In this article, you will learn about the natural declining process of a chicken’s life. Deciding what to do...
Information on Molting Chickens Molting refers to the shedding of feathers. It is the natural process of losing and re-growing feathers. Most all birds do it including chickens. Molting is generally, not a pretty sight! In fact, it usually is hard to watch a chicken undergo a rough molt. Every chicken has about 8,500 feathers so losing them all is quite the ordeal! Chickens have two kinds of molts: the juvenile molt and the annual molt. Let’s take a look at when molting happens, how to help...
Information on Chicken Eyesight Chicken eyesight is amazing! They can see better in color than humans, can detect and see light and color shades better than humans, have three eyelids, can move each eye independently and have a 300 degree field of vision without turning their head. How Chickens See Chickens see the same way we do. Light comes in through the cornea and iris and then stimulates nerve endings in the retina at the back of the eyeball. One of the big differences, however,...
DO'S AND DON'T'S FOR WINTERIZING (Photo courtesy of MyPetNugget.) When the cold weather strikes it's up to us to keep our flock safe and warm. Chickens fare better in cold than in heat but this does not mean we don't need to help them through the hard, cold, winter months. There are some very important things to do in order to keep the flock happy and comfortable in the winter. However, there are things that we do wrong sometimes. Below you will read the Do's and Don'ts for winterizing...
How To Tame Chickens from the Start Many chicken keepers these days have friendly, tame flocks of birds they consider to be their pets. People see these chickens and are astonished. Who knew chickens could be such docile creatures? But, have they always been that way? Were they friendly from the day they hatched? Nope! It all depends on how the owner raises them. Taming chickens isn't very hard, but it does require persistence and patience. So how do you get your flock to be affectionate,...
Herbs, Flowers and Weeds for Chickens Chickens are scavengers. Foragers. Omnivores. They eat herbs, flowers and weeds along insects and worms. They dig in the ground for foods they like. If allowed access, chickens will eat greens and bugs every day, all day. It makes us happy to see them happily pecking in the yard. But have you ever thought about what plants they are actually eating? Have you thought that some of these plants might be toxic? Or perhaps some of them have more benefits than...
Does Chicken Keeping Ever Get Boring? Can or does chicken raising ever get dull? I’ve been at this chicken keeping business for years now. I don’t know about you, but when I first began my journey, it seemed as though I couldn’t learn enough about chickens. I read every book about chickens at my local library and purchased twice as many. I talked to fellow chicken raisers, fell in love with the baby chicks in the many YouTube videos I watched every day, I kept notebooks and journals of all...
Grass for Chickens-Taking a look at the natural health benefit provided by this everyday green We all know that fresh grass is good for chickens. However, grass is actually more nutritional to chickens than you may think. First of all, eggs from hens who eat grass will have healthier, darker egg yolks, a better hatch rate and will taste better. Grass also meets all a chicken's protein needs in the form of...
Tips for Successfully Sexing Your Chicks Well, it’s that time of year. The chicks are in, we’ve fallen in love with their adorable appearances and peeping, we realize just how fun they are to keep…and we start asking the age old question: “What gender are my chicks??” Sexing birds is one hundred times harder than sexing most other baby animals. You normally can’t determine them upon birth/hatching but instead must wait many weeks until their gender becomes obvious. In this article, you...
Introducing New Chickens: Using the “See but don’t touch” Method Chicken keeping is addicting. Along the road of your own chicken raising adventure, you are bound to add new chickens to your flock. This cannot and should not be taken lightly. When new chickens are introduced to an old flock that already has an established pecking order, everything will be disrupted and chaos will flow out of the chicken coop. If they appear in the old flock suddenly, the new chickens will be attacked and...
Table Scraps and Leftovers for Chickens Fun fact: chickens like to eat…a lot! Being omnivores, they will happily gobble down most anything you provide them with. This can be very convenient for us when it comes to disposing of our leftover table scraps and other unwanted food. Additionally, feeding table scraps can help cut back on regular chicken feed expenses. Your flock will be quite excited to act as your own personal garbage disposal whenever you need them to. Because of our chickens,...
What a Chicken’s Comb Can Indicate The comb, or the red crown atop a chicken’s head, can indicate many things. But before we look at these things, let’s see what the chicken’s comb’s purpose is. Its primary purpose is to act as a blood circulator. It helps keep the bird cool during hot weather. Vascular flow of the blood runs through the comb to the rest of body, expelling body heat and cooling the bird. Chickens hardy in hot weather will generally have larger combs, whereas chickens bred...
Shopping for your flock can be hard and even stressful. Below I have written some tips on when and where to get your flock. Mail Order Most farmers order their chicks from a hatchery on-line. They do this because they know what to expect and which hatcheries to trust. If you are a beginner, I suggest visiting your local farm store such as JAX, Farm King, or Tractor Supply, to get your chicks. If you decide to mail order, remember these things: Order from a good hatchery, know what breeds...
TOP 10 THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING CHICKENS Lots of times when we get excited about things we jump right into them before even considering what is involved. I know I have certainly done that! Chickens are wonderful animals to keep but they can also be a big problem if you aren't prepared and/or you don't consider what is involved. Below I have listed the top 10 things to think about before raising chickens. If you are interested in keeping...
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