Articles from mymilliefleur

For some of us sand and concrete are just too expensive, stressful, and a big commitment, But there are other alternatives, some coming at no cost. This time of year especially, good clean bedding is a must. In this two part series I will be covering bedding, different types, maintaining it, and Keeping it dry and healthy and fresh. Here are the materials I have used. Bedding types: Straw Pros: Readily available, easy to fork up afterward, makes great compost later on. Cons: Can be hard...
Every chicken owner wants something from his or her flock. Meat, eggs, companionship, exhibition, breeding, etc. Some people are very set on having friendly chickens with affectionate personalities. Below, we have written about 10 breeds that are known for their docile dispositions. Silkie Eggs: Small, white and very often broody Weight: Bantam; males, 26 oz. / hens, 32 oz. Features: Walnut comb; black, white, partridge, buff, gray and blue are the recognized color varieties The Silkie is...
If you have only a few birds, it can be devastating to lose one. Even if you have a large flock, it is still unfortunate to lose a bird, especially if you could have prevented it with a little extra care. There are many hazards that can seriously injure, or be potentially deadly to your birds, such as predators, decease, etc. But it is the small things that we tend to over look. Things such as improperly secured heat lamps, moldy feed, and broken glass, can be a lot more serious than you...
Clean, healthy bedding is the key to having healthy birds, especially in the winter. Poorly maintained bedding can lead to many health issues such as respiratory problems, mite/lice infestations, etc.
Spring is here, and everything is starting to green up and grow. You've probably have noticed a lot of plants and weeds coming up in your garden, lawn, and around your house. Your first urge may be to bring out the pesticide sprayer, but these ''weeds'' are excellent for your flock, and not only that, you can eat most of them your self! Here are a few common edible plants for you and your flock: Henbit Chickens, and other poultry love Henbit, hence it's name. This is one of the first plants...
If you ask any poultry keeper, they will probably give you a list of things they would have done differently. Everyone has made mistakes at one point or another, some of them are harmless, but others can lead to your birds getting seriously injured, or even killed. Hopefully you can learn from some of these common mistakes, and prevent them from happening to you. Not noticing a sick bird in time It is very important to observe your birds everyday so that in case you have a sick or injured...
Whether you have had chickens for a while and are getting ready to add other livestock to the farm, are just getting ready to add chickens to your farm, or simply worried about introducing chickens to your other pets, you be wondering, will other animals get along just fine with my chickens? Are there any benefits or draw back to raising other animals along with my chickens? Chickens are amazing versatile, and generally get along just fine with other live stock, but it is not always that...
Welcome to my flock page! I have been raising them since 2005. They are one of my favorite bantams breeds, and sweet docile birds, great pets, and good mamas. My flock consists of: Gizmo Gizmo was hatched by one of my Game hens in spring 2013. Despite being raised by natural incubation, he is very tame and docile and enjoys being held. Gizmo is my top rooster, and doesn't mind letting other roosters know this. Even if they are double his size! Gizmo enjoys eating treats, being petted,...
There are a lot of chicken myths out there. But are they all true? let's look at some common and not so common myths and see which are true and which are false. Blue and green eggs are more nutritious then brown or white eggs. False: The shell color has nothing to do with the nutritional quality of the egg. Since colored eggs are rarely fond in stores, it is generally assumed that, since they usually come from small flocks, the eggs are better then the regular brown or white eggs that come...
A Guide To Understanding The Differences. There are Ameraucanas, Araucanas, Easter Eggers, and Olive Eggers, but aren't they basically the same thing? Well for starters, to call those four the same, would be like calling Rhode island reds, Barred rocks, Barnyard mixes, and Black sex links the same breed because they all lay brown eggs. So whats the difference? Well lets look at each breed. Ameraucanas Ameraucanas were recognized by the American standard of perfection in 1984. They come...
Read along as I raise a batch of spring chicks! Note: I realized that the tittle might be confusing since the term ''raising chicks naturally'' usually refers to raising chicks the old fashion way with a mother hen. In this case it refers to artificially raising incubator chicks with more natural methods. I will try to keep this page updated every day or so (hopefully), on my progress raising this batch of chicks. Hopefully you will be able to pick up a few tips along the way. :-) These...
A Guide To Understanding Egg Carton Labeling Have you ever wondered what all those egg carton labels mean? You may find your self in front of the super markets egg case especially this time of year when your own hens egg production may be down do to decreased day light, cold weather, etc. As you may well know, there are many egg choices available such as cage free, free range, organic, natural, etc. Here is a quick guide to help you understand egg carton labeling claims. Cage Free Birds...
This page is old, click here for the updated version: [URL]https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-flock-of-mille-fleur-belgian-bearded-duccles[/URL] This is my flock of Millie Fleur Belgian Bearded d'Uccles. I have been raising them since 2005. They are very sweet docile birds, and good mamas. My flock consists of: Gizmo Gizmo was hatched by one of my Game hens in spring 2013. Despite being raised by natural incubation, he is very tame and docile and enjoys being held. Gizmo is my top rooster, and...
There is no doubt that purchasing birds form a good breeder is far better than getting chicks from a large commercial hatchery, but though there are a lot of very good breeders with very high quality birds, there are some that ether are not knowledgeable about the birds they raise, or just plain deceptive about the birds they are selling. Using a little common sense and taking a few precautions can insure you have a good experience buying birds from a breeder. Here are a few helpful tips:...
Watching chickens dust bathing is a very interesting, not to mention funny sight. It's also very important for their health and well being. Chickens (and turkeys) dust bathe every 2-3 days generally, less if it rains or is especially cold. During the winter when the temperature drops and it is wet and/or snowing It is often hard for them to find a place to dust as most of your birds will be hiding out in the coop. One myth is that chickens only dust bathe in the spring or summer when the...
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