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A quick disclaimer: Please research your county/city ordinances and all applicable tax codes before creating your own backyard sales plan. Every year, they pop up like little beacons of an early spring - you've seen them, in fact, you may even own one: a fold-out sign advertising that your hens are back in business! "Eggs for Sale!" "Farm Fresh Eggs Sold Here!" Or, as one of our neighbors down the street puts it "Range Eggs $4.50" - I have a sneaking suspicion she doesn't call them "Free...
There really could not have been a worse scenario for the first death we experienced in our backyard flock. Prior to owning chickens, I had read and understood the risks ā€“ the fact that just about everything eats chicken, that predators fall from the sky, come creeping out from behind every bush, and wag their gleeful tails while moments later wreaking carnage on beloved hens. I also knew, at some point, even I would be eating the birds I raised by hand. Iā€™m an educator ā€“ I taught the food...
There's that question!! It's at the end of every order for chicks purchased from a hatchery, and even from some small hobby farms. The Marek's vaccination? Should I get it? What, exactly, is it? Do my chicks really need it? Will it harm them? Why do I have to decide before I get my chicks? The first time I ordered chicks from a hatchery, I was already so astounded by the fact that I had to order so many chicks and pay so much for shipping, that the idea of tacking on even one more...
It had been a long day. It began at 1a.m. with the sound of a new baby - a lone, first baby in the incubator. You know, that particular cry that seems to say, "I'm wet, I'm tired! I want my mamma!!!!" It's such a heartbreaking sight to watch that first little hatchling wander around the incubator, looking for comfort! So, I was awake; chatting with the little fellow through the window, and then, finally, watching subsequent hatches take place all day. No matter how many hatches I've seen, I...
It's an art! It's a science! Haha, I'd say it's about 90% just plain luck! Here is a short photo journal of attempting to get our NYD hatch of Bielefelders to take a perfect photo! 1. Pick the perfect backdrop - ah yes, New Years calls for sparkles, candles and - what the heck, throw some grape vines on there. 2. Run a test subject. Mild mannered Buffy (Probably the most original name for a BO, don't you think?) will do the job - once she realizes that sadly, the backdrop is not edible....
"Hey, Kathy, I'm in the feed store - can you hear them in the background? Here, listen..... they just got a shipment of chicks! They're so cute!" "No. No, we are not getting chickens." "We still have the coop - it probably just needs cleaned up and repaired a little." "No! When would we possibly have time for them? Especially when they're little - no one is ever home!" "There are these really fun looking ones that - -" "No. Sorry babe, I just can't do it." There was a time when I...
Our sweet neighbor said it correctly, "You know, when you name a chicken "Bratt," you will probably have some trouble with her!" Let's back up and put that statement into context. At the moment it was made, I was desperately trying to herd this not-so-little Speckled Sussex pullet off our neighbor's property! For the third time that day (and, what wouldn't be her last), Bratt had flown over our fence. Her first foray into the "wild front yard" came at about 9:00AM, when I was out...
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