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Sometimes in chicken-keeping, things happen that no one expects. It could be a sudden disease, a squabble between birds causing injuries, or even a predator attack that leaves your birds wounded and weak.
As autumn rolls around, and many of us start thinking about the winter ahead, one question seems to come up more than others: Do my chickens need supplemental heat for the wintertime?
A quarantine period when bringing new birds onto your property can lower the risk of you unknowingly infecting your birds with something nasty, and it's recommended that everyone invest the time into performing a quarantine for new birds.
Heat lamps have been shown to be incredibly unsafe and unhealthy for growing chicks. In this article, I discuss reasons why heat lamps are not ideal, and alternatives that can be used in their place to rear chicks under.
. An Experiment in Chick Sexing Methods We’ve all heard them, those random methods for sexing chicks that sound too far-fetched to be true, the ones that any logical person would chuckle about and brush off. But so many swear by these methods that one has to wonder, could they possibly work? After all, why would they have such a following if they did not work? This year, I have hatched five chicks from my own flock, and I’m expecting 19 more straight run (unsexed) chicks later on in the...
Freema Oh, Freema, where to start? Freema was my girl practically from the start. When she was just a few days old, she began trying to climb up my arm. This soon evolved into her sitting on my hand with the expectation that she would be lifted out of the brooder. Once the chicks were a few weeks old, I could no longer sit by the brooder before Freema was flying out to sit on my lap. Before long, they were old enough to go outside and, though I feared this would cause a rift between Freema...
Little Red Coop (On a Farm Down in Indiana) For years, my birds lived in a tiny, 4x8x4 foot tall coop that was as miserable for us to work with as it was crowded for them. There were so many flaws in this coop that it’s unbelievable how long we put up with it. Worst of all, though, the coop door was left open 24/7 because we just didn’t know any better. This was a tragedy waiting to happen, and sure enough, it did. Early July, 2009, after four years without issues, we had our first predator...
. The Guinea Fowl Boys (and Girls, too!) In the summer of 2009, while I was away out of state overnight, two of my chickens were killed by a predator. Not knowing a thing about them beyond their reputation for being ‘watch dogs’, my family invested in a small brood of four Guinea keets. They grew, progressively getting louder and louder, until they were finally able to move out of the brooder and in with the flock. Unfortunately tragedy struck again, and soon after their move, the lavender...
I am no longer updating this page. For more about Scooter, Vespa, and Frannie, check out this page: The Bantam Flock! Their story... We found out about these swap meets that occur several times over the summer, and thought it would be an easy way to add birds to our flock. My mom went alone the first time and came home with three golden Sebrights, Rose, Martha, and Amy. They were so adorable and so full of life that I couldn't help falling for the little darlings. Knowing this, I went to a...
Frou-Frou The Frou-Frou Bird: A History One fine day in May, 2012, my mom approached me and told me that she had ordered some chicks from Meyer Hatchery, and that if I had any requests I should go look at her order and change it as I pleased. She had ordered two partridge Plymouth Rocks, two speckled Sussex, and the very last pullet available from the blue splash Marans. Knowing I would not have the room in my coop for many more, I decided to just keep that order and see what would come of...
Well, the title is supposed to be 'Kristin's Chickens: Betty'. Not sure why it removed the punctuation, but I guess that's that. Betty Betty joined my flock way back in May of 2011, in an order of Barred Rocks and 'Americanas' from a local hatchery. Though she had several Easter-egger siblings, she always stood out with her big, fluffy beard and her outgoing personality! From early on, I knew Betty was something special. Though the other Easter-eggers were fairly shy, she was always very...
Merlin and the Wyandottes When we went to buy our chicks at TSC in the spring of 2010, they had three bins still occupied. One was filled with all sorts of red sexlinks, along with three little black chicks whose faces were splashed in gold. Another was 'assorted' Rhode Island reds (notice that it said assorted, not straight run?). The last bin held just a single straight run Easter-egger chick, a brown one with no distinct markings in its fluff. I took sympathy on the Easter-egger and,...
. Little Duckies! After a lot of reading and researching on them, I decided to add ducks to my flock in 2014. I knew I didn’t want my ducks to be too much larger than my chickens and Guineas, so I started looking into smaller duck breeds. And then I discovered Call Ducks, the smallest breed of duck, and I knew right then and there that they were the kind for me. My adventure into ducks started off a bit rough. I bought 12+ mixed call duck eggs off of eBay in July of 2014, and 18 eggs...
The Littles A number of events led to me receiving my brood of chicks in 2014. The main thing that had happened was that of the chicks I ordered in 2013, the one that I was most looking forward to getting, the Silver Gray Dorking, did not hatch. And so, for 2014, I had on order a Dorking as well as a Welsummer and two Black Copper Marans from Meyer Hatchery. Since I knew I would be getting chicks in 2014 and I also kind of always wanted some of them, I reserved two Cream Legbar pullets for...
Te Heihei By the end of 2012, I knew I was getting chicks in 2013. I had carefully planned my order, placed it as soon as Meyer Hatchery opened up the 2013 hatch dates, and waited (not-so) patiently for May 13 to arrive so that I could pick up my babies. Things happened and a couple chicks were added to the order, but things went smoothly--save for my Dorking not hatching--and I ended up with a brood of 8 beautiful babies, all of different breeds. Because I have always loved New Zealand and...
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