Articles from Pyxis

A broody hen is the absolute best way to hatch chicks for you and your flock. She will do all the work, she’ll have a better hatch rate than you ever will, and, best of all, no stinky brooders to clean up.
At the beginning of this Fall, I had a problem. Chicken math had set in, and I had gone from my beginning flock of birds that fit snugly in an 8x4 coop to a flock that numbered near thirty (not to mention the ducks, goose, and guineas!). Obviously, I needed a bigger coop. Let me begin by saying I hated my old coop. It was two level, both levels 8' x 4', and the chickens had nesting boxes off the 8' x 4' structure. There was a chicken door and a cleaning door, and I still had an awful time...
Keeping a rooster can be fun and rewarding, and they are often great additions to the flock, and beautiful to boot. However, there is a lot of misinformation floating around about them, and several very persistent myths. So, what's true and what's just plain old misinformation? Myth One: Roosters aren't chickens. This one may sound silly, but it's a common misconception that hens are chickens and roosters are, well, roosters, and not chickens. Of course people know that the hen and the...
This is an explanation of what is happening each day as a chicken embryo develops, complete with candling pictures. The egg I am using is a silver spangled spitzhauben. Definitions you may need: Vitteline membrane: The membrane that surrounds the yolk and separates it from the white Allantois: The allantois is the chick's connection to the chorion. It helps the embryo exchange gases and deal with liquid waste Chorio-allantoic membrane: The chorion and allantois fuse to become this. It is...
This is an assisted hatching guide for all poultry. It will walk you through what you need for and how to do an assisted hatch for all species of poultry, as well as what to do to assist malpositioned babies.
I know what you're thinking, roaches?! Yuck! You mean the things that infest houses and are ridiculously hard to kill? But these are not the cockroaches you are imagining. These are dubia roaches, a tropical species that generally does not reproduce unless they are kept above 90F. So don't fret, if one gets out in your house it won't be breeding unless you keep your house over 90 degrees at all times. They can't fly, and they can't climb glass or plastic, so the odds of one ever escaping...
The Beginner's Guide to Incubation This guide is intended to help people new to incubation learn how to properly incubate and hatch eggs. It will walk you through how to incubate and hatch most common types of poultry, such as chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, etc. Choosing an Incubator Before you can incubate eggs, you'll need an incubator. Which incubator you choose will depend on several factors, such as your budget and how many eggs you need it to be able to hold. To start with, it is...
So you want to hatch yourself some chicks and you’re ready to collect eggs and toss them in the incubator. Wait! There are some things you should know to maximize your success, and get the most out of your hatching eggs. Fertilization First things first, if you want to hatch an egg, it has to be fertile. To ensure fertility, try to keep no more than ten hens per rooster. Any more, and he will have a hard time keeping up with them all! For the best possible fertility rate, keep as many...
Frostbite in chickens is a common problem that has affected my flock and many others. However, there are simple steps you can take to avoid and prevent frostbite, and, in the event that your bird does develop some frostbite, there are ways you can treat it to get it to heal or prevent it from becoming worse. Prevention The best way to deal with frostbite is to prevent it in the first place! Contrary to popular belief, it is not necessarily cold that causes frostbite, although it is...
On a cold day in late March 2013, a small roman tufted gosling arrived at my farm along with an order of bantam chicks. She had a mate, but he died in transit - the fault of the post office leaving them in my mailbox instead of calling upon their arrival, even though they had been warned a week ahead of time that these babies would be coming. Still, she was in good health and very happy to be taken out of the box and placed somewhere warm with food and water. The bantam chicks were too...
Recently my 30 pound hanging feeder broke. I had the metal kind from Tractor Supply and the metal rusted and the hooks that hold the bottom to the top and keep the feeder elevated from the base broke right off, rendering it useless. I of course didn't want to buy another one and spend $20 on a feeder that was only going to last a year and cause me a lot of aggravation in that time by coming apart, rusting, etc, so I decided to create my own. I started by gathering supplies. Here is what you...
My Flock Hello everyone, and welcome to the small corner of BYC dedicated to my flock! Info will be added about each member as I go, so stay tuned! The Egg Layer Flock I have a large flock of egg layers, and there are some standout members. The Buff Orp Girls These girls came to me from a lady that no longer wanted them. She was tired of feeding big dual purpose girls when all she wanted was a flock of lightweight egg producers. So they came to live with me. I can't really tell them...
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