Articles from Red Barn Farms

This is the time of year when your chickens will need more special attention. Chickens have a much higher body temperature than you or I and will generally feel that rise in heat faster then we will. The average body temperature for a chicken normally will run at 102-103 degrees F. Their heart rate is normally 280-315 beats per minute. Another fact is a rooster will take around 18-20 breaths per minute while a hens is 30-35 breaths per minute. The average life span for an egg...
My chickens live in their 'hen house' and go into the run area normally only in the early morning hours then again at dusk about an hour before it's roost time. Plus, they free range in the afternoon most evenings. I used a 70% sun blocking cover (from TSC) for the roof which allow plenty of ventilation . The ground for my run area will get wet but it has very good drainage and built on a slight incline so I have no problem with standing stagnant water, etc. The runs ground is a...
Golden Campine Created by Red Barn Farms Breed Information, Comments, and Experience with breed: The Campine is a breed of chicken originating in Belgium's Campine region. They are a fairly small breed in Silver and Gold varieties, with solid white or golden hackles and iridescent black-green barred bodies. Hens and roosters are nearly identical in feather coloration. They will lay a fair number of white-shelled eggs, but are largely kept for showing today. The Campine's head and neck...
Our Handmade Wooden Chicken Grit / Feeder Multi - purpose feeder! May be used for feed, grit or even oyster shell. This project was started due do the fact we have standard and bantam sized chickens and needed a smaller feeder to be used in the bantams coop. So, we ran an internet search looking at all the various types of feeders and came up with this simple design using scrap lumber left over from previous...
Items I'd like to swap for hatching eggs and or young chicks. (live chicks preferred since my incubator seems to be on the fritz) If you see anything you like get with me and lets swap. I am looking for: Heritage Heavy Breed hatching eggs (and lives) including Blk Copper Marans, Cochin's, frizzes and silkies. Especially interested in anyone who has SQ Golden Laced Cochin's. Let me know what you have to offer and what you'd like to swap them for. Below are a few of the items I...
We want to take this time to share a few of our family favorite recipes. These recipes have been handed down from generation to generation. Some are Friday night hurry and rush favorites all the way to Thanksgiving Day dishes. We hope you want to try a few of the recipes we are presenting here and they fast become your family favorites as well. We have scanned these from the original recipes which were copied onto index cards. If you try any and like them please leave a comment and let...
After being a member of BackYard Chickens for the past six months and reading thread after thread in all the various topics and subjects until I've needed toothpicks to hold my eye lids open and endless amounts of coffee plus hundreds of other web sites on the subject of poultry I've decided to post what I consider to be the top 10 most commonly asked questions. Am I a chicken expert? Not in the least! So you might ask what qualifies me to be giving others answers on chickens. First, I...
Red Barn Farms First Flock It all started Easter weekend. We were in our local town looking for an Easter present. Most people buy flowers for their mothers on Easter but my mom loves collecting those pretty little bird houses and has them sitting all around her kitchen. Believe me, they are hard to find. Well, in our small town anyway. We ended up at the local farm supply store. They had some! While looking at the different styles of houses I could hear a sound coming from the...
My chickens free range in the late afternoon and they will take a break and fly up and rest on the new roost. I had several wild grapevines growing and it was either cut them down or use them to my best advantage. So I came up with this idea. The roost sits next to a giant tree and now provides a nice shady location for my chickens to take a break in the afternoon. I wrapped the vines around the branches so they will grow more uniformly and will make it easier for me to keep pruned. I...
We started raising chickens the week of Easter 2012 and have never looked back! We were in our local farm supply store looking around when we heard some cute little chirping sounds coming from the center of the store. They had four metal water troughs set up and each held about 100 baby chicks. All of the babies were so adorable! We left the store with two boxes containing six red sex-links, four buff orpingtons and four assorted bantams. Our flock has grown considerably since that early...
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