Because a rooster has a natural tendency to attack, they often get a bad reputation. My Rhode Island Red rooster named Blaze attacked me for the first, and luckily last, time when he was about 4 months old. A rooster’s job is to protect his flock from predators. So I gave him a pass, once,… Continue reading Why Did My Rooster Attack Me?
Is it time for a chicken coop remodel? If you have built your own chicken coop or if you made one out of an existing structure you have probably wished that you could remodel it. I love the pre-made chicken coops but we couldn’t find an affordable one that was big enough. The first BIG… Continue reading Our Chicken Coop Remodel Promotes Efficiency
Why You Should Raise Mealworms You should raise mealworms to save money, to make money, and to make your chickens LOVE you! When we had our first flock of chickens, they were very spoiled. We sat outside with them. Fed them treats out of our hand every night. Talked to them like they were pets.… Continue reading Why You Should Raise Mealworms
Composting Chicken Poop (Manure) If you have chickens, then you have an abundance of chicken poop. In the interest of getting the most out of everything, I decided to compost the poop to use as fertilizer for the garden. Chicken poop, or manure if you are proper, is full of nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. This… Continue reading Composting Chicken Poop (Manure)
What Size Chicken Coop Do I Need? Picking out your chicken coop doesn’t need to be hard. There are a few questions that you will need to answer to determine what size chicken coop you need. After you have determined a general size, then you can get as creative or stay as practical as you… Continue reading What Size Chicken Coop Do I Need?
Do I Need a Rooster or Can the Hens Take Care of Themselves? Cock-A-Doodle-Do!!! Yes, that is the sound the rooster makes, and it’s not just when the sun rises. Roosters have several positive attributes that make them worth putting up with the 4 am wake up calls. But they also have some negative attributes… Continue reading Do I Need a Rooster or Can the Hens Take Care of Themselves?
How I Failed My Flock By Not Protecting Them From Predators One of the worst feelings I can remember was realizing that I failed at protecting our chickens from predators. The common predators of chickens that always came to mind were coyotes and owls but that’s not what got our chickens. Dogs and Coyotes and… Continue reading How I Failed My Flock By Not Protecting Them From Predators
We’re really going to do this! I never dreamed I would be raising chickens. I can’t recall ever actually seeing a chicken up close before we decided to be the proud caretakers of baby chicks. But everyone says that farm fresh eggs taste so much better than store-bought eggs. We have the space to raise… Continue reading Have Land, Need Chickens
I’ve decided to raise chickens, now what? Those cute little balls of feathers are pretty irresistible and I’m so glad that you are raising baby chicks. But before you box up those chicks and bring them home make sure that you are prepared to give them a safe home to thrive and grow in. You… Continue reading 5 Must Have Items for Raising Chicks