Different times of the year bring different challenges for a free-ranging flock, so check out these tips for foraging a flock through the changing seasons.
Because cats are carnivorous predators, itâ€™s common to wonder if a neighborhood cat or stray will leap over your fence and attack your laying hens. But are cats really that dangerous? Stray Cat Strut While my first flock was still quite youngâ€”feathered out but not layingâ€”a neighborhood cat would come by to stalk my birds. […]
Last week, when Iâ€™d take the chicks outside to their makeshift playpenâ€”a 4-by-8-foot rabbit guard fence we built to keep the hens out of a raised garden bedâ€”the chicks were afraid of the big world, snuggling up together in a corner or trying to escape. Yesterday, though, I saw a sudden change in their behavior. […]