Courtesy iStockphoto/Thinkstock Keep your layer chickens healthy by allowing them to free-range in a safe place on your urban farm. Getting fresh eggs from your backyard isnâ€™t as easy as just plopping a chicken in a coop. To get quality eggsâ€”keep your layer chickens healthy in the processâ€”you need to provide your hens with a […]
Even when we do things right, we must rely on chicken biology for egg production. Consider these things if your flockâ€™s egg production is in decline.
Â Chickens are good at finding places to dust bathe. They will snuggle up between the roots of old trees, lie down in the garden, and fluff their feathers in decomposing mulch. Dust bathing absorbs oil from their skin, and wood ash coats the skin to become a barrier protecting from mite infestations. As a […]
Chickens are spooked easily by sudden changes. Where I live, we havenâ€™t had much of a traditional winter, but last week, the sky fell. In fact, an entire foot of sky piled up around my chicken coop. My dearly departed Red Star Mabel would have trudged through the snow like an Arctic explorer, but since […]
These chicken breeds are excellent foragers, and when allowed to free-range, they’ll do their part to supplement their dietâ€”saving you money on feed.
Have you ever found little mouse droppings peppered throughout your coop beddingâ€”black oval pellets about the size of a grain of rice? Evidence of rodents in your chicken coop can be unnerving, but itâ€™s important to recognize that winter is a hungry time for wild animals. The reward of a warm bed and a full […]