The Swedish Flower Hens are of mixed origin. As our world became larger through exploration; conquerors and explorers brought chickens along on their voyages for the eggs and meat source. As they made port in distant lands, they released the remaining chickens and gathered fresh ones to continue their voyages. As a result, those chickens adapted to the new lands and intermingled with other chickens, creating entirely new breeds, without the intervention of man. [Read more…]
Whether you have an established farm or are considering adding poultry to you backyard homestead, I have a breed just for you. I have several recommendations. However, I have found a special love for Orpingtons and especially our new Lavender Orpingtons. [Read more…]
Dealing with Rooster Spurs
Roosters Spurs are something you are going to have to deal with if you buy baby chicks! If you have bought chicks you most likely have a rooster. Whether you decide to keep him or not is totally up to you!
If you do keep a rooster or two you will need to know a few things about them first!
As a young cockerel ages he may begin to fight with the other boys in the flock. If that happens it is usually nothing to worry about and is actually better to let them get things settled while they are still smaller and weaker. If you prevent them from fighting at a young age they will do even more damage to each other as they get bigger and stronger as the spurs grown in length. [Read more…]
Chicken Hatcheries or Breeders?
This is a very good question to ask yourself Chicken Hatcheries or Breeders when deciding what breed(s) you want to raise. Depending on why you want chickens you will have to choose either getting chicks from a chicken hatchery or from a breeder. Hatchery birds on average begin laying at 24 weeks, they lay all of their eggs within two years. That means if you always want a steady supply of eggs you have to replace all of your hens every two years, some hatchery breeds such as Sex-links have to be replaced every year. [Read more…]
Lately there has been a big increase in how many people are keeping backyard chickens!
But still lots of people are on the fence about joining in on the backyard chicken fad and not sure if it is worth the trouble and the money invested in not only the coop and run but also the chickens!
Here are a few pros and cons about keeping backyard chickens! [Read more…]
We all have been exposed to the wonderful children who have Autism at some point in our lives and if we try to understand them we find out they are wonderful, loving children. They are not different from others as far a loving, caring and wanting to be accepted. Our society has become more and more educated and has learned a great deal of compassion for these wonderful children over the last few years but it appears the City Council in the state of Florida does not understand the importance of children with Autism. [Read more…]
If you have a Chicken Question let us know and we can post if to our page and get some very good answers and suggestions for you from our followers.
QUESTION: I have two 7mnths(+) old Buff Orpingtons that are free range. They only go into their coop to lay their eggs. Other than that they sleep on the roof of the coop pouring down rain and lighting or in cold weather. Is this normal and safe for them? [Read more…]
When I first heard of Chicken Shows I thought, WHAT! A chicken Show? I had never heard of a chicken show. When I was raised the only show a chicken put on was when it was chasing a bee, wasp, grasshopper, butterfly, etc! It was also a show when my granny wrung ones neck but that is another story in itself.
Bathing a Chicken was just not a concept to me as I grew up! The only bathing I ever saw a chicken get was when one was wallowing in the dust or dirt!