How to Blow Out Easter Eggs

Easter Egg Trees were a big deal when I was kid in Germany. All the German families I knew loved heading outside to find the perfect branches for their trees, and then they spent hours blowing out eggs, decorating the…

Raising Winter Chicks Part 2

In the last post on raising winter chicks, we talked about the benefits of starting chicks in the winter. This post will touch on a few of the concerns people sometimes have about winter chicks: heating requirements, when you can…

Easter Fun

With Easter fast approaching, many of us backyard chicken owners are ready with baskets full of fresh eggs! Hens really start laying on overdrive when the weather warms up and the sun decides to hang around later each evening. Those…

Taming Chickens

Have you ever stood in your yard and called your chickens? Have they ever come running like a herd of wildebeest across the plain? Have you ever possessed the sense you may be the most powerful human being on planet…

The Right Bedding for Your Coop

One of the most common questions a new chicken owner asks is, “what is the right bedding for my coop?” Although a common question, the answer might surprise you, even if you are an experienced chicken owner! Not much scientific…

Preventing Frostbite in Poultry

Frostbite in poultry is a real concern during the winter. Chickens, like people, are susceptible to frostbite. When the temperatures plummet and the windchills pick up, we need to consider the chickens. Making a few small changes can help them…

Raising Chicks in the Winter Part 1

Most people think of spring as the ideal time to raise chicks, but chicks are available all year from Hoover’s Hatchery. There are some good reasons you might want raise chicks in the winter and this post is the first…

How Daylight Affects Egg-Laying

Chickens are farm superstars.  They produce eggs almost daily.  Some chickens have even been known to lay multiple eggs per day.  They don’t require much food in order to produce those eggs, either.  One thing that many chicken owners quickly…

Rooster or No Rooster?

My grandfather used to swear everyone who had chickens, needed a rooster. He would say things like, “a rooster keeps all the hens in line,” or “the hens need a protector.” Today we know that although those statements are partially true, roosters…

Do My Chickens Need a Winter Heat Lamp?

The battle of the heat lamp has been a long-disputed topic for chicken enthusiasts. Some claim having a winter heat lamp in the coop not only keeps hens warm, but also increases egg production. Others deem heat lamps unnecessary and…

We Have a Surprise for You!

The girls and I have very exciting news to share with our faithful friends and followers and we wanted you to hear it here first! No, I didn’t get new chicks to add to my flock. YET! (winks) You all…

EGG-cellent Ideas For Hands-On Learning Activities

By: Shannon Latham, Enchanted Acres Spring in Iowa is synonymous with chicks, bunnies, lambs, baby goats, daffodils and tulips. This year it also brought an early spring dusting of snow at Enchanted Acres. A set of twin kids was born right…

Nurture Your Birds with an Expanded Line of NatureServe Flock Feeds

Nurture your flock from chickens to ducks and turkeys/gamebirds with NatureServe® feed that contains the same essential oils that we feed our birds at Hoover’s Hatchery™.  NatureServe is the preferred feed brand of Hoover’s Hatchery™ and we encourage carrying on…

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