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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…

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…

Egg Layers- 2 Weeks Old Update

The past few weeks have flown by with my colorful, rainbow batch of  chicks! They have been relatively low maintenance up until this point. When you  have chicks during hotter months, it is important to make sure they don't  get overheated during the daytime. Their wing and tail feathers have grown in. Usually feathers on the head  come in very last. There have been 3 pleasant days where we have let them outside during the day. We put them in our handy, now empty, chicken  tractor. Ideally, the tractor would have rabbit wire, but it only has chicken wire. Luckily, the chicks have grown in size and cannot fit through the  holes. Their first time in a bigger house was super exciting! They ran around and flew off the grass, like little baby pigeons! Picking  grass, taking a dust bath, and practicing perching. Like a proud parent, I  loved seeing all their firsts! My toddler loves sitting in the tractor with  them and she will have them tame in no time! Unlike the Rangers, these chicks all look very different! So, naturally, we  have favorites. There's Stormy the black and white mystery girl,  Lemongrab, the one we can't decide will be white or gray, and Sunny. Sunny is very "special." Ever since taking her out of the box, I noticed  something was off about this dark gray, almost blue, cutie. She doesn't have splay leg, but has trouble getting around. She acts dizzy. I have tried  different things to help her, but nothing has changed. It must be a  neurological tick. She is still eating, drinking, and longs to be with the  others.  Some of the chicks did develop mild cases of "pasty butt," or as my toddler  lovingly calls it, "tasty butt." Pasty butt happens when chicks have a little  ball of poop on the outside of their little bottoms. It is fairly common in  chicks that have been shipped, and thankfully, easy to fix. By carefully  picking off the hard bits with a warm, wet paper towel, it is cured. Other than that, they are a lively, vivid little bouquet of chicks!

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