1. Kevin

    Planning a new orchard for 2020

    In the chicken yard is a pile of brush I left for rabbit habitat. After the chicken yard was enclosed (around 1/2 acre) I saw a noticeable difference in the number of wild rabbits in and around the yard. In all honesty, I feel an orchard would serve my long term plans better than a wild rabbit...
  2. Kevin

    Difference between pullets and straight run

    What is the difference between pullets and straight run? Pullets are female chicks. Straight run could be anything. Typically, there is around a 50/50 chance of a straight run chick being a rooster. Think of it this way, female chicks who will grow up to be laying hens are "pulled" from the...
  3. Kevin

    Added 14 new chicks for 2019

    After suffering some losses to my chicken flock over the past year, I decided to add 14 more. Part of the losses was due to a couple of new puppies my wife and I adopted. One of the puppies was a lab. It would run over to the chicken house, grab a chicken, and bring it back to the house. It...
  4. Kevin

    How many chicks will you be buying in 2018?

    Between the dogs and predators, I am down to around 23 chickens + maybe 6 guineas. My goal is to have between 30 - 40 chickens + guineas. With only 23 chickens, and some of them around 5 years old, I may add 15 chicks to the flock in 2018. Local feed stores will start getting their chicks in...
  5. Betty Powers

    Chickens Aren't Dumb Clucks After All

    Chickens' thinking process surprises researchers with its complexity. Chickens Aren't Dumb Clucks After All
  6. Kevin

    Feeding chickens grocery store scraps

    Sometimes grocery stores will fill a box full of fruit or veggies that are about to go bad, then put the box on sale for reduced price. This serves several purposes. People can get a good deal on food. Grocery store saves money from not having to throw the food away. Chicken owners can find...
  7. Kevin

    Losing chickens to predators

    During the summer of 2017 I had an issue with losing chickens to predators. Several of them have gone missing, with just a few feathers in the chicken yard. From the trail of feathers, something drug the chicken from the chicken house. I figure this was either a bobcat or coyote. It is not a...