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  1. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    My hens are going on two years old and have never seen snow. During January 23 and 24 we got between 2 - 3 inches. There was 2 inches on the ground, and 3 inches on top of the chicken house. When I let the hens out they usually run out of the house and start looking for food. With snow on...
  2. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    My grandmother had a rather large fig tree in her chicken yard. I am thinking about doing the same thing. I like figs, chickens like anything. Chicken manure will provide natural fertilizer. Figs are a good source of Potassium, and are good for making preserves. There is a small sweet gum...
  3. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    My chicken are eating fertilizer. I tell you what, I must have the most stupid chickens to ever walk the face of the earth. I had a busted bag of fertilizer in the shed. I think it was either 13-13-13 or 21-0-0. We were supposed to get some rain, so I spread the fertilizer across part of a...
  4. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    My two silver laced wyandottes are teaming up on my new rooster. They work together to corner the rooster, then attack it. They position themselves on the roost so the rooster can not get to the flock. This does not seem to be pecking order behavior, at least to me, it looks more like...
  5. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    My wife and I obtained two heinz-57 roosters that have been rather "neglected." The roosters are going from being wild, never handled, roosted in trees at night type of life, to being in a chicken house with a dozen hens who have been socialized. Rooster #1 - looks like it has some Rhode...
  6. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    My wife and I moved to a rural area a couple of weeks ago, which means the chickens went from a 6 X 18 run, to several acres of free range. The hens have a mixture of wooded areas and open field. A good number of the hens seem to be moulting. Some have recovered their feathers, while others...
  7. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    A buddy of mine and I were talking about the water setup I want to build for my chickens. I want to pump water from a creek using a solar powered system. Use 2 X 55 gallon plastic drums for water storage, then an automatic watering system for the chickens, something like PVC pipe with nipples...
  8. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    How far should fence post be spaced on a chicken yard using 2x4 welded wire? The chicken yard measures 75 feet long X 30 feet wide. The 30 feet wide is fence post - 4 foot gate - fence post - 25 feet of fence. 75 feet / 8 feet = 9.375 post 75 feet / 6 feet = 12.5 post Predators in the area...
  9. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    For those of you who have been keeping up with my blog, yall know my wife and I are working on moving to the farm. We are down crunch time as we are hoping to be moved by August 1st. Progress made this weekend: Bush hogging - We have had some rain over the past couple of weeks. The grass was...
  10. DIY - Do It Yourself
    Original blog. This is my own content. :) Well, after a hard day of working nearly non-stop, we now have four walls and two windows in the coop. Wanna see? I knew you would. Our coop fit nicely in the back of our truck. But it won’t stay this small for long… It starts! One wall nailed...
  11. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I am about to lose my religion, three chicken snakes in less than a week. snake #1 - 6 feet long snake #2 - around 24 inches long snake #3 - around 5 feet 10 inches I have to start closing the chicken coop as soon as the chickens go up. Two of the snakes were found shortly after dark, 1 in...
  12. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I killed two chicken snakes last weekend. One was only about 2 feet long, the other one was 6 feet long. That 6 feet is with a tape measure and not estimated. I first spotted the larger chicken snake on top of the rabbit hutch monday morning of memorial day. Before I could get the snake it...
  13. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    This weekend was a fun weekend. My son and fiancé and I got our first hens. We got 6 barred rocks and a rooster from a family friend. He said in a few weeks they should be laying. My son was super excited to get them. He has already named all of them( they are all super heros). But this...
  14. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    One of my black jersey giants started this yesterday, she sat in the nest all day and all night, and she has been doing the same thing today. Here it is 9:13 pm, all the other hens are on the roost, and the the jersey giant in sitting in the laying box. This is what has me sad, the eggs are...
  15. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Over the past couple of years I have looked at several chicken breeds to develop a self-sustaining chicken flock. Some of the breeds I have looked at are the Barred Rock, Buff Orpington, Dominique and Australorp (only to name a few). This article will focus on the Barred Rock, which is part of...
  16. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I went out to let the chickens out of the coop this morning and found one of my Rhode Island Red hens dead in the coop with her head chewed off. Another one was just gone. Last week I shot a great big possum that had climbed over the fence, but could not get in the coop. I've heard that...
  17. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Every night its the same thing, my barred rocks are the last ones to go into the chicken coop. Australorp, speckled sussex, silver laced wyandotte, rhode island reds all go to the coop while there is still light. The barred rocks stay outside until I can barely see, then they run into the coop...
  18. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Can yall believe it’s been a whole year since my wife and I got our first chicks? For the first few months I posted several videos about building the coop and how the chicks were doing. After the chickens start laying, there is not that much to post about. They are chickens, they do their...
  19. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    What do you feel is the 'best' size for a nest box? I have been using milk-crates. Some on the floor, some mounted at 1' high, others at 2' high. Some hens will lay eggs in the crates, some will not. I want to encourage brooding and hatching, but few of our hens have gone broody. It was...
  20. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I'm hoping some one can help me We're building a chicken coop and I have framed and enclosed everything However I have no idea wehat to do on the inside Do i just build a table with boxes or a perch on it? where do they lay the eggs? This must sound pretty lame, but all of the pictures I've...
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