by Meredith Chilson Will you be buying eggs to hatch or ordering chicks this spring? Have you ordered yet? Do you have a specific breed in mind, or are you going to be a little adventurous and order a few chicks of a different breed? I'd like to suggest you consider Marans-specifically Black Copper Marans.
How to clean farm fresh eggs is a highly debatable topic... Should I wash my eggs? Warm or cold water? Should I use soap, bleach, vinegar? How to store farm fresh eggs is another topic that many people have an opinion on... Should I store them in the refrigerator?
About an hour before the start of a spring storm, Dominique Salamone surveyed her three-quarter-acre Northridge yard and commenced an impromptu master class in suburban chicken raising. "You have to be committed," she said. "Raising livestock takes time and knowledge. And it helps to have a handy spouse."
It all starts with a plan. I love raising chickens! And what's not to love? I mean, they poop all over the place, they churn up a bunch of dust, and they force you to go outside into the cold and wet. Every. Single. Day. In actuality, though, I really do love keeping chickens.
I am often asked when chicks can stop using a heat source and move from the brooder to the chicken coop. The short answer is...it depends. Many factors play a role in determining when the time is right to move chicks from the brooder to the chicken coop and we'll take a look at them here.
Spraddle leg, also known as 'splay leg,' is a deformity of a chicken's legs, characterized by feet pointing to the side, instead of forward, making walking difficult, if not impossible. Spraddle leg can be permanent if left uncorrected, but it's simple to correct, so let's look at how to fix it.