Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How I get fresh eggs year round

It's a problem for chicken keepers everywhere. The winter egg production drop off issue. It goes from gathering several dozen eggs a week in summer to nothing in winter. Some of us have even resorted to buying eggs from the store in winter. Yuck! I stumbled upon a trick that keeps me in fresh eggs year round. The best part is, I don't have to add supplemental lighting. My electric bills don't go up. I don't do anything fancy and I get eggs year round. This method takes a tiny bit of forethought but it's one simple move that will keep you in farm fresh eggs from your own happy chickens....year round!

Are you ready for this? You're gonna ask yourself "Now why didn't I try this before?" It's this simple, quit buying your chicks in the spring! That's it. Just start buying them a few months later then normal and you'll have eggs in winter. Let me explain.

Farm fresh eggs year round

Monday, December 15, 2014

Instagram Photo of the week

I've been on Instagram for quite some time now. 125 weeks to be exact! That is 1209 photos posted. That's a lot of pictures! I always like to look and see which pictures get the most views. Sometimes it's pretty close, other times one picture gets way more likes then the rest! There usually seems to be a 'viewers favorite' every week. So without further ado, I give you last weeks most liked Instagram photo...

d'Uccle chicks

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Feed bag Christmas stockings

It's that time of year again! Time to decorate for Christmas. I was trying to think of a way to decorate the coops this year and I wanted to do it in a 'waterproof' way. It seems like all my outdoor decorations quickly become waterlogged, so I needed something that can withstand the snowy winters here. This was on my mind hours later when I was standing in the garage looking at the different chicken supplies and I spied the stack of feed bags I was going to turn into totes "eventually". I decided to make some Christmas stockings. Since I was already using this free McCalls pattern for another project it was easy enough to make a few stockings out of a feed bag. 
All I needed for 2 stockings was: 
1 feed bag
Sewing machine with regular thread and medium weight needle
Hot glue gun
Decorative trim

Feed bag Christmas stockings

Friday, November 28, 2014

Using leaves as coop bedding

Every fall I rake up the dried leaves and throw some in the runs for the chickens/guineas. They dig through them happily, finding bugs and tiny bits of grasses to eat. Sadly I can only get dry leaves once a year, but since they are absolutely free I never waste a chance to use them when I can. This year I decided to use them as bedding in the largest chicken coop I have. Technically it's the guinea coop, same idea though. This October I did my traditional fall clean out when I get rid of all the bedding from the last year. I use the deep litter method and it's been working great in this coop. The deep litter method requires quite a bit of bedding to start with, so all I did was fill the coop with dry leaves. I raked some up into bags to add in once the chickens broke up the leaves a bit. That's it! So far so good. I really like using leaves in the coop as well as the run. It's cheaper, easy & the chickens seem to love it. Read on for all the details....

using leaves as chicken coop bedding

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Funnies #12

The weekend is finally here! WooHoo! It's about time...right? Lets start this Friday off right with some great laughs and good times!

chicken jokes

What do chickens serve at birthday parties?

What happens if you drop a hand gran-egg?
It egg-splodes!

Is chicken soup good for your health?
Not if you're the chicken!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Getting your backyard chickens ready for winter

I really hope this isn't an issue for you! If it isn't....that means you live somewhere warm. That sounds so nice. I live in the snow and cold. Here in western Pennsylvania it snows a good deal. I get what they call "lake effect snow" because of the moisture in the air over lake Erie. Even my friends down in Pittsburgh have it easier then I do! Today we have about 2" of frozen snow (when it rains on top of snow, then freezes and snows again. Yeah, that mess!) and it's only 11 degrees this morning! Yuck! It sort of snuck up on us too. Normally we get some flurries here and there, but it doesn't usually full on snow till December. The temps don't usually hit that low till January! Our weather is way screwed up this year so now I'm playing catch-up and getting the coops winterized and the chickens ready for the cold. So come along and join us while we chip ice, insulate, re-group and get ready for winter!

preparing your chicken coop for winter

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