Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Instagram Photo of the week

Well, It's almost back to normal here since the big CPU fan crash. It's funny how ever though I have a laptop and Ipad...when my desktop computer went down, it killed my productivity for weeks. *sigh* I did take the time to do a lot of video making and those will be uploaded and posted in the next few weeks. Bear with me, I will get it all done! For now though, I give you this weeks top Instagram photo. 


The chickens that spent the winter in the guinea house have been laying their eggs in the corner, behind the 'privacy board' I put up for the guineas. They ignore the nest boxes *sigh* I have 3 new pullets to add to the crew when the weather breaks. Hopefully they'll figure out the nest box thing!

~L

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Updated fodder system & Green Thumb Thursday

This week I'm surrounded by snow and dreaming of "warm weather", so I decided to bring you the Green Thumb Thursday blog hop! This link-up is hosted by The Homestead Bloggers network, & Feathers In The Woods and supported by several other HBN members pages. This hop is the place to link up all your gardening related posts! Share anything and everything gardening related....planting, harvesting, seeds, plant varieties, tools, techniques, cooking with the harvest....etc etc!


Green Thumb Thursday blog hop
 

I don't really have much of a post to contribute, but I do have my chickens "thinking Spring" today with the big tray of fodder I gave to them this morning! Remember though, if it's this freezing cold where you are (its 1 degree here) set the fodder mat on paper towels for a minute to blot up the water before giving it to the chickens. If you throw it out to them soaking wet, it'll freeze to the ground within seconds. I learned that one that hard way last year! 

growing fodder for chickens

As you can see, I have upgraded my fodder trays from disposable baking pans to plastic shoe box totes. It works the same as my original Fodder system but since I decided to grow fodder every year, I picked these up at the Dollar Tree for more permanent trays. They stack together when not in use, and rinse clean easily. These definitely make a better long term system.


Now on to the hop.....


Sunday, February 15, 2015

How much does it cost to raise chickens?

Have you ever wondered exactly how much it costs to raise chickens? Not just a few chickens either, I'm talking a LOT of chickens. Like, say....80! Since I'm done doing my business taxes for the year I happen to have all these numbers handy. Some may surprise you, others may not. For example my bedding cost was much lower then I had thought it would be. Chicken feed was higher *sigh*. We didn't have any big expenses like new coops or incubators this year so this is a good example of a 'normal' year. I can't say for sure exactly how many chickens and guineas we had though, but the number always hovers somewhere near 80. So this is the summary of my poultry care expenses of 1 full year.


The true cost of raising chickens

This picture shows the cost for feed and bedding. Now granted, I spent $137.91 of my feed costs on chick feed. I hatched around 600 chicks and not all of them left right away. I had to feed them while they were here, and that bill was much higher then I'd like it to be. This doesn't include the free bags of lettuce from a local restaurant, or countless loaves of stale bread and mushy fruit that neighbors gave us. It also leaves out kitchen scraps, what I gave them from the garden and the corn patch they decimated when they found a hole in the garden fence. Bad silkies!  

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Funnies #14

The weekend is finally here! WooHoo! It's about time...right? Time to shake off the chill and start this Friday off right! Lets get it going with some great laughs and good times!


chicken jokes

What did one chicken say to the other chickens after they got poison ivy?
You scratch my beak, I’ll scratch yours.

What did the chicken do when she saw a bucket of fried chicken?
She kicked the bucket.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Instagram photo of the week.

This weeks Instagram Photo of the week was posted last night around 8:30pm. It managed to get more likes by 6am this morning then any other photo last week....even the ones that were up several days! It is a cute picture...


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Using shredded newspaper as coop bedding

Over the years I have tried various forms of bedding in my coops. Usually I stick with wood shavings but I have been known to use hay, straw or leaves from time to time. A few months back I came across a forum topic discussing coop litter and several people mentioned using shredded newspaper. I decided to do some research and give it a try. It wasn't difficult, just shred the newspaper and throw it in the coop. It was free. It was easy.....but how did it work?


chicken coop bedding, shredded paper


While newspaper is generally 'free' (what else are you gonna do with it after you read it?) the shredder certainly isn't and depending on what size coop you're filling you do run the risk of burning up a shredder. To prevent this I shredded paper for about 5 minutes a few times a day till I got enough paper for my coop. I only used the regular newspaper part, not the shiny ad papers. 

I chose the d'Uccle coop for this experiment. It's not terribly large which I thought was a good idea in case it failed miserably. I covered the coop floor with about 2" of shredded newspaper. As the days went by it packed down and I would add some from time to time. The chickens had no problems walking in or turning the paper. The coop didn't smell and when the paper got wet it quickly dried out. I did see them eat a piece or two, but didn't notice any problems from it. 

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