Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A warning about using zip ties to identify chicks. GRAPHIC PHOTOS!

WARNING: There are graphic photos of an injured chicken in this post. If blood or open wounds bother you, please do not continue reading this post. Skip to this post or this post instead....they're funny not gory! 

Many chicken keepers use zip ties to tell chicks apart. Especially if they have different breeds of the same age with similar coloring. It makes sense. The problem is when the zip ties are not removed as the chick grows it can cause serious injury. Such was the case with Peggy (yes, son named her...injured leg, Peg leg...get it? *sigh* anyway...) Peggy was brought to me with a severe limp. There was no known injury or attack, she just started limping one day so she was brought here to see if I could figure out the problem. Thankfully it was easy to diagnose and treat and 1 month later Peggy is just fine now! Read on to see exactly what happened...
(remember: those graphic pictures are coming up!)

A warning about using zip ties on chicks leg

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Funnies

It's the weekend! Woot Woot!! Time to kick back and lets start this weekend out right, with a few jokes....

funny chicken jokes

How did the chicken end up in the soup pot?
The farmer's wife told her it was a chicken Jacuzzi.

Why does a rooster watch TV?
For hentertainment!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Excalibur 9-Tray Dehydrator with Timer GIVEAWAY!

I am so amazingly excited to be a part of this giveaway! Since of course, I know everyone wants one of these!!!!! SO be sure to enter below for your chance.....actually many chances to win!

We (along with many other members of the Homestead Bloggers network) are giving away an Excalibur 9-Tray Dehydrator with Timer!!!! Isn't that awesome? 

dehydrator giveaway!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Why did you start raising chickens?

Question of the week.....Why did you start raising chickens?

My answer: To keep the Guineas around. At least that's how it started. We had a bad tick problem in our woods, so we got some Guineas to control the ticks. Everything I read at the time said that if you buy adult Guineas that they will fly off in search of their 'home'. Then I read something that said that if Guineas live with chickens they stick around since the chickens do. So we got chickens. We also kept the Guineas confined for 3 months to sort of reprogram them to where home was. Not sure which one worked, but we still have the original Guineas and chickens. Plus about 70 more *sigh*

raising chickens

Monday, September 29, 2014

Adventures in chicken diapering

Diapers for chickens. Does that sound weird to you? I always thought dressing my cat was cute, and the dogs have coats and raincoats for bad weather. Dressing chickens though? I wasn't so sure of that. Then came the day I noticed the bald spots on the back of a few of my hens. Day after day the spots got bigger until eventually I broke down and bought some chicken saddles. Guess what? They worked! The girls feathers grew back and they looked really cute dressed up!

When I was sent a chicken diaper to try out I wasn't sure what to expect. I've had chickens in the house. Sometimes sick ones would have a quarantine box in the house for a few days. Other times youngest son would just bring me one of his favorite chickens to visit with. It was nice having them sit there on my lap all cute and soft, just enjoying being petted. Unfortunately there was poop to deal with!      

will chicken diapers work for you?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

How to clean your styrofoam incubator

Many of us have finished hatching chicks for the year. Now it's time to clean those incubators and get them put away till spring. Unless of course you're one of the year round hatchers. Even if you'll be using your incubator throughout the winter, it's still a good idea to give it a good cleaning from time to time. Ideally we should be cleaning our incubators between every hatch. How many of us actually do this? (hides under chair)  Ok, so the question is do you know to clean your incubator? There are many different types of incubators, Styrofoam, hard plastic and cabinet incubators are the most common. Today I want to talk about cleaning your Styrofoam incubator.....we'll get to the others in a future post. 

how to clean incubator

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