Thursday, April 24, 2014

Raising chickens? 5 ways to use your smartphone.

If you're anything like me, you constantly have your cell phone with you. Even while tending the backyard chickens! According to Forbes, more then 56% of adults in the USA own a smart phone. Even farmers. (That was last year, imagine the number now!) It's like a minicomputer in your pocket, and if you think you can use it to help organize your everyday life, imagine how you can use it in chicken care!

Of course we all know the usual things: take pictures of the chickens, post to Instagram, FB, Tweet about that new hatch, text hubby to pick up shavings or feed, answer email about the eggs you have for sale etc etc. All the usual suspects. Did you know you can use your phone in other ways? I have a few ways you probably never even thought are my 5 favorite ways to use my phone for chicken care:

Raising chickens? 5 uses for a smartphone

Monday, April 14, 2014

Why you NEED an outdoor sink for chicken keeping

Ever have something come into your life and suddenly you wonder how you lived without it? Such is the story with my outside sink. I got along just fine without it for years....I washed feed bowls using the hose. I filled chick waterers with the hose. I pretty much used that hose for every single chicken chore I needed water for! Keeping backyard chickens can be messy and that hose worked overtime to help me clean it all up. Of course I was often leaning over to pick it up off the ground, or sitting on the ground to use it. It wasn't very comfortable but it got the job done so why complain? Then came the day Mr Roboto saw an ad for a sink. Not just any sink, a 3 bowl stainless steel commercial kitchen sink.....with drainboards. It was being sold by a person who had bought an old church and was turning it into a thrift shop. The price was right (cheap) and it was in the truck and on it's way here in no time. 

I wasn't sure about this idea at first. This thing was huge! It was almost as long as our guinea house is wide (12 foot) and ended up taking up residence right alongside it. He had plans to install hot and cold water and a permanent drain, but those are on hold briefly. For now it has a cold water hose attached to it and the water simply runs out of the drains and into the rocks below. I couldn't imagine using this enough to justify it sitting there. Then begrudgingly I started using it. At first I put some hand soap out there and used to to wash up after gardening. Then I cleaned a few bowls in it, standing up! The more I used it the more I realized that it really made keeping up with the chicken chores a whole lot easier. Now, I don't recommend you run out and buy a monster sink like this! However, I do believe that everyone who has chickens should have at least a small sink outside....and here is why:

outdoor sink for chicken chores

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Never release a pet to the wild!

It's almost Easter and that means that most feed stores and large chains like Tractor Supply Center have their annual chick and duck sale. TSC and many other feed stores are vigilant about trying to make sure they get good homes. Many ask people to fill out forms, to purchase minimum amounts and they hand out pamphlets on proper care. They really do try their hardest to insure these animals are going to safe homes. Sadly, there's always some that think cute little chicks and ducks would make great Easter gifts for their kids. I agree, they would.....if you lived on a farm. However I've 'rescued' more then 1 set of ducks from apartment dwellers. Unfortunately many don't meet this fate, many get released to the wild to live with "their own kind". Mostly ducks. This is animal cruelty. This almost always ends in death for them. Let me tell you why.

reality of letting pets go wild

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Funnies #6

Can you believe it? We finally made it! It's the last Friday of the month, time to unwind, kick back and have a few laughs....

funny chicken one liners

What happened to the chicken who's feathers were all pointed the wrong way?
She was tickled to death!

What do you call a joke book for chickens?
A yolk book.
What do you call a chicken that can beat up everybody?
Cluck Norris

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Using deer netting to deter hawks

Hawks are a big problem around here. Especially now that the weather is breaking and everything is hungry! We've had hawks fly down into the chickens run and walk right into the coop. Of course this never ends well for the chickens, especially the bantams. Unfortunately not every coop has a run that I can cover completely. We've started adding deer netting to the tops of the runs and it's really helped.

backyard chickens covered run

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Instagram Sunday #4

The weather is warming up, the snow is melting off and we can finally get out and do stuff. Yeay! I've been running around doing some shopping and everywhere I look are chickens!

garden statue

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