Friday, June 23, 2017

Should you bathe your chicken?

Bathing your chickens is topic that has come up a lot lately. I've recently been part of a large group discussion about whether you should bathe your chickens or not. It ended up getting quite heated on both sides which prompted me to write this post. You see, while there are reasons why you should bathe your chicken in certain instances, this isn't really the common thing you need to do. After all, what is the point of chickens taking dust baths by themselves if they still need a water bath? Isn't that kind of redundant?

So what I want to talk about today is when you should bathe your chickens and why you should bathe your chickens or why not.

bathing chickens

Generally, chickens are pretty good at keeping themselves clean. They're kinda like cats in that regards...I guess. Chickens like to dust bathe. They find a spot to roll in the dirt and have a grand ole time fluffing the dirt up under all their feathers. Once they're done they stand up and shake all the dirt back out in a huge cloud of dust! 

Chickens get clean by getting dirty. Dust baths help to dry up excess oils on their skin, get rid of mites and lice and it cools them down in summer. Plus I think they just really enjoy taking them!

Friday, June 16, 2017

How to: trimming a chickens wing feathers

Your pet chickens may not seem to like flying much, but they are much better at it then you think. The longest recorded continuous flight of a chicken is 13 seconds. The furthest distance a chicken has flown in one flight is over 300 feet! 

I don't know about you, but I don't even think I have 300 feet for them to fly...unless they head towards the street. I definitely don't want that happening! While not all chickens like to fly, if you have one who does you may have considered trimming her wings.

clipping chickens wing feathers

There are several reasons why you might decide to trim your chickens wing feathers. You might want to keep her from flying out of her run, getting up high in a tree, or flying over the garden fence to feast on your veggies. For whatever reason you decide to clip your chickens flight feathers, it's simple and painless when done correctly.

Clipping a chickens wing feathers is very easy to do. You'll only be cutting the primary flight feathers of one wing as shown in the photo below. You will not need to cut the secondary flight feathers.

Friday, June 9, 2017

The easiest way to cull a chicken

If you raise chickens you've probably considered the fact that eventually you will have to cull one. I faced this problem when my first set of chicks were 3 months old and I found out first hand that culling a sick chicken is not an easy task! It can be necessary though and being prepared makes it much easier when the time comes. 

culling | chickens

I'm going to talk about my preferred method for culling a sick chicken along with methods that I have tried but not had as much success with. If this kind of conversation bothers you go ahead and click right here to visit some of my more fun chicken posts! You might want to bookmark this page for when the time comes though. If you're ready to learn how I cull a sick chicken humanely, keep reading.

Friday, June 2, 2017

How I make $1,000 a month from 15 chickens!

Chickens can be expensive. Even if you don't count the coop, the feed and bedding are monthly expenses that add up a lot! I decided a long time ago to have a no freeloaders policy and I make all my chickens earn their keep. I've tried many different ways to make money from my chickens but the most profitable way just fell into my lap!

When I started with chickens, I decided to hatch the chicks from eggs I ordered from a breeder. When word got out that I had hatched chicks, I started getting calls from people who wanted to buy them. As soon as my chickens were full grown, I hatched their eggs! The calls kept coming and I kept hatching. Over the years I've had as many as 90 chickens and as few as six. I've realized that by setting things up the right way I can make up to $1,000 a month on as few as 15 chickens.

make money from chickens

Of course you could sell eating eggs, feathers and even chicken poop to make some money here and there. I'm not knocking that at all because it is a good way to make extra money. In my opinion though, the best way to make money off to sell chicks.

Now, I'm sure you thought of that. In fact I'm pretty sure you're sitting there now saying "well yeah, but I can't make $1,000 selling chicks!" I promise you though, that you can do it. You just have to follow the money.
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