About Us

Murano Chicken Farm blog is based on the experiences of me...Lisa Murano. I live on a chicken farm in the middle of nowhere. It's called Boyers, Pa. I'm here with my husband (Mr Roboto lol), 3 kids, 3 dogs and 2 cats. At any given time we have between 80 and 100 chickens, guineas and ducks. We raise them for eggs, which we then incubate and sell as chicks. 

Chicken farming has a unique set of challenges that we are always trying to find solutions for. From health care to cleaning, there are dozens of issues every day on a farm. This blog is dedicated to solutions to everyday problems, the spread of knowledge and the general joy of owning poultry! While I will occasionally post something about sales or commercial farming, mostly this is just about my spoiled rotten little babies! I meet with customers personally and often answer questions for customers long after they have taken their babies home. When I notice a question popping up often, I write a post about it. I also tend to blog about the 'hot' topics that I notice on chicken forums. Oh how I love chicken forums! LOL

I became a licensed poultry technician in 2010. Our farm joined the NPIP in 2012. We've been in business since 2009. We got into chickens because we had ticks! We got some Guineas to help with the ticks...then got some chickens so the Guineas wouldn't fly away. Then chicken math kicked in and we got more coops...and the rest is history! 

I hope you like my blog, and if you have any questions you can post a comment here or email me directly at muranohatchery@gmail.com

Thanks for Reading!
~Lisa

4 comments:

  1. I came over from BYC because I felt lonely in NW PA. I live in Slippery Rock and would love to join in with any activities or even if you just need a coffee break. :)

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    1. Welcome to the area! We're not far away...just over the hill in Boyers! Email me, there are some groups on facebook and swaps locally. Would love to chat!

      ~L

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  2. Hi! My name is mark from Louisiana..I follow you on IG as marktquitta .. My dad has chickens as well. And I recently stumbled across this on pinterest.. Thought u might find it helpful.. Its called the holistic holy trinity. First in the Trinity is APPLE CIDER VINEGAR.

    It's great for their immune systems, guards against bad bacteria and maintains digestive health in the intestines by lowering the pH levels and is an overal health booster. It increases calcium absorption so your chickens will get more 'bang for the buck' from the eggshells or oyster shell you provide them. ACV aso acts as an antiseptic by killing the germs that cause respiratory problems - which chickens are extremely susceptible to - in the throat. Add apple cider vinegar (raw,organic ACV with the 'mother' is best, Bragg's brand for example) to your waterer a few times a week, or alternatively one straight week every month. The ratio is 1 Tablespoon per gallon of water. The ACV will also help keep your chickens' water free of harmful bacteria and algae. Be sure and use a plastic or stoneware waterer tho. The ACV will rust the metal and galvanized waterers.

    I have also started using the generic store brand ACV to rinse and clean the waterers instead of bleach or another commercial cleaner. I just mix it with water in a spray bottle or pour some into a pail of water.

    Second in the Trinity is GARLIC. Garlic boosts immune systems and it is also thought that mites, lice, ticks and other parasites are not as attracted to the blood of animals who eat alot of garlic. Garlic is also a natural wormer. Garlic can be added to your chickens' diet in a couple of different ways. You can float whole cloves in your waterer (mashed up a bit), replacing them every few days. You can offer crushed fresh cloves in a small dish free-choice. Or you can add garlic powder to their feed. I have tried all three and find it easiest to just add the powder to their feed (2% ratio), but every once in awhile I also give them a bowl of the fresh garlic.

    Small chicks should also be offered crushed fresh garlic, free-choice, early on so they develop a taste for it. A splash of apple cider vinegar in their water is also a great health booster for chicks. The third in the Trinity is DIATOMACEOUS EARTH (DE). DE is an all natural silica-based crushed fossil that kills hard-shelled insects. It kills fleas, ticks, flies, aphids and digestive worms while being completely safe for chickens. Only food-grade DE should be used around the chickens, because they will inevitably end up eating some. I add DE to their feed in a 2% radio.

    DE does also kill good bugs and can cause lung aggravation if the dust is inhaled, so take care where and how you sprinkle it. You can wear a dust mask while sprinkling your coop floor, nesting boxes, around the feeders, in the dust bath area, etc. I find that one good way to disperse the DE is from a plastic shaker bottle, like the kind Parmesan cheese comes in. I keep a full bottle in the run and sprinkle it liberally, especially in the summer when the flies get bad.

    Bonus health tips ! Plain yogurt with live cultures and black strap molasses are also good to give your chickens on occasion as both have health benefits for your flock. A weekly serving of yogurt will help keep the good bacteria levels high in your chickens' digestive systems and molasses contains lots of minerals including iron and copper, manganese and potassium, as well as calcium. Molasses helps flush toxins out of the chickens' systems.

    Yogurt can cause diarrhea so it should only be given in small amounts and conversely, probiotic powder can be added to their feed in place of the yogurt to help boost the good bacteria in their intestines.

    And there you have your Holistic Trinity plus something for intestinal health. The holistic secrets to raising healthy chickens.

    ~Follow Fresh Eggs Daily on Facebook and also check out our blog: fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com for more great blog posts

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  3. HI...thank you! I am familiar with Fresh Eggs Daily...Lisa and I blog together for Backyard Poultry magazine. I use all 3 of these items in my chicken keeping. In fact, I just had a past customer call me about a sick chicken and I recommended the ACV and garlic.'
    Thanks for stopping by!

    ~L

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