Natural DIY Honey Wound Salve

Almost every poultry keeper has encountered flock injuries… from mere scratches from rubbing up against the chicken wire to gouges caused by wild animals (such as hawks or raccoons) or dogs. In this article, I include a free recipe for DIY poultry wound care salve, effective for treating external injuries in poultry (people too!)…

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Cheap, Easy Ways to Bust Birdie Boredom!

Above: My flock in the coop on a cold, snowy day

Boredom is a common problem for chickens… Not only are chickens are susceptible to it, but bored birds cause mischief… Which can be anything from egg-eating and plucking one another’s feathers out to digging potholes in the run and removing bedding from the nest boxes. ūüėß Bored chickens cause extra trouble and work. ūüôĀ However, more critically, long term birdie boredom leads to excessive stress (which often leads to health problems), canibalism and reduced egg production. In this article, I include some tips on how to help bust birdie boredom! Continue Reading

Preventing & Treating External Parasites

Although chickens pick up occasional external parasites from time to time, keeping the population in check is key to a happy, healthy flock. Not only can parasitic overpopulations cause major discomfort, they can weaken chickens’ natural defenses and lead health problems… and even death. In this article, I will be sharing how I prevent and treat external parasites in my backyard flock… Continue Reading

Belgian (Barbu) D’Uccle Bantams

Bantam Mille Fleur Rooster
Above: Mille Fleur Barbu D’Uccle Bantam Cockerel

The Belgian d’Uccle (pronounced ‘dew-clay’ and also known as the ‘Barbu d’Uccle’) is a beautiful chicken breed. It is one of the few ‘true’ bantam breeds. A true bantam is a miniature bird that has no larger counterpart. The true bantam breeds category also includes Sebrights, Seramas, Japanese, Dutch and Booted Bantams…

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A Long-Crow: Chickens with the Longest Crows!

Above: Tomaru Long-Crowing Rooster by Chicken Addicts Anonymous

Long-crowing breeds are not recognized by the APA (American Poultry Association) and are very rare chickens. Though the longest recorded crow was ~25 seconds, Long-crowers have been known to extend a single crow for over 30 seconds (Read more of this article for a recording!)…

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Windstorm: The New Ruler of the Roost

Above: Windstorm, my rooster

Meet my newest flock addition! He is a beautiful iridescent black and silver Easter Egger named Windstorm (‘Storm’, for short)…. Continue Reading

Family-Friendly Chicken Breeds for Eggs

Fresh eggs are amazing and having chickens as pets can be a fun way to get them. However, not all chicken breeds are necessarily very people friendly… In this post, I have put together some of the highest-rated chicken breeds for temperament, maintenance and egg production!

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Faverolle Chicken Breed

 

Above: A Salmon Faverolle hen

The Faverolle is a very unique breed of chicken. They are somewhat rare chickens that originated in France (like¬†Crevecoeurs) in the village of Faverolles (which is, as you might guess, where their name came from)… Continue Reading

Lice & Mite Treatments for Chickens

Keeping lice and mites in check is a must for every backyard chicken keeper. However, with so many products on the market, how do you know which ones are right for your flock? Are they safe to use? Are there natural/non-toxic alternatives available that are effective? In this article, I will be  listing some of the various products available (for treatment and prevention). I will also list some of the health and safety hazards of common poultry pesticides and suggest safer alternatives that can help your flock stay free of lice and mites for good!
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Henry: The Tale of A Brave Rooster

Henry is our Welsummer¬†rooster. We got Henry for free as a 4wk old cockerel… He was small and little thin. He was lowest on the pecking order and in the middle of his growth stage (between fuzzy/cute and shiny/beautiful). These factors made him not the most gracious in appearance… Continue Reading

Kadaknaths: All Black Chickens

Image above by  http://kadaknath.blogspot.com

The Kadaknath is a little-known, rare chicken breed that originated in Madhya Pradesh, the direct center India. In their native territory, kadaknath chickens are called “kali masi”, literally meaning “black fleshed fowl”… Continue Reading

Naked-Necks (A.K.A Turkens)

 

Naked Neck (Turken) Chicken

Naked Necks are an unusual breed and one might think… “Really, who would want a partially featherless chicken?” But as odd as they may look at first, Naked Necks are actually pretty cool! Here’s why…
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Elly, My Crooked Crevecoeur

Cross-beak Chicken (Crevecoeur Pullet)
Above: Elly

One, wet Spring day, I got a birthday present. That present was 4, small crested variety chicks (one Golden-Laced Polish¬†and 3 Crevecoeurs). I brought the bunch of chicks home on my lap. They were not the healthiest chicks I’d had. One was half the size of the others (for its first several months), two¬†got Pasted Vents¬†and one… (who almost died when I brought her home) turned out to have a twisted beak… I called her Elly…¬† Continue Reading