amy elizabeth

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TBN Ranch is a hobby farm dedicated to raising Silkie Bantam chicks and laying hens.
We’re located in sunny Arizona, nestled in the foothills of a 500 acre mountain range in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert.


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Feathers and Fur

Meet Jasmine, she’s raising her babies in my chicken coop. She isn’t afraid of me, and the hens are pretty sure she’s just a goofy looking long-eared chicken. Home is where you’re comfortable, safe, and a place where nobody cares if you’re wearin’ feathers or fur.
Bunny 3-28-15

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Been Away to Care for Family

amy elizabethMy 90 year old Dad suffered a life threatening stroke 7 days ago and needs my support during this difficult time. Therefore, the TBN Ranch blog may be idle for awhile.

I’ll be back when I can…  amy elizabeth

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One of Arizona’s Venomous Creepy Crawlers

The Gila Monster is a species of venomous lizard native to the southwestern United States. A heavy, slow-moving lizard, the Gila monster is the only venomous lizard native to the United States and one of only two known species of venomous lizards in North America.

I’ve only seen one here, and that was one too many.

Gila Monster

Photographed in the Catalina Foothills, Arizona

 Thanks Laura for sharing this cool photo!
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6 Reasons to Raise Meat Birds


by blogger Ambitious Acre!

Many people have asked me why I would bother raising my own meat birds when they are readily available at the store! Here are 6 reasons why I prefer to raise my own birds for meat…  Read Post



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Fancy Banty

Meet Rose, an 18 month old black Silkie Bantam hen. She’s broody most of the time, rarely lays, and when she does it usually looks like some creepy alien egg. Nevertheless, she’s my friend, and that buys her a forever place on my little farm.

Silkie Bantam 3-10-15

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Showin’ off Time!

Okay, I have to brag a little on my little buff Silkie bantam pullet… she’s just sooooo nice!  Great head, no black feathers, her wings are tight against her body, 5 toes, and great feathered feet! Yahoo!

Silkie Randi 3 2015

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Suggestions for Minimizing Chicken Feed Waste

Solutions for the Coop and Outdoor Feeders

Got chickens wasting their feed by scratching it out of the feeder? Not only is this costing  you money, but it’s also attracting rodents and wild birds.  This problem can be easily solved by hanging the feeder and placing something beneath it to catch what they scratch out. Simply pour the dropped feed back into the feeder when tending to your birds.

Saving Feed

Raise the coop feeder high enough to where the chickens have to climb up on something to reach it, this will eliminate shavings from getting in both the feeder and the container below.

The Outdoor Feeder

Keeping the feed in the feeder is your best defense against attracting wild birds. At night when the chickens are cooped for the night, cover the feeder.  The less feed scattered around the feeder the better. Something under the feeder will keep lost feed contained. Wild birds will always be a problem, but lets not offer them a feast 24 hours a day!  I like to make it hard for wild birds to find any food at all when the flock is cooped or the feeder is covered. If food isn’t plentiful, wild birds will go elsewhere.

If your birds are free roaming during the day, it’s okay to keep their feeder covered, and just give them access to it two or three times a day for an hour.

Tip: If you have wild birds sneaking in the coop and devouring feed, replace any chicken wire with hardware cloth.  Or, offset another layer of chicken wire over the existing. Sparrows can easily squeeze through chicken wire.

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Raising Winter Chicks in Phoenix

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Originally posted on TBN Ranch:
When Can Chicks Be Moved Outside? It’s a good guess you have your new chicks in a box in the house or garage and are watching them quickly outgrow their safe haven of comfort and…

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Splash of Color

Splash of Color 2-2015

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