Good Chicken KeepingWelcome to the TBN Ranch blog, an informative resource site for backyard chicken keepers.
We are a hobby farm dedicated to raising Silkie Bantam chicks and laying hens. 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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The primary reason for keeping chickens varies from household to household. But for most, keeping a few backyard hens for a daily supply of fresh eggs is preferred over raising meat birds.

Maybe you’re looking for bug and weed control, or having your very own fertilizer machine for your garden. Whatever your reason, we are here to help you prepare, problem solve, and most importantly, to expect the unexpected with ease.

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Before you join the trendy circle of urban chicken keepers, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with what this responsibility actually entails.

There are a few basics to learn before you get started, research is always your best tool for success…. and there’s an array of information right here to help you in your successful pursuit.

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Best I.D. Leg Bands for Chickens

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There are many reasons to I.D. your chickens and it’s easy if you use leg bands. There are many types, colors, and sizes appropriate for chicks, bantams and standard breeds. The hard part is finding who sells assortments, or has quantity options.
If this is your first time using leg bands, you’ll find my choices below quite simple to put on. However, I certainly wouldn’t refuse an extra set of hands to help!
Here’s the retailers I’ve found who offer the best selections of leg bands…

1st Choice…
Stromberg’s is my favorite place for color assortments and varied quantities. The minimum quantity is 50. Buy what you’ll need the first time, the shipping is a little pricey.

Spiral Legs Bands   Numbered Plastic Bandettes

What Size Do You Need? | Guideline Chart for Leg Bands | Stromberg’s

Leg bands are perfect for tracking broody hens, keeping track of the ages of your birds, or if you have birds the same color that look identical.

2nd Choice…
Arcata Pet Supplies, you can order as many or as few as you like, (that’s a plus!) but they don’t offer color assortments and their styles are very limited.

Arcata Pet Supplies

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To help give you an idea on sizing, TBN Ranch uses size 9 leg bands for our mature Silkie Bantams.


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About Mail Order Chicks, Their Care and What to Expect

Mail Order Chicksby amy elizabeth | TBN Ranch

When your day old chicks arrive from the hatchery they will need food, water, heat, light, fresh air and space. They will arrive stressed from excess heat or cold, lack of food, and might be showing signs of dehydration…  Continue Reading

How to Order Baby Chickens from a Poultry Hatchery. |  Mother Earth News

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Which Chickens Lay Lots of Eggs?

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For many people the main incentive of raising backyard chickens is a fresh supply of eggs. I still remember walking down to my chickens’ nesting boxes for the first time and picking up those warm fresh eggs! Continue Reading

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Adorable Chicken Coop

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Had to share this! What an amazing set-up! Source: Backyard Poultry Magazine.

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