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.

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.

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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Book Suggestions

Chickens in the Road: An Adventure in Ordinary Splendor
by Suzanne McMinn

Available now from HarperCollins–Chickens in the Road: An Adventure in Ordinary Splendor, the wild and juicy memoir of my life at Stringtown Rising Farm. (Cows, cookies, high water, and love!) Plus special sections with recipes, crafts, and photographs. (What more could you ask for?)
From never-before-told stories to behind the scenes peeks at how and why it all really happened, the book bares all for the seasoned CITR reader and the brand new alike. This book is for you!

“[McMinn] found her road to self-realization much rockier than she imagined, but ultimately very satisfying…in her heart-on-her-sleeve, nutty narrative, she had to face the necessity for her own self-sufficiency…In this enjoyable memoir, she learned by trial and error how to do everything from scratch.” (Publishers Weekly)

The Chicken Encyclopedia
by Gail Damerow
New and indispensable for all chicken enthusiasts! Beginners and old pros alike will welcome Gail Damerow’s latest contribution to the poultry world, The Chicken Encyclopedia, a listing of more than 1,000 entries, 100% related to chickens!
Anything you want to know about chickens is either included here or it’s probably not worth knowing. Not only a reference work, it’s interesting enough to read on its own, to get an education in chickenology. Or enjoy flipping through it to pick up fascinating facts on every page. The full-color photos and illustrations are also superb, both educational and a pleasure to look at.
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Vote for TBN Ranch! Top 25 Backyard Chicken Blogs 2015

TBN Ranch has been shortlisted as a finalist, will you take a minute and vote for us?
Voting is now open and closes at 11:59PM EST on Monday 6th July 2015.

Welcome to The Annual Backyard Chicken Blog Awards of 2015!

Here at The Happy Chicken Coop, we love to read other backyard chicken blogs to learn and find out what else is happening out there!

We thought it would be fun to find out which backyard chicken blog is your favourite, so we’ve decided to start The Annual Backyard Chicken Blog Awards.

With the help of our email subscribers we have shortlisted 25 backyard chicken blogs and now it’s your turn to vote for your favourite.

To vote just scroll down to the survey and pick your favourite blog!

Voting is now open and closes at 11:59PM EST on Monday 6th July 2015.

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Introducing Chicks to Your Flock

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Ready for an adventure If you have an established flock of chickens, introducing them to your new chicks is a careful process.  Once your chicks are about six weeks old they are big enough to…

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Adirondack Chicken Coops and More!

Dream big… and turn it into a reality. Anybody who keeps chickens knows the better set-up you have the easier it is to care for them. Check out these beautiful coops, they’ll sure get your wheels spinning! No surprises either, this company lists all their prices.

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Want more ideas to plan your dream chicken coop? I’ve collected LOTS of coops and set-up ideas on Pinterest. Feeders, drinkers, roosts, bedding, nest boxes, brooders, and so much more!


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