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Welcome to the TBN Ranch blog, an informative resource site for fellow backyard chicken keepers.
We are a hobby farm dedicated to raising a variety of standard and bantam chickens in Phoenix, Arizona. 

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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.

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.
*See bottom of page for Quick References, may not be visible on cell phones.

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Should I Light The Coop Over Winter?

There is no doubt that hens are capable of laying year round, but the question is should they? Here are the fors and againsts for adding light to your coop during winter.

Source: Should I Light The Coop Over Winter?

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How to Pick the Best Chicken Feeders and Waterers

Not sure which chicken feeders and waterers are right for your flock? Here’s what I’ve learned through trial and error — the hits and the misses!

Source: How to Pick the Best Chicken Feeders and Waterers – Countryside Network

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About the Welsummer

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Origin: Netherlands
Class: Continental

Type: Large Fowl
Size: Medium (6-7 lbs)
Rarity: Common
Purpose: Dual

 

Welsummer hen

The Welsummer rooster is rustic-red and orange in color and the hen is a light and dark brown partridge pattern with gold around the neck area.  This dual purpose large fowl lays  large terracotta dark brown eggs, often with speckles. Expect about 160 eggs per year.
Features & Color Variations
Single comb, medium wattles, broad chest and back, wide full tail, and 4 toes.  There are three variations of the standard Welsummer, Partridge, Silver Duckwing and the Gold Duckwing. Recognized Varieties: Red Partridge

Behavior
Welsummers are friendly and intelligent, but not considered especially docile. They generally confine well, but prefer to forage. Setter/broody: yes.

Bantams
The Welsummer Bantam lays light brown eggs, and their production is slightly higher than the standard at about 180 eggs per year. Bantams exist in both Partridge and Silver Duckwing colors but are rare.

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