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.
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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Have you ever wondered how long eggs will stay fresh for? Or how long those store bought ‘fresh eggs’ have been there? Read Article How Long Are Eggs Good For?
Meet Dottie, Miss Injury Queen. Her comb has gotten so big and heavy it has flopped over to one side limiting her vision primarily to one eye. Floppy combs are somewhat common for Leghorns, and it’s not usually a problem. But to some extent, this condition has turned into a disability for Dottie. She bumps into things, and her big fleshy appendage atop her head bleeds, which of course causes havoc in the chicken yard.
My docile members of the flock are anything but when there’s an injured bird present, so Dottie has been moved to the chicken hospital. She can still see the flock, and quite honestly, seems quite happy in the safety of solitude. Oddly enough, being confined hasn’t effected her egg production at all. Every morning there’s a pearly white egg in her nest, and in my opinion, a happy bird is one that’s laying! I haven’t decided yet if she will be returned to the flock at some point, or if this 4×6 coop will be a permanent home.
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amy elizabeth | TBN Ranch The Australorp is a great choice if your looking for an excellent layer of large brown eggs. Expect approximately five eggs per week from this *dual purpose bird. Their color is black, weight at maturity … Continue reading