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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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About Flystrike, What it is, and Treatment

flystrike-treatment Exploring Flystrike in Rabbits, Chickens, Sheep and Cattle
Animals and flies seem to go hand in hand on a farm. So what is flystrike? If you have livestock, you most likely battle the common stable fly, and you’re always on the hunt for effective fly deterrent strategies… Read Article

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How Long Eggs are Good For

As a guideline, refrigerated raw shell eggs will keep with minimal quality loss for about 4 to 5 weeks beyond the sell date or about 3 weeks after you bring them home.

Too many eggs from your flock? Offer them to the neighbors, it’s always a good idea to keep those who live nearby your flock happy!

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Do I Need a Rooster for Hens to Lay Eggs?

Let’s take a look at the Rooster’s role in the flock…

RoosterI am always surprised when I’m asked this question. I suppose it’s a logical question for those not too familiar with poultry.
Do I need a Rooster for hens to lay eggs?
A rooster does serve a couple of useful purposes to the flock which can be a good thing for the hens and keeper alike.

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Chicken Opera

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