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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 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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Winter Chicken Keeping

Here’s some valuable advice from chicken keepers who keep chickens in winter. As a desert dweller, I better leave this subject to the pros! Hope these articles are helpful.

How Cold Is Too Cold For My Chickens? | The Happy Chicken Coop
Here in the North Eastern States, we will be seeing the snow flying soon.By all accounts this year is going to be bad, so we need to prepare ourselves and our flocks for the long months ahead.
Many beginner chicken keepers are amazed at just how hardy and tough chickens are. But still, a common concern is how cold is too cold for my chickens? Continue Reading
Thanks The Happy Chicken Coop for sending us this helpful article! 🙂

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6 Ways to Avoid Frostbite | Hobby Farms
If you live in an area with harsh winters, follow these common-sense guidelines to keep your chickens safe.
Many of our domestic chicken breeds were cultivated for colder temperatures. They have down feathers insulating their bodies, they naturally move regularly to keep warm and they instinctively know to eat more
when Old Man Winter comes knocking. Continue Reading

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Urban Chickens Fall Victim to Predators Too

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amy elizabeth | Bobcat Kills Hen at TBN Ranch This past year has been our worst ever for predator attacks. For twelve years, not a one, now, in 2016 we’ve had five. Three were by coyotes, one by a hawk, … Continue reading

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