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Informative Reading for Chicken Keepers

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 pest & weed control, or want your very own fertilizer machine for your garden. Whatever your reason, we are here to help you raise a happy healthy flock from brooder to coop, and beyond.

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New Chicks Arrived at TBN Ranch

This year we are raising Ameraucana (Easter Egger hybrids) and Silver Laced Wyandottes. The Easter Egger will lay blue-green medium size eggs and the Wyandottes lay brown medium-large eggs. Both breeds are docile and friendly, however, the Easter Eggers’ personality is best described as aloof.

This flock will begin to lay these beautiful colored eggs in about 5-6 months.

What the Chicks Will Look Like When Mature…

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Chicks Arriving Tomorrow, This is our Brooder Set-up

Brooder Shed is Ready to Go!
Here’s a few pics of my set-up where the chicks will live for the next 5 to 7 weeks. Depending on their growth, the weather, and most important, when they are mostly feathered. Usually they are feathered for sure by 8 weeks, but usually the temperatures in Phoenix allow us to move them from the brooder to coop earlier. What kind of chicks? Guess you’ll have to wait and see!
The Brooder Set-up
My husband built this custom brooder complete with electric and self closing doors on top. The floor in the brooder is lined with textured linoleum tiles and the windows are plexiglass.  There’s plenty of storage cabinets below for all those chick rearing necessities.
I use radiant heat,  but have two 50 watt back-up heat lamps overhead just in case of a sudden drop in outside temp. I also have a temperature reading from the brooder to house, so I don’t have to wonder if they are too cold or hot.

The Brooder Shed below is 8×10, heavily insulated, then drywall, and I had the gruesome chore of painting the inside pale yellow, ( I hate painting.) There is power, but no plumbing. Fortunately the hose is only steps away.

I’ll be picking up the chicks across town, I found this handy cage at Goodwill for $1.99, can’t beat that! It will comfortably hold at least 18 chicks. They like to be transported tightly packed together, it helps keep them warm and feeling safe.

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Guide to Chicken Keeping in Extreme Cold

Poultry Winter Care for Varying Climates

We all know the importance of preparedness for winter, especially for our feather friends, but sometimes that means different things to different regions of our country.
Winter can sure mean something else to a Minnesotan in comparison to a Texan, so read on (and reference our handy map!) to find the best winter readiness tips for your portion of the US.
Follow LINK to learn how to care for chickens in your zone.

Source: Scoop from the Coop

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