New Chicken Keeping Articles | January 10, 2016

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January 10, 2016
6 Tools Every Chicken Keeper Needs – Hobby Farms
Why Some Chickens Molt Faster Than Others | Garden Betty
Chicken Breed Focus – Japanese Bantam
How Much Should I Feed My Chickens? | Backyard Poultry Magazine
Chicken Quarters: The Danger In Heating The Chicken Coop – Urban Farm
7 Signs You’re Ready To Raise City Chickens – Urban Farm
7 Ways to Keep Mice and Rats Out of the Coop – Hobby Farms
Why Transylvanian Chickens Have Naked Necks

New to Chicken Keeping?

6 Layer Hens for Beginning Chicken Keepers - Photo courtesy iStock/Thinkstock ( where to start with your chicken-keeping endeavor? Turn to one of these reliable egg-laying breeds.
By Cherie Langlois

With a plethora of layer chicken breeds to choose from, you should think carefully about which traits are important to you in a layer flock and do your research before going chicken-wild at the feed store or online hatchery… Continue Reading

What’s New at TBN Ranch

Adding Chickens 2Busy raising baby chicks! Three times since September the brooder has been full of little fuzzy butts. The grow pens are full, and introductions are underway for the juveniles who are ready to join the existing flock. We only keep Silkies and Cochins, usually these extremely docile and friendly birds easily accept new birds with minimal drama. 

It’s been crazy cold here in Phoenix, we are not used to temperatures below 40 and it’s been down in the 30’s at night for weeks. Average temperatures in the day should be averaging 67, not happening this year! Raising chicks in the cold is new territory for me, but with a few modifications to the brooder shed and grow pens, everybody is happy and healthy.

You can make your own waterer heater for use with either metal or plastic waterers. It will cost less than $10, cost pennies to run and you can complete the project in under ten minutes. Hats off to all you chicken keepers in real cold country, I’m dealing with frozen drinkers and I don’t even own a winter coat! It’s been a learning experience to say the least, I have new respect for those who are dedicated to caring for their birds in inclement weather.

I have to say, I’m definitely a fair weather chicken keeper, don’t think I’d be doing this if I lived where there is winter. Everybody always comments on how clean and tidy my farm is… well it’s easy when you’re not freezing to death!

Off Topic… Been to my Etsy Store?

All my 2015 handmade mop dolls are drastically marked down! I’ve got too many and I’m moving them all out of my workshop at an incredible saving to you. If you’re a collector, or know of a little girl you’d like to give a special gift to, stop by and take advantage of this offer before they’re gone, because they sell so quick… NOT. lol

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6 thoughts on “New Chicken Keeping Articles | January 10, 2016”

  1. Hi- Looks like I will be following your site!! TONS of GREAT chicken resources here for me to read and learn from. I stopped by because you liked one of my posts and I appreciate that! I am so glad you did. We are in a serious cold snap here in Wisconsin as well, only ours is 10 degrees going down below zero. Hoping you have a nice warm week this week!

      1. Really??!! My parents lived up there for a time- It’s Beautiful!!!! We are in southeastern WI, north of Milwaukee.

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