New Chicken Keeping Articles | May 14, 2016

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New Articles May 14, 2016

: How I Use Herbs in My Coop and Why You Should Too
Olive Egger Chicken: May Breed of the Month – Countryside Network
Understanding the Pecking Order | TBN Ranch
You Don’t Need a Rooster Rescue, Set Up a Bachelor Pad Instead – Countryside Network
Tips on Breaking the Broody Hen | TBN Ranch
Poultry Farming Terminology – What’s in a Name? – Countryside Network
Probiotics and Ferments: They’re Good For Your Chickens, Too! – Hobby Farms
Your Guide to Strong Eggshells | Purina Mills
10 Chicken Coops That Will Make You Want To House Hens (PHOTOS)
Our Top 10 Reasons To Keep A Rooster – Hobby Farms
Keeping Chickens Cool in Summer | TBN Ranch

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by The Happy Chicken Coop

Before we ever entertained the idea of keeping chickens in our garden we were long under the impression that you need lots of land to keep chickens- ideally at least an acre of grass. Fortunately, this isn’t the case (unless you are planning on keeping thousands of them!) and you’d be surprised by the actual amount of room chickens need…. Continue Reading

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What’s New at TBN Ranch

We are building a new brooder box for our fall chicks! Husband Dan has been working on this custom brooder project for awhile now and it’s really coming along nicely. He decided to make the front glass so the chicks can see the world before they graduate to the grow pen.
The box is raised high enough so chores are easy on my back. The cabinet below will be for feed and supplies. The brooder measures 5ft long, 22inches wide, and will have a removable divider in the center.

The last pic included is Dan’s workbench, I’m amazed this total disaster of unorganized clutter  is what he considers a functional work space. How on earth does he find anything?

Next Project

In the fall talk of another chicken enclosure is also on the table which would be for laying hens of a yet to be decided breed…. but most likely Leghorns and RIR.

Here We Go Again…

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Summer is here, it’s only May and the temperature expected today is 104. By the middle of June it will no doubt be 110, and then it only gets worse, with temps exceeding 115+ in July and August.  The chickens will need a lot more attention in such hot weather, but we are prepared with tons of shade cloth and a cooling station in the shade with a hose left on a slow drip to help cool the ground.

 

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New Articles for Chicken Keepers | April 29, 2016

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New Articles | April 29, 2016
Poultry Processing Equipment for the Novice Farmer – eFowl Blog
The Chicken Chick®: How Much Heat Do Chicks REALLY Need? Think Like a Mother Hen!
Marans Chicken: April Breed of the Month – Countryside Network
When Will My Chicken Start Laying Eggs?
The Miracle of Chickens’ Feathers
The Chicken Chick®: Caring for Broody Hens: Facilitating Egg-hatching
Coop to Kitchen – 5 Tips to Ensure Clean Eggs from your Backyard Chickens | Fresh Eggs Daily®
Are my Chicken Eggs Fertile? | Fresh Eggs Daily®
Chicks Vs. Pullets: What’s The Best Way To Start Your Flock? – Hobby Farms

Feature Article:

Seven Things You Must Prepare Before Your Chicks Arrive

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Great Information about Raising Hatch-A-Longs | The Chicken Chick

Hatching eggs the natural way, everything you need to know is covered in this article.  I referred to this article several times while preparing for my first hatch using a broody Silkie. Thanks Kathy!

What’s New at TBN Ranch

Finally finished predator proofing the last coop, just in time to house Mamma and her new chicks. A great find at a local feed store puts the last finishing touch on my broody coop, a beautiful ramp just the right size… and price!

 

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Welcome Spring!

New Articles for Chicken Keepers | March 26, 2016

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New Articles | March 25, 2016
How Old is the Average Supermarket Egg? | Fresh Eggs Daily®
Cooking Eggs For Chickens | Backyard Poultry Magazine
Chicken Wire or Hardware Cloth for Coops – Timber Creek Farm
Secrets To Predator-Proofing Your Chicken Coop | Off The Grid News
Sick Chickens? Spot the Symptoms [Infographic] – Hobby Farms
Fox Deterrent | Nite Guard
Dominique Chickens: Heritage Poultry Breeds
Delaware | Whitmore Farm   About the Delaware Chicken
Barred Plymouth Rock Will Rock Your Flock – The Fowl Blog
How to Get Rid of Your Chickens’ External Parasites – For Dummies

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What’s New at TBN Ranch
Below is one of two coops that has been predator proofed, I’m confident there’s no chance of any predator ever getting inside. My once not so handy husband is turning into quite a hand! He’s not much into the chickens, but he was pretty upset about the coyote attack and this is what he did for our feathered family members. Coop is now raised 21″ high, and and has a solid wood floor. I dare even a tiny sparrow to find entry!

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This coop is where chicks go after they leave the brooder, they’ll stay here until they’re ready to join the flock at about four months old.

Piper and Cookie, a Standard Cochin and Buff Silkie are the only youngsters who survived the predator ordeal three weeks ago. They are from my Fall 2015 chicks, and although integrated into the existing flock, still stick together as best pals. So happy they still have each other. They’re inseparable, they even lay their eggs together!

I’ve said in the past to keep flock members that are all about the same size to minimize bullying… but I’m kinda sorta changing my mind about that. Piper is close to seven pounds and Cookie is barely a pound, no problems with the other lightweights in the flock either. However, let’s just say it’s always a good idea to keep in mind that sometimes size does matter in the chicken world.

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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

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