Gardening with Chickens: Plants to Avoid

by: the good life ani’t easy

It’s a question I get asked a lot, what plants are poisonous to hens?
As part of my answer you need to remember that hens are foragers – they nibble plants here and there, and then set off scratching for more bugs. Because the honest answer is that there are LOTS of plants that are considered toxic to chickens but, in my experience, most hens know not to eat them. Continue Reading

First Eggs

Finally after 29 weeks my March chicks started laying. Usually my birds reach their point of lay at about 18 weeks, this year was far from the usual. I blame the delay on weather, this year Phoenix experienced brutal heat. Most of July and August hit 110, with a few days reaching 118. Although my ladies have a mist system and a fan, this kind of weather takes it’s toll.
Cooler weather has arrived, that means happy birds… and that’s what fills the egg basket.

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Why Do Roosters Crow?

Photo by: Dušan Smetana

This Is Why Roosters Crow

IT’S LESS ABOUT THE SUNRISE AND MORE ABOUT PICKING A FIGHT
by Ashley Moor

Even if you’ve never actually heard a rooster crow, you’re likely familiar with an old adage—that a rooster’s crow heralds the impending sunrise. To a certain degree, that’s true. Similar to other birds, roosters actually have an internal clock that helps them anticipate the sunrise. But the rooster’s crow serves a greater purpose than mere early-morning buzzer… Continue Reading

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