If your interested in introducing herbs and natural supplements to your chicken keeping regiment these articles are very helpful. Personally, I’ve no experience with using herbs on my flock, but I’m certainly open to the idea if it will help keep my chickens healthy. A big thank you to these content contributors for sharing their knowledge. 🙂
The Basics of Natural Chicken Keeping
Using herbs and edible flowers, along with some natural supplements, you can keep your flock healthy relatively easily and very inexpensively and thereby avoid vet visits, antibiotics and medications….
For the last few years I’ve been a member of several Facebook farm and chicken groups. I also check out other chicken blogs. I’m curious about, and frankly sometimes question, some of the claims that are made. Recently I posted an article on Feeding Chickens. I know something about basic nutrition and filled in my knowledge gaps with some online research. I wanted to do a follow-up piece on using herbs to improve the health of your flock.
Young chicks commonly suffer from fecal impaction, and if left untreated they will die. The warning signs are listlessness, stumbling, and sometimes a swollen abdomen. Most likely your ailing chick has a dirty bum with caked on fecal matter hindering the ability to poop. What to Do
Building a flock? There are many beautiful chicken breeds to choose from, each having something special to offer. The breeds we chose in this article are primarily birds we are familiar with. Details are specifically about temperament, egg size, egg color, egg production, primary use, and weight.
The brooder is where your chicks will live until they are fully feathered. This article will help you keep them comfortable by understanding their behavior while using a traditional heat lamp or today’s radiant heat alternative. Read Article
If you buy your birds as chicks, you can expect to feed and care for them for 22 to 24 weeks before they reach their point of lay. However, this depends on the breed, time of year, and the level of care they have received. Learn in detail how to determine the point of lay HERE.
A list of our favorite hatcheries & retailers. We have purchased chicks from all these hatcheries and have always been satisfied. Online retailers are also included, especially useful for those hard to find items. Visit Now
Nesting boxes are essential and extremely useful for chickens and their keepers. A clean, private and peaceful space encourages hens to lay eggs all in one place. Without nest boxes, hens will lay their eggs in random places, which is inconvenient for keepers. Here are many ideas to help you find the right nest boxes for your flock. View Now
Most of us end up with leftovers after our Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter feast – that’s part of the fun of the holidays. I am asked all the time what is okay for chickens to have and what’s not. Here are some popular holiday food items and my recommendations on sharing. Let’s start with some leftovers that are okay to share…
I think sometimes feeding can become a controversial topic these days, with organic, non-GMO, etc. We are simply going to share how we handle feeding and watering here at Willow Creek Farm and not go into all the controversial parts of it… Continue Reading