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. Read Article
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.
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.
Brooder For Your Chicks TBN Ranch
A brooder for chicks is a special enclosure or container designed to provide a warm and safe environment for newly hatched chicks to grow and develop until they are fully feathered. Learn More
The primary role of a rooster in a flock of chickens is to fertilize the eggs laid by the hens. Aside from fertilizing eggs, roosters also play a protective role in the flock. They are naturally aggressive and territorial animals that will defend their hens from predators… Continue Reading
Seasonal Chicken Keeping
Keeping Chickens in Extreme Heat TBN Ranch
Is your chicken yard and coop suitable to sustain the well-being of your flock in the summer? It’s essential to prepare for extreme heat, or your birds may suffer from heat exhaustion… Read More
Nest Box & Bedding Gallery | TBN Ranch More than 100 to View!
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
Creative Roost Ideas TBN Ranch
There are so many different types of roosts, which one is best for your coop? Your birds need something suitable to roost on at night, it can be an old ladder, or maybe something you design from scrap lumber. Or… you can be creative and come up with something totally unique. Here are over 50 types to inspire you. View Now
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.
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.
The freshness and safety of eggs can vary depending on several factors, including how they are stored and whether they are raw or cooked. However, I can offer you the basic safety guidelines to follow. There is also an easy float test that can determine the age of an egg. Read Article
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.