After numerous issues, it was determined the TBN Ranch blog needed an updated theme to accommodate today’s technology. Seems easy enough right? No. Seven years of posts needed to be edited, and reformatted to some extent. Well let me tell you, this has been quite a chore to say the least! Please be patient with me while I complete this GIANT blog overhaul. The good news is, I’m half done, maybe in a week or so it will be back to normal… maybe even better!
From the Farm…
The desert is in full bloom this time of year, including my Saguaro cactus. It’s astounding beauty has stood with integrity for over 100 years.
From the Chicken Yard…
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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
Seven Things You Must Prepare Before Your Chicks Arrive
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!
Dead, missing, and terrified chickens. A scenario more disturbing than any horror flick could ever portray. Some of my birds were just killed, others eaten with nothing left of their existence but a pile of feathers. Coyotes, no doubt. They don’t just take what they need to satisfy hunger, they kill just to kill, and often in large numbers.
So how did this happen? I’ve written time and time again how to protect a flock from predators. Unfortunately, I failed the simplest and most important step of all… to close the coop door at night. I was tired, fell asleep and just plain forgot. My fault, and I’m fessing up because I want everybody to remember that it only takes one time of neglect for something like this to happen.
All my young Silkie pullets, one hen, and Wilson, my rooster are gone. So sad, this will never, never, never happen again.
Marek’s disease is an insidious disease that catches many keepers by surprise. Its effect on your flock can be devastating.
We’ve discussed Marek’s in the past, however there is much mis-information out there, so this article will clarify matters for you and your birds… Continue Reading