7 Coop Bedding Materials and How to Choose the Right One

Customize your coop’s bedding material. Here are options that will keep your chickens healthy and prevent their eggs from cracking.

by Kristina Mercedes Urquhart / Hobby Farms

The litter you provide to your flock in their coop, run, nest boxes or other enclosures isn’t just a luxury. Sufficient litter provides a secure foundation for chickens’ legs and feet, a soft landing for eggs… Continue Reading

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Pros and Cons of Keeping a Rooster

by: Rural Living Today

Keeping a rooster or not? When it comes to resident roosters, there are pros and cons consider when keeping a rooster. Here are some things to think about.

Keeping a rooster has several positive roles in a flock of chickens.
A rooster provides fertilization services to the hens in the flock.
He’ll serve as a guard and defender against perceived and actual danger. Continue Reading

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Working on Blog Update

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…

New Articles for Chicken Keepers | April 29, 2016

Articles for Chicken Keepers, by Chicken Keepers is an updated collection of chicken keeping articles from across the web archived in one convenient library on our menu bar.

Have an article to submit? Send it to amyichi@yahoo.com with ARTICLE SUBMISSION on the subject line.

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!

 

Prickly Pear 6-2015

Welcome Spring!