Introducing Chickens to an Existing Flock

Tips to Help Minimize the Drama

Haven’t ever brought new chickens to an existing flock? Well, this can be an experience you won’t forget any time soon.
Best to understand the pecking order now before you learn the hard way… Continue Reading

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My Successful Introduction of a New Pullet

The Step by Step Process of Introducing a New Chicken to an Existing Semi-Confined Flock

Anybody who raises chickens knows the drama of adding a new bird… and that’s where I am now.  My 2014 Silkie chicks have been in plain sight of an established flock since they were 7 weeks old. Does that mean they’ll all get along? Heck no! Continue Reading

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Caring for Chicks | A Collection of Articles by the Experts

First time raising chicks? Here’s multiple articles by the experts to help you with your questions, concerns, and set-up guidelines.
Raising chicks can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience, learn how to prepare for your chicks arrival so you can enjoy them with ease.

Caring for chicks by experts

Article Contributors

Tractor Supply Co. •  My Pet Chicken • Mother Earth News • Ideal Poultry • The Chicken Chick • Murray McMurray • Cackle Hatchery • The Old Farmers Almanac • Urban Chickens • Backyard Chickens

Taking Chicken Keeping a Step Further, Candling Eggs

Are you still in the dark about candling eggs?  This article will walk you through it with descriptive and detailed pics. Or, you can be lazy like me and just wait to see if your eggs hatch! It’s a sure thing my way, if they hatch, they were fertile, if not…  they weren’t.  ha ha!

by Jono’s Urban Farm
Growing & eating small scale, local, ethical and sustainable produce.

So you’ve got chooks and a rooster and you want some chicks. But how do you know if the rooster is doing his job?

The way to check eggs to see if they are fertile is called “candling”.  Continue Reading

More links from Jono’s Urban Farm…
Candling Eggs Progression Through Incubation :” There are some particular detailed signs to look for at all stages of growth

Disinfecting Your Coop, Here’s How

Given your Coop a Thorough Cleaning Lately?

Disinfecting your coop is a crucial step which the small flock owner might normally overlook. Disinfectants should be applied only after the building and equipment have been thoroughly cleaned, ideally right after rinsing. Disinfectants can be applied by sprays, aerosols or fumigation.

Don’t be intimidated by the thought of “fumigating” your hen house: for most small flock facilities, using a garden type sprayer is the easiest method, and chances are you already have a suitable disinfectant around the house. The types of disinfectants generally used are phenolic compounds (e.g., Pine-sol, One Stroke, Osyl),  iodine or iodophors, (e.g., Betadine and Weladol), chlorine compounds (e.g., Clorox, generic bleach), quaternary ammonium compound (e.g., Roccal D Plus) and oxidizing compounds (e.g., Virkon S, Oxy-Sept 333).

Follow the manufacturer’s directions for mixing and dilution of these disinfectants.  A good rule of thumb is to apply at the rate of one gallon of diluted disinfectant per 150-200 square feet of surface area. For a more thorough disinfecting, soak waterers and feeders in a 200 ppm chlorine solution (1 tablespoon chlorine bleach per gallon of boiling water).

Source:  Cornell University | Small Farms Program

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