Winter is Here in Phoenix

To most folks, winter means months of cold and snow. Here it means chilly nights averaging around 40 degrees. We might have a few nights when temps drop to freezing, but they are far and few between.
It’s planting season now, and this is Rose checking out one of two new shrubs I planted. By summer they should offer the flock a little more shade, and some yummy flowers to snack on.
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Follow-Up on Strange Bird Sighting

The mystery is over since yesterday’s sighting of this beautiful bird. I learned these birds are Peach-faced Lovebirds.  There’s a website dedicated to these birds with lots of information about their existence in Phoenix. I’ve lived in Phoenix for 25 years and have never seen this bird! I’m honored to have their presence on our little farm. Below is a link to learn more about these pretty parrots who now call Phoenix home even though their natural habitat is so very far away.

Love Birds

Peach-faced Lovebird Range Expansion Data in Greater Phoenix, Arizona Area
Citizen Science reported nest and roost information

The Peach-faced Lovebird is a very pretty small parrot native to South-western Africa. Like many caged birds, accidental releases in urban areas are common. Unlike most accidental releases, this parrot has the potential to rapidly adapt to desert habitats in Arizona… CONTINUE READING

Raising Winter Chicks in Phoenix

Ready to Move your Chicks Outside? No Problem!

TBN Ranch Chicken Keeping Resources

When Can Chicks Be Moved Outside?

It’s a good guess you have your new chicks in a box in the house or garage and are watching them quickly outgrow their safe haven of comfort and warmth.

At about 6-7 weeks old they are becoming a handful, looking a bit crowded in their quarters, and you’ve had enough of keeping up with the mess. I understand your dilemma and have good news for you. We live in Phoenix! With mild winter temperatures, even at 6-7 weeks your chicks will be fine outside with the right housing accommodations. However, first you’ll want to lower the temperature in their brooder over the next few days to get them used to cooler temperatures.

Six weeks old

A suitable coop for 6-7 weeks old chicks is something that will protect them from wind and rain. If your coop is drafty, a large tarp will do…

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Hens at the Gate

Waiting for Breakfast…

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It’s 50 degrees in sunny Phoenix, Arizona this morning.  Today’s expected high is 69. Thanksgiving day should reach a warm 80 degrees.

July 2014

TBN Ranch, once again as it was. Here we are, four months after the devastating monsoon storm that took our barn, many trees, perimeter fencing and property gates.

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