FAQ’S About Chickens

Updated: Oct. 2021

TBN Ranch is happy to provide you with resources to help you better care for and understand your backyard chickens.
We are experienced chicken keepers who wish to share our knowledge and assist you in the success of your existing or future flock.

Frequently Asked Questions
What is a brooder & how can I make one?
Do I need to worm my chickens?
What is molting?
When can chicks leave the brooder?
Can chickens fly?
What do chickens eat? / More
How long does a chicken live?

Chicken Keepers Articles
How much space do chickens need?
What kind of bedding should I use?
What is a pecking order?
How do I care for baby chicks? 
Should I worry about Salmonella?
What is a broody hen?
Are there foods poisonous to chickens?
How do I clean eggs?
How do I incubate & hatch eggs?
Where can I learn more about keeping chickens?
Do I need to feed grit to my chicks or chickens?
What is fecal impaction or pasting up?
How do I protect my flock in the winter months?
Chick Starter or Poultry Grower?
What are the names of all the different combs?
How do I keep a hen, her eggs or chicks, safe among the flock?
What can I do to help my chickens in HOT weather?
When will my chicken lay the first egg? Determining the Point of Lay
How to Treat Mites & Lice?
Treating Mice & Lice when the Natural Stuff Isn’t Working | TBN Ranch
What is Radiant Heat | Brinsea EcoGlow?

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Preserving Integrity

With Respect for the Elderly

Yet another obstacle stands in the way of progress. Some folks may find reward in a challenge, but I’m certainly not one of them. Especially if making a decision is on the itinerary. A solution to me must be painless, minimal risk, and be a perfect fit to everybody involved. If it isn’t, my focus is easily distracted by the opinionated, louder voice.

I have managed to stumble my way through life rather painlessly in spite of myself, but there’s still the ongoing test of time to consider. I remember thinking nothing would ever be tougher than raising my children to be, well… what they are.  Nobody knows how to be a mother, you learn as you go, and hope the combination of common sense and human nature guides you.

Now, the shoe is on the other foot, and my common sense is having serious conflict with human nature. My role as a daughter is on strange new territory, and everything I was brought up to be, is testing what I’m not sure I am.  For the sake of my elderly parents, it’s up to me to be stronger and wiser than they are. But having compassion for their integrity may be just as harmful as denying them their freedom to decide.

Determining the quality of life for anyone is a tough call, sometimes even for ourselves. Little things like responsibility, finance, or illness play a substantial role in the path we take.  Oddly enough, what is simply comfortable is often an acceptable definition of happiness by most.  But as folks climb into their final years, comfort is based largely on routine. Home is the safe place and nobody can argue it’s the best place to be when sick or just plain wore out.

I’m not sure it’s my job to decide anyone’s comfort or happiness until I’m asked to. My parents aren’t sick, they’re old. Perhaps I should concentrate more on what they want, rather than what I think they need. Nature has a way of taking care of itself, same as questions have answers…  when there are ones.