New Chicken Keeping Articles | May 14, 2016

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New Articles May 14, 2016

: How I Use Herbs in My Coop and Why You Should Too
Olive Egger Chicken: May Breed of the Month – Countryside Network
Understanding the Pecking Order | TBN Ranch
You Don’t Need a Rooster Rescue, Set Up a Bachelor Pad Instead – Countryside Network
Tips on Breaking the Broody Hen | TBN Ranch
Poultry Farming Terminology – What’s in a Name? – Countryside Network
Probiotics and Ferments: They’re Good For Your Chickens, Too! – Hobby Farms
Your Guide to Strong Eggshells | Purina Mills
10 Chicken Coops That Will Make You Want To House Hens (PHOTOS)
Our Top 10 Reasons To Keep A Rooster – Hobby Farms
Keeping Chickens Cool in Summer | TBN Ranch

Feature Article

by The Happy Chicken Coop

Before we ever entertained the idea of keeping chickens in our garden we were long under the impression that you need lots of land to keep chickens- ideally at least an acre of grass. Fortunately, this isn’t the case (unless you are planning on keeping thousands of them!) and you’d be surprised by the actual amount of room chickens need…. Continue Reading

The Happy Chicken Coop

What’s New at TBN Ranch

We are building a new brooder box for our fall chicks! Husband Dan has been working on this custom brooder project for awhile now and it’s really coming along nicely. He decided to make the front glass so the chicks can see the world before they graduate to the grow pen.
The box is raised high enough so chores are easy on my back. The cabinet below will be for feed and supplies. The brooder measures 5ft long, 22inches wide, and will have a removable divider in the center.

The last pic included is Dan’s workbench, I’m amazed this total disaster of unorganized clutter  is what he considers a functional work space. How on earth does he find anything?

Next Project

In the fall talk of another chicken enclosure is also on the table which would be for laying hens of a yet to be decided breed…. but most likely Leghorns and RIR.

Here We Go Again…

Keeping chickens cool 2

Summer is here, it’s only May and the temperature expected today is 104. By the middle of June it will no doubt be 110, and then it only gets worse, with temps exceeding 115+ in July and August.  The chickens will need a lot more attention in such hot weather, but we are prepared with tons of shade cloth and a cooling station in the shade with a hose left on a slow drip to help cool the ground.