Unfortunate Outcome on Hatch Day

During the incubation period mother nature decided to bring record breaking 117 degree temperatures in Phoenix for a few days. I’m blaming the weather for a failed hatch.  Mother hen is out with the flock again, and she seemed quite happy to get out of the brooder coop.  Next month I’ll try again.

Silkies 5-29-15

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New Chicken Keeping Articles | June 20, 2015

A collection of chicken keeping articles from across the web archived in one convenient library on our menu bar.

June 20, 2015
11 Reasons to Keep Backyard Chickens – Urban Farm.
A Chicken Coop Remodel | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
5 Ways to Make Coop-Cleaning Easier – Hobby Farms.
7 Tips to Prevent Respiratory Infection in Poultry – Hobby Farms.
Chicken Quarters: 5 Ways to Spruce Up an Aging Coop – Urban Farm.
Chicken Quarters: My Hens Are Laying Fewer Eggs—What Should I Do? – Urban Farm.

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Hens at the Gate

Waiting for Breakfast…

Silkies 11-25-14

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.

TBN Ranch 2 11-25-14

 

Junk is Not Always Junk

Pouring rain, in the 50’s,  and I have 10 week old Silkie chicks who haven’t figured out their shelter is the comfort zone. I know in time they’ll all march into their raised dog house filled with hay every night to roost, but for now it’s become a manual job for me.

When weather threatens the chicks well being it’s more than a chore, it’s a problem. I couldn’t keep them safe from the elements yesterday, they were wet, and their food source was in the shelter to keep from ruin. Without a door on the shelter there was no way to keep them inside, so I went to the garage and rifled through my stash of junk treasures looking for a solution.

Last year I bought a new stove, I felt foolish removing the oven racks and saving them, but I did it anyway. They could be used to cover a brooder box, or an emergency make- shift door on a kennel, or maybe to repair a fence.. who knows!  Well, wouldn’t you know, my oven rack was a perfect fit over the opening of the coop for the chicks.  Whew! All the girls are toasty warm in their shelter and Mom can relax without worry.

Big Bang Chicks 11-23-13