Tag Archives: Raising Chickens

Being Your Own Vet

January 2, 2013

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Vetting Your Animals

Most preppers put a lot of time and effort into planning ahead for the care of their family members.  We store food staples, first aid items, clothing a size or two ahead, ammunition, and so on.  That’s definitely a wise plan.  But how well stocked are you for your animals? Some medical skills are multi-species, […]

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How Old Are Your Chickens (and Why It Matters)?

November 19, 2012


What do you do with an old chicken?

“Ugh, this is like eating a boiled tennis ball.” That was our first experience with eating one of our own chickens. It wasn’t Laura’s fault though; it had nothing to do with her cooking. She’s got excellent culinary skills. Over time we learned what was going on. Books Smarts vs Experience When we first began […]

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Five Signs Your Chickens Are Eating Their Own Eggs

June 19, 2012


An egg eating chicken is hard to reform

Several of our chickens have developed a really bad habit: they’ve begun eating their own eggs. It’s a nasty habit that’s hard to break. In fact, we’ve seldom rehabilitated an egg-eating chicken, so I don’t hold out much hope that this time will be any different. But we’ll see. Egg-Eating Chickens How can you tell […]

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Can I Keep Chickens in My Backyard?

February 17, 2012


backyard chickens

If you have made the decision that you would like to try your hand at keeping some chickens in your backyard, there are a few considerations that you might want to make first, and although you have probably thought of some of these, there just might be a few that might come as a surprise.

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Backyard Chickens, part 16: Wintertime Issues

January 10, 2012


winter barnyard

January has its icy fingers in us after a couple of rather mild days.  Now the time has come in earnest when we will have to bundle up when we go out and take special care with the animals. How is wintertime flock management different? 1.  Keeping drinkable water available While you may have struggled […]

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Why Turkeys are Probably Not the Way to Go

November 1, 2011


turkeys in your prepping

As I mentioned in some previous pieces, we have raised turkeys for about 5 years.  We’ve enjoyed them to some extent, but we have decided they are not a species we would recommend for preparedness. A Little History Turkeys are considered to be indigenous to North America.  They were found in wild flocks by explorers  hundreds […]

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Backyard Chickens, part 15 (What to do when your birds eat their own eggs)

October 25, 2011


chickens that eat their own eggs

Most of the time, if your poultry has appealing nesting boxes, they will contentedly leave their gifts for you and go about their business scratching for insects and seeds, bathing in the dust, etc.  Occasionally, one or two will develop a very bad habit of eating eggs. How does this happen? It usually starts with […]

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Useful Things to Do with Eggshells

October 3, 2011


How to use eggshells

Hopefully, your backyard flock of poultry is paying dividends now with daily gifts of healthy protein.  If you are fortunate, you are now spoiled by the delicious difference between anemic store-bought battery hen eggs and golden-yolked, nutrient-dense free range chicken eggs. But what to do with all those eggshells? One of the things that preparedness […]

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Backyard Chickens, Part 14 (or Why are my chickens bald and not laying?)

September 19, 2011


chickens molt in the fall

The change of the seasons often bring welcome reminders of times past.  That crisp fall air with a hint of woodsmoke may remind you of campfires and marshmallows.  The piles of pumpkins at roadside stands may bring to mind Thanksgiving pies and extended family rarely seen.  The first frost makes me giddy with the possibility […]

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The Many Varied Uses Of DE (Diatomaceous Earth)

September 9, 2011


What Is Diatomaceous Earth? If you are not familiar with DE, it stands for diatomaceous earth.  It is composed of the remains of microscopic aquatic organisms that formed layers that can be mined.  The safe, multi-purpose kind is a white powder (“amorphous silica”), labeled as “food grade.”  It contains minerals like iron and silica and […]

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