Can I Get Histoplasmosis From My Chickens?

Histoplasmosis under the microscope

Wondering what histoplasmosis is – and whether you can get it from your chickens, an incredibly dangerous fungal disease? Yes, you can catch histoplasmosis, and not just from your chickens, but fron other birds as well. On the homestead, you can typically catch it as you clean out the poop by stiring up the funal … Read more

How to Set Up a Brooder for Your Chicks

ducklings and baby chicks in brooder

Getting new chicks – especially if it is your first time, is quite exciting. But, if you fail to set up the brooder and start the little flock members properly, tragedy can strike. While there is no need to purchase an expensive commercially manufactured brooder, the habitat must conform to the basic needs of the … Read more

19 Chicken Coop Must-Haves for a Happy Flock

chickens

Keeping your flock both happy and healthy begins and ends with coop setup and maintenance. Even if you free-range your poultry birds daily like I do, the attributes of the coop still play a significant role in the overall demeanor and wellness. You will need to provide not just the basics (food, water, and bedding), … Read more

The 14 Best Rooster Breeds to Choose From

bantam rooster

Roosters are a necessary evil on the homestead. Yes, I am classifying them as evil – I wouldn’t have a few months ago, but this last rowdy row was sentenced to the freezer early because I had simply had enough of his attacks on, well… every person and critter who walked within 40 feet of … Read more

10 Best Egg-Laying Chicken Breeds

A Columbian Wyandotte

If you’re considering getting your very own flock of chickens, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans keep chickens these days; you can find them on homesteads as well as in the backyards of suburban America as well. One of the best reasons to keep chickens is for the fresh eggs that they produce. There is … Read more

30 Chicken Diseases You Absolutely Must Know

sick baby chick

If you are interested in raising chickens, you likely have made this decision because chickens are one of the easiest kinds of livestock you can raise. While there’s not much you need to do in order to help them thrive, it is possible for your backyard flock to be infected with one of many different … Read more

How to Collect Chicken Eggs and How Often

chicken eggs

Getting farm fresh eggs to scramble, bake, or cook with is just one of the many joys that come from keeping a flock of chickens or ducks. But, when and how you both collect and store eggs plays a massive role in their longevity. How Often Should You Collect Chicken Eggs? Collecting chickens eggs should … Read more

The Wyandotte Chicken Breed – A Review

WYANDOTTE chickens

If you’re a homesteader now or aspire to be one, sooner or later you’re going to start a backyard chicken flock. If you’re planning on getting those chickens soon, you should start thinking about what kind of breed you’d like to get. The so-called dual-purpose birds, which lay eggs reliably and also grow big enough … Read more