Raising Freedom Ranger Chickens For Meat

Raising Freedom Ranger Chickens For Meat

A cold front blew in last night. When we awoke my husband built the first fire of the season, just to knock the chill out of the air. I wrapped myself in my flannel pajamas and stepped outside to enjoy the crisp morning smells from the front porch. As I sat on the...
Raising Baby Chicks: Brooder Box Basics

Raising Baby Chicks: Brooder Box Basics

Either you’ve hatched some chicks out in an incubator, you’ve picked up a few chicks locally, or you’ve mail-ordered day old chicks from a hatchery… Now what? It’s time to build a brooder box! Actually, in a perfect world you would have...
How To Hatch Chicks In An Incubator

How To Hatch Chicks In An Incubator

When we first got our incubator three years ago, we were so excited and could hardly wait to use it. When we got home we grabbed the first two fresh eggs we could gather and stuck them straight into the styrofoam contraption. We figured we’d just add eggs as we...
A Teeny Tiny Wind Egg

A Teeny Tiny Wind Egg

We got the funniest surprise in our nesting box today. Jada went out early to collect the first of the morning eggs. I was in the kitchen getting a snack together for baby Elias when she came bursting through the backdoor, “Mommy! Guess what I found!” She...

A Chicken Coop Hospital Ward

Yesterday, we built a hospital ward in our chicken coop. It’s nothing fancy, just an old rabbit hutch converted into a small pen for times when we need to separate a chicken from the flock. There was a ledge on the back of the coop that wasn’t being used...

Egg Eating Chickens & Woodchips in the Run

Over the past couple of weeks, our egg production has significantly dropped. We were getting 5-6 eggs per day, and then all of a sudden we were getting *maybe* ONE. I wasn’t sure what was going on, until one day I discovered the problem. Our hens were eating...