chickens

  1. L

    Lazy Gardener's Little Town Farm

    I'm starting this thread for miscellaneous trivia that is pertinent to my management of my little bit of heaven. Hopefully, this will keep me from hijacking other folks threads with my trivia. Hubby and I purchased this 4+ acre parcel of land in Central Maine 42 years ago. We built our own...
  2. BarredBuff

    Re-Thinking My Nest Boxes

    I am in the process of renovating and repairing my main chicken coop. It is about 10 years old, and it needs some repairs made. My back wall is rotting out due the consistently wet weather we get. I failed to paint early on and I am paying the price for it now. However, it is minor and can be...
  3. Beekissed

    Deep Litter

    The topic comes up on occasion, so thought it would be nice to have a thread on it. Post pics, vids, articles and whatever comes to mind about how you cultivate or manage your deep litter. When most folks talk about deep litter it's often describing using a deep thickness of whatever bedding...
  4. milkmansdaughter

    Free range versus pellet fed chickens--- WARNING GRAPHIC pics

    We culled one of our hens today along with four young roosters. ALL five birds came from the same people, but we got the hen last summer, and the roosters last night. We switched to Fermented Feed and free ranging at the end of October, so the hen has had 3 months of FF and free ranging. In case...
  5. milkmansdaughter

    Free range versus pellet fed chickens--- WARNING GRAPHIC pics

    We culled one of our hens today along with four young roosters. ALL five birds came from the same people, but we got the hen last summer, and the roosters last night. We switched to Fermented Feed and free ranging at the end of October, so the hen has had 3 months of FF and free ranging. In...
  6. Beekissed

    All Cooped Up~the coop and run thread

    Thought it would be nice to have a place to talk about our setups, our seasonal changes, post pics and plans for coops, for the never ending coop tweaks, etc. I have a hoop coop, so each year I do the biannual changing of the tarps, from shade to sun and back again. I also take the feed...
  7. H

    Vote for me to help me get my chickens please?

    Hello. Would anyone please be so incredibly kind as to please do me a huge favor and send an email, with your name (you may use an alias!) and the subject ''VOTING HEIDI'S CHICKENS'' to '' VOTE@FLPERMACULTURECONVERGENCE.ORG '' You will be helping me win a grant to finally be able to get my...
  8. Beekissed

    Butchering Chickens~all aspects.

    Thought we should have a thread on butchering poultry so we can discuss different methods, how and when we do it, and how we process the meat for eating thereafter. Today I'm deboning the first batch of stewing hens that I butchered on Monday. The meat will be cut into bite sized pieces and...
  9. Beekissed

    What happens to layers when they stop laying~WARNING: GRAPHIC PICS

    I always discourage newbies to chickens from getting the production layer birds. Unless someone is experienced in poultry and practice regular culling of spent layers, they are a poor, poor choice, particularly if someone is wanting to have pet chickens. I know the high production is...
  10. milkmansdaughter

    Trade shows and other fun...

    We are on our way home from our first Alabama trade show with 6 more chickens and a new pen. We spent a lot of time telling each other ,"no, we do not need/are not ready for a goat/kitten/puppy/pig/turkey/duck/violin/DVD player" (And no! @baymule, we really don't need pigs...yet! :lol:) We...
  11. milkmansdaughter

    Help, perch width

    @Joel_BC @Britesea @Hinotori @baymule @Beekissed @crealbilly How wide are the roosts your chickens rest on at night? I read that chickens like to sleep at night flat-footed, but all the DIY roosts I've seen have 2x2 roost bars (including mine) would 2x4's be better? What's inside your roosts?
  12. milkmansdaughter

    Alabama transplant: busy and behind...

    Hi All, I'm new here. I've bounced around the country but am now in Alabama. We're new to homesteading but not new to gardening. We just bought two acres and have pecan and black walnut trees, a fig tree, pear trees, an apple tree, wildly overgrown grape vines. Since October, we've added...
  13. Beekissed

    Livestock Guardian Dogs

    As many of us have such breeds or are contemplating them for future homesteading needs, I thought it would be nice to have a thread dedicated to them and folks who have them or breed them can contribute and teach us things. Here's one of the best vids I've seen lately on LGDs...just a simple...
  14. Beekissed

    Creating more nutritious free range for your flocks

    Since I arrived back on this parcel of land, I've been trying to cultivate a richer pasture for the chickens. My Mom mows the place and she and Dad always scalped the land each time, their thinking is the shorter you mow, the less you have to mow. So, I had to change that thinking and finally...
  15. Beekissed

    Cats on the Homestead

    Thought I better give equal service to my other homestead work partners, the wonderful predator and all around great mouser, the homestead or barn cat. Post about your cats here! For some years we didn't have a cat, as cats disappear out here in the country....while they are hunting, some...
  16. samssimonsays

    New member from Northern Minnesota!

    Hi y'all! I am just now joining and I can't believe it. I have referred here in the past as I was researching things for a homestead and just kept going. Now we are a bit closer to being more self sufficient with goats, their milk and making cheese and candies from it, making our own bread...
  17. Beekissed

    Farm Dogs

    The unsung hero of every farm and homestead, the multipurpose, courageous and loyal farm dog! Whether they be LGDs or just family dogs that work for a living, they spend each day keeping the land safe from intruders and predators, while also providing good and sweet companionship. I couldn't...
  18. Beekissed

    Broodies on the Homestead

    As per request, I'm starting a thread on broodies. They are those things that make us go crazy each spring and summer, but also increase our food production in the most natural of ways. If you have broody questions or broody information to ask or impart, this is a thread for that. Whether you...
  19. hqueen13

    Dead Chicken and other issues...

    Yesterday morning I went into the coop to let the girls out and found a dead chicken. I've only had these birds since November, they were not supposed to be that old, maybe a year, and a friend picked them up from a lady who was part of a co-op but was downsizing for the winter. Their beaks were...
  20. NH Homesteader

    Heritage breeds

    This coming week is International Heritage Breeds week. From the email I received from the Livestock Conservancy... "Several factors have contributed to the demise of these rare or “Heritage” breeds, but the leading cause is an increasing reliance on only a few highly specialized breeds in...
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