Chickens

Chickens, life

Essential Supply List to Raise Baby Chicks

Essential Supply List for Baby Chicks

I remember when I first thought about raising chickens.  Then, out of the blue, my husband ordered 25 chickens and told me to get ready.  I had no idea what I was doing!  Thus began the frantic searching of Pinterest and reading every article I could find about raising chickens. So, if you are like […] Read more…

How to Raise Meat Chickens

How to Raise Meat Chickens

How to Raise Meat Chickens When my husband and I first started raising chickens, we decided to raise some meat chickens as well.  We wanted to see what the “hype” was about.  Through the journey, I have discovered that raising meat chickens is a relatively simple and easy process that anyone could do. Where to […] Read more…

How to Store and Clean Fresh Eggs

How to Store and Clean Fresh Eggs

One of the first questions I had when starting to raise chickens was why aren’t eggs refrigerated?  Another question was how long will eggs last on the counter?  After doing some research and experiencing gathering my own chicken’s eggs, I have found my answers and they surprise even me! Why aren’t eggs refrigerated? Eggs that are laid […] Read more…

How Smart Are Chickens? www.homesteadfamilia.com

How Smart are Chickens?

How smart are chickens?  I think we have all watched many movies depicting chickens as dumb, insensitive, non-caring, silly little creatures.  We used to think that chickens were only capable of laying an egg per day and then just going on their merry way.  But did you know that chickens are actually as smart as […] Read more…

December Egg Report - www.homesteadfamilia.com

December Egg Report

I am so excited to share my December egg report with you!  All December long, I have kept track of how many eggs my chickens were laying.  We’ve all read the articles that during the winter, chickens tend to lay less eggs.  They may even stop laying eggs.  That’s why I decided to keep track […] Read more…

How to Handle an Aggressive Rooster

How to Tame an Aggressive Rooster

I’m having a little issue right now with my rooster….he’s attacking me!  My little baby that I raised from a chick has turned on its’ owner.  What is the solution to taming an aggressive rooster besides having a good ole’ fashioned barbecue? Lots of articles I’ve read have said that you should hold your roosters […] Read more…

How to Transfer Chickens to their New Coop - www.homesteadfamilia.com

How to Transfer Chickens to their New Coop

I’m such a push-over when it comes to my chickens.  They’re so adorable when they are babies and are turning into teenagers.  It must be the problem where things are cuter when they are smaller.  That’s how I felt about my chickens.  And then came the fateful day when the chickens needed to be transferred to […] Read more…

Egg Allergies

Today I’ll talk about something very personal to me and that is egg allergies.  Did you even know that existed?  I didn’t until I turned about 18. Growing up, like every good mother, my mom would make me eggs.  Scrambled, fried, over easy, you name it, and my mom could make it.  (Yes, dad, you […] Read more…

My Story

Maybe you’re wondering how I got started with chickens.  Maybe not.  But I’m going to tell you my story anyways. It all started when I met my handsome husband, Luis.  Luis is Mexican and grew up for the first 10 years of his life living on a ranch in Mexico that was on the side […] Read more…

10 Unique Gift Ideas for a Chicken Lover

10 Gift Ideas for the Chicken-Lover

If you are a homesteader like me, there are many practical and nonsensical gifts I could give and receive.  Maybe you have a chicken-lover in your life and want gift ideas for them.  I’ve assembled a list of 10 gift ideas for the chicken-lover in your life. Gift Ideas For the Practical Chicken Lover Incredible […] Read more…

Tell Chickens Apart With Chicken Charms

If you’ve read my beginner story with chickens, then you will remember that I started out my journey with 27 baby chicks.  And if you have ever raised chickens, then you know that all chicks look EXACTLY the same.  You could have the most exotic looking chicken, but as a baby it looks just as […] Read more…

What are Fairy Eggs?

I love my chickens.  They are usually full of surprises.  We got our first fairy egg and it’s super adorable.  What are fairy eggs you ask?  When I first saw one, I knew I had to discover what these little cuties were. What are fairy eggs? Fairy eggs go by many different names, including “fart” […] Read more…

Can Chickens Catch a Cold?

As cold and flu season is coming through the Midwest, can a cold affect your chickens?  Can chickens catch the common cold?  Can I give my chickens my cold?  All of these are questions that have run through my mind during this season. A cold for a human generally refers to an upper respiratory infection, […] Read more…

Can Chickens Eat Mice

Can chickens eat mice?  I was researching an issue when I stumbled across an article that explained a method to catch mice so that your chickens could eat them.  The article then went on to explain that chickens are omnivores.  My mind was blown.  I had never heard of that before.  So of course, I […] Read more…

When Do Chickens Start Laying Eggs

I’ll be the first to say that when I first got chickens, I had no idea how much I would love it.  I feel as though chickens are like dogs, just easier to maintain and take care of.  Chickens love their owners.  All they require is food, water, and shelter.  Plus, they give you eggs […] Read more…

night vision

Can Chickens See in the Dark?

I live in the Central Timezone and we recently went through daylight savings time.  That means that our clocks get turned back one hour.  Now we can wake up to sunshine, but it also means that it gets dark out by 4:00 p.m.  I didn’t realize the implications of this until driving home from work […] Read more…

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