How to Break a Broody Hen

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Broody-Hens-Collage

This Spring we’ve had more trouble than ever before with broody hens.  My girls are bound and determined to hatch some eggs.  Just one problem – there are no mature roosters at Chicken Scratch right now. Nearly every time I go out to gather eggs, there is a hen in the nest.  And sometimes I even… Read more »

Bio-Security for the Backyard Chicken

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BioSecurity Coop Shoes

Bio-Security The first time I heard that word I thought of people in hazmat suits.  And on large chicken farms where eggs, meat or chicks provide a significant source of income, bio-security measures are certainly more extreme.  Some farms don’t allow visitors at all, for fear of bringing disease into their flocks.  Most of us… Read more »

To Wash or Not To Wash: Egg Washing Options

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Egg Wash Solutions

It’s a dilemma for chicken keepers everywhere, especially when we enjoy sharing or selling our overabundance of eggs with others.  For some it seems like a no-brainer – Do you know where chicken eggs come from?!?  For others who come from families who have kept chickens for generations, washing eggs seems unnecessary and even detrimental. It’s true,… Read more »

Coop Renovations

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Coop Inside Collage

Well, you might have seen my Facebook posts about the Big Spring Cleaning and minor Coop Renovations that have been happening over here lately.  I thought I’d show you how our coop has changed over the last year. Building this coop was an experiment in extreme  budget coop construction.  I am blessed to have my… Read more »

Ready, Set, GO! (aka Incubation 101)

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(A little disclaimer:  I am a stickler for detail.  You can hatch eggs without all the record-keeping and weighing.  Just follow the guide for temperature and humidity if this all seems way too complex.) Get Ready! – The week before incubation If you are new to incubating, you will want to start preparing about a… Read more »

Getting My Brooder Ready

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Brooder shed 1

I’ve raised several batches of chicks in cardboard box brooders in my garage.  But for the first time, this batch of chicks will be raised in the special brooder area that Mr. Fix-It built onto our big coop.  There are several reasons for the move, but primarily because I worry when he is working on something… Read more »

First Candling Day

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Candling Station

Over the weekend, I candled and weighed all our eggs so I wanted to share how I do that and what I found out.  Here are my printable record sheets and candling/weighing instructions, if you need a copy. I always expect to lose lots of eggs at the first candling because not all the eggs… Read more »