Where do you live? Will you be getting snow this winter?
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
With fall here and winter on the way, I can't help but reminisce about the garden we had this summer. We worked on our yard all summer, put in raised beds, hauled in gravel to go around our fire pit, weeded, mulched, composted and planted...it was a lot of work!
Monday, October 20, 2014
Good Morning!! So excited about today's post, I love experimenting with different recipes and I can't wait to share this one from Fresh Eggs Daily. If you've never read or seen this blog before, head over right now and start :) It's my go to blog for all of my chicken qualms! Here's my take on the recipe, you will need the following:
-Apple Cider Vinegar (which I will now call ACV from this point on)
-A glass Mason Jar
-Various Herbs, I chose what I had available lemon balm, mint, rosemary, thyme, and...hmmm what was the last one? I can't remember...I can see it in the picture just can't remember the name ha!
All my ingredients ready to go.
Just pour your ACV in the jar, add garlic, then herbs, put the lid on, and place in a sunny window :)
Now I will be adding this concoction to my hens water, since I already add straight up ACV to their water for various reasons, I feel like this will be a suped up version with way more health benefits for my girls!
Why do I use ACV?
ACV can act as a mild antiseptic, and helps to produce good bacteria in your hens, I also find it keeps the green scumminess from producing in my waterer. Please note only use ACV in plastic waterers, as it will rust metal ones....Is waterer a real word?
What's up with the herbs?
Herbs have many uses, the ones I chose in particular help to increase overall immune health to my birds :)
Sunday, October 19, 2014
I've been experimenting with treats lately to see what chickens like and don't like. I've come to the conclusion that they like everything, and only sort of don't like bananas.
Some of their favourites include; cranberries, avocado, cabbage, boiled eggs, and turkey. Yes they eat their own eggs, and no it's not bad for them. It's perfectly fine :) They need extra protein certain times of the year, and I will not feed them cat food like some people do. Yuck.
Sorry that's not for me. I wouldn't risk my eggs starting to taste like cat food.
So here are the girls enjoying some Thanksgiving punch garnish leftovers! Right after I fed them this I read a list of do's and don'ts for chicken treats and sure enough citrus was on the list! They seem to be fine...it's been a week and everyone is still alive.
What do your chickens like? How often do you give treats?
Thursday, April 17, 2014
In my 2 almost 3 whole years of backyard chicken raising I have never experienced any injuries or illness...until last Saturday. We went away for the weekend and I got a friend to look after our 3 week old barred rock, and buff orp chicks.
They had been getting along great until Friday night, my friend texted me Saturday morning and said one of my chicks was injured!!! One of my poor buffs was being hen pecked by my barred rocks!! I then proceeded to give detailed instruction on removing the poor chick, and placing her inside the house in a Rubbermaid bin with food and water. She then texted me they were going after another, she removed her as well!!!
In the end I ended up removing all 4 buffs from the barred rocks. And everyone was happy after that :) From this experience I learned I needed to put together a first aid kit for the flock, I had nothing on hand to help my most injured and now favorite chick Lucky!
Here's what I put together, it's pretty basic and I'm sure I'll be adding to it as well.
I started with a clear Rubbermaid case to keep the contents clean and dry.
I included what I thought was most important;
A. Blu-kote it's a spray antiseptic, and protective wound dressing, it's germicidal and fungicidal. It has quite a high alcohol content, so I wouldn't use it on open wounds as it would probably sting. I would spray it on a closed wound, in my case (hen pecking) it works perfect as it comes out blue so it would hide any redness and prevent further picking by other chickens.
B. Betadine, an antiseptic cleanser. Pretty self explanatory would be used to clean wounds.
C. Normal saline, basically salt water used for flushing wounds, or eyes.
D. Hibitane, antibacterial ointment.
G. Cotton swabs, and q-tips. All ointments, and creams, should be applied by q-tip or swabs as to not contaminate the whole bottle. Washes can be poured into small paper cups.
H. Aspirin for pain, and Benedryl for any pesky bug bites or reactions. I've read you can crush these and mix with drinking water.
Disclaimer: I am not a veterinarian. These are things I choose to treat my chickens with from my own research. You should do your own reading as well and find out what works best for you and your flock :)