Category: Chickens

Pick The Best Day For Hatching Eggs

Hatched Chick

I’m a great believer in agricultural traditions and folk wisdom. That’s because much of what I learned about homesteading was passed onto me by the two generations of garden farmers that came before me. Heeding their advice enabled much success and fewer homesteading failures. One bit of advice that was given to me by those…

Roosters – The Sacred Bird of January

A Dark Brahma Rooster

Did you know that the month of January, and the first day of every month during the year is associated with roosters? Well it’s true and I’ll tell you why. January is named for the ancient Etruscan god Janus. Janus/Jana was an androgynous, mythical creator sun-god and was considered to be the keeper of the…

Speckled Sussex Chickens

I don’t keep as many laying hens as I use to. Now that there’s just the two of us,six to eight good hens supply my kitchen with more than enough eggs. Through the years I’ve owned many different types and breeds of chickens. Thirty years ago when I was a new homesteader Speckled Sussex were…

Chicken House Gets A Paint Job

Chicken House Looking Rough

Remember my chicken house that needed a paint job? Well it got one last week. With scrapping and a little sanding the surface was easily prepared. Spots that were worn down to bare wood received two coats of paint primer with plenty of drying time in between coats. When all the surfaces were primed, two…

How To Keep Snakes Out Of The Chicken House

Chicken House On Above Ground Skids

I hate snakes. Big or small – snakes  really freak me out. Maybe I have too much monkey DNA in me or something, because snakes are the only creature that I do encounter regularly here on the farm that I’m afraid of. I know I’m in good company because even Indiana Jones has a bad…

Feather Loss – Molting & Treading Marks in Chickens

Molting Hen In December

In chickens molting and treading marks are the most common reasons for feather loss. Both conditions are perfectly natural and usually require no human intervention. MOLTING About once a year chickens go through a molt. Molting is the time that a chicken will shed their old feathers and grow new ones. It is a completely…

Granny Miller Radio – A Beginner’s Guide To Chickens

Cornish X Rock Meat Chicken

Here’s a blast from the past! A Beginner’s Guide To Chickens. It’s my favorite podcast from the old GRANNY MILLER RADIO. Please note that this is a podcast that has been illustrated with images that I happened to have. Not all images will correspond to what is being said. Here’s some resources that are mentioned in…