Chickens are the gateway animal to homesteading. You have been warned. Once you have them, you will be hooked. Chickens make a fantastic contribution to any backyard that they are welcomed into, and they are quite addictive.
Choosing the right egg laying chicken breeds for your backyard is an overwhelming task. There are literally hundreds of chicken breeds available and they all lay eggs. When you are looking for a hen that lays lots of eggs, you need a layer breed rather than a meat or dual purpose breed. Continue reading “Top 3 Heritage Egg Laying Chicken Breeds | Backyard Eggs”
Our rabbits live in a colony, and they have been using metal bowls for their water. However they always tip over their water bowls before everyone has had a chance to have a drink. I decided that it was time to make an automatic waterer for the rabbits and another one the same for the chickens.
At this time of year there are a lot of people buying baby chickens and other baby poultry. They are fragile little beings that need to be kept safe and warm. This expandable DIY chicken brooder is exactly what you need.
Chickens LOVE their dust baths, and surprisingly rabbits naturally roll in dust too! Why not set up a suped-up dust bath for them to help treat parasites while they are at it? You will need one dust bath for every 10- 15 or so chickens or every 5 adult rabbits, and put it somewhere it won’t get rained on so they can use it all year long. Continue reading “The Ultimate Chicken and Rabbit Dust Bath Recipe”
In general small numbers of fleas, lice or mites seldom cause any issue, but given the right conditions, their populations will explode exponentially.
Sadly I candled our eggs at 14 days, and not too surprisingly found no signs of life 🙁 . So it is official our first incubator failed. Not put off, I found a styrofoam box that I had been sent something in from overseas and I decided to try and re-make the incubator and order some fresh eggs.
So despite me trialing the DIY egg incubator for 24 hours and it holding its temperature well during the trial, we had a disaster! I moved the box into the laundry and set it up with the eggs and the auto-turner and all went well until I checked in on everyone in the morning to find 1) the temperature was only 35C (we are aiming for 36.5-38.5)and 2) the auto-turner was not turning anything – the bolt that held it on to the egg tray thingy had worked its way loose and it was gyrating all by itself in the corner.
Yesterday our fertilized eggs arrived with the mailman (lady)! This is our first attempt at incubating eggs are we are using our home made incubator, so wish us luck! Continue reading “Incubating Eggs at Home – Part One”
Not surprisingly, I have another experiment running. I have built our own egg incubator for a fraction of what you can buy them for. DIY incubators are notorious for being a great idea, with low success rates, but if you have a source of free fertile eggs it could be worth a try!