Winterizing the Chicken Run

Our weather here in Minnesota is turning colder and the nights are hovering near freezing, so it is time to winterize our Run. We utilize a corn crib for our run; it’s features include metal sides, metal roof, dirt floor, connections to both the summer and winter coops.  Even during the frosty winter months, I…

Eggs Galore

My hens are laying very well, and that means we have more eggs than we need.  Certainly, we give eggs away to friends and family, and we eat a lot of eggs, but we still seem to have a large part of our refrigerator dedicated to egg storage.  All these eggs have forced me to…

My Favorite Feeder and Waterer

Ask any chicken farmer (or farmer) what their favorite waterer and feeder is, and you should be prepared for a wealth of information. All animals need food and water, and there are many different options for every animal available.  It is critical after all that no matter what animal you are raising, it must have…

All My Chicken Research Didn’t Teach Me…

Before we began raising chickens, I did a fair amount of research. I wanted to make sure I could provide them with the proper shelter.  I wanted to be sure we had the necessary equipment, that would be easy to maintain, and good for the chickens. I researched multiple breeds, so that I would be…

Fall Foraging

My chickens free-range all spring, summer and fall, but when winter comes, their time outside is more limited due to cold temperatures and snowfalls.  To compensate for their limited winter access to our property, I gather some things in the fall to save and share with them during the frigid winter Minnesota months. I love…

Meet the Chickens

I often hear questions or requests for advice on what breeds of chickens to raise. So, I thought I would more formally introduce you to the breeds represented in my own flock. Rhode Island Red The Rhode Island Red was the first breed of chickens I started with, based on advice from my dad.  I…

Molting

The days are growing shorter and the nights a bit cooler; which means summer is fading into fall. It also means that some of my hens have begun to molt. Molting is when a chicken loses its feathers and replaces them with new ones. The molting process is a natural way for chickens lose old,…

Dirty Eggs

I hate collecting dirty eggs, really, I hate it! Recently it seemed I was collecting more and more dirty eggs. I do not wash my eggs before I store them, so for me having clean eggs is very important. The reason I don’t wash them is because I don’t want to wash off the “bloom”…

Rubber Egg Found

Yesterday, upon my nightly check of the hens, I found a small egg randomly on the floor of the run. When I picked the egg up I realized instantly it was missing its shell. Yup, a rubber egg. A rubber egg, or shell-less egg is simply an egg that was laid with only the rubber…

Wanda Needs A Pedicure

Wanda is one of my Buff Orpington hens and over the course of the summer her nails have become overgrown. Normally my hens wear down their nails on their own, but in Wanda’s case this didn’t happen so a trimming was in need. This process can seem a bit stressful for the hens, but they…