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Tag Archives: Chickens

  • What Should I Do?
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    How to Control Mites and Lice on Chickens

    Managing your flock for optimum health
    by Phil Williams

    Monday, January 27, 2014, 8:31 PM

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    Chickens love to take dust baths. This helps to keep their feathers clean and in good shape, but more importantly it helps to keep them free of mites and lice. Mites and lice can be serious pests of your flock. If chickens are left untreated in an outbreak, the results can be a general weakening, lower egg production, loss of appetite, lethargy, and possibly death. Your chickens should be active all day. If they are not moving much, there may be something wrong.

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  • What Should I Do?
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    Reflections on Using a DIY Fodder System

    Lessons learned from home-grown fodder
    by threemealsfarm

    Monday, April 8, 2013, 11:30 PM

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    Growing fodder for animal feed is starting to catch on, and many homesteading families and small farm operations are exploring the possibilities of what this type of feed can do for the health of their animals and cost of feeding them.  If you haven’t yet read the first two articles on growing fodder and building a simple DIY fodder system, you can find them here: https://www.peakprosperity.com/blog/growing-sprouted-fodder/72618 and here: https://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/80359/diy-home-fodder-system.

    It has been a few months since I wrote the DIY fodder system article for Peak Prosperity.  It turns out that a lot of people are interested in growing their own fodder, as this article has been extremely popular.  With the combination of all of the valuable feedback (thank you!) and a few more months of experience, we have some additional thoughts to share.

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  • What Should I Do?
    Barley Fodder Mat

    DIY Home Fodder System

    How to set up your own low-cost fodder growing system
    by threemealsfarm

    Thursday, December 27, 2012, 11:48 PM

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    Many months ago, we learned about growing fodder for livestock (Growing Sprouted Fodder for Livestock) and how large-scale systems are being developed to reduce animal feed costs, provide better nutrition for animals, and reduce the amount of water needed to produce said feed. The small-scale commercial systems looked great, but the upfront costs and production level were simply too high to justify such a system for a small homestead like ours. We started to look for other options and ways of producing our own fodder at a lower initial cost.

    This article details our current process and success at creating a system that can meet the needs of small backyard farmers and homesteaders. For less than $70 in initial setup costs, we have developed our own little home system that is surprisingly time-efficient and effective.

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    Video and Photo by VideojugLifestyleandHome

    How to Cure an Egg-Bound Chicken

    3 methods to help an egg-bound chicken
    by Jason Wiskerchen

    Monday, June 18, 2012, 4:14 PM

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    Has one of your chickens suddenly stopped laying? Is your hen walking a little differently?  Visiting the nesting box more frequently? It could be that your chicken is egg-bound. In this video by VideojugLifestyleandHome, a professional poultry breeder explains how to tell if your chicken is having trouble laying an egg and discusses three ways to help her out of her bind.


    How to Cure an Egg-Bound Chicken by VideojugLifestyleandHome

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    Six Lessons from an Expanding Flock

    by Jason Wiskerchen

    Monday, February 27, 2012, 8:32 PM

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    My family has been raising a small backyard chicken flock for about seven years now, and we have had our ups and downs during this time.  From learning about predation and having to protect against it, to dealing with frozen chicken waterers in the winter, to lack of eggs from molting and light conditions, raising chickens is always an adventure. Through this adventure we have increased our awareness of where our food comes from and what it means to have quality meat. So this winter we decided to take the next step and move from a small backyard flock of six birds to raising all of our own meat birds for processing this spring and summer. 

    (If you are just starting off with chickens or are thinking setting up your own backyard flock, please read the article Raising Your Own Chickens as a starting point.)

    This new adventure has provided me a whole new knowledge set, and I would like to share just a few of the new insights I have learned over the last few months.

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    Making the Urban-to-Rural Transition

    by joemanc

    Sunday, December 26, 2010, 10:51 PM

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    My transition began in the fall of 2008 during the financial crisis. I had watched the Crash Course earlier in the summer, and as the crisis unfolded, I began to take the initial steps, or Step Zero, as has been mentioned on the site before.

    How I Got Here

    In 2008, I was living in a condo in a city of about 50,000. I began to wonder whether living in a condo was the way to go, or to find a house and/or land. I knew the housing market was horrible and that it would get worse. Ultimately, I decided my best bet was to buy a house with land in a small town. The key was getting to that point.

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    Raising Your Own Chickens

    by Tom Page

    Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 3:02 PM

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    A major theme of this site is improving resiliency and preparing for a different future than we may be used to at present. One good way that is receiving growing interest is keeping your own chickens for eggs or meat. In this brief article, I will show that raising chickens is fun, easy, and provides many benefits, regardless of the need to prepare for the potential risks of Peak Oil or economic downturns.

    There are many great resources on chickens already out there, with more detailed information than can be contained in this article. I’ll just highlight the basics here and share some of my personal experiences that have been successful.

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