DIY Chicken Water Heater

How to make a DIY water heater for your chickens

If you own chickens and you live anywhere that it gets below 32 F (0 C) then you will have experienced the fun of hauling chicken water. Well, no more for me! Adam craftily created a DIY chicken water heater. The water heater only required a few simple materials and the best part?! NO electrical knowledge necessary, short of being able to plug a cord in an outlet. If you want to make your own chicken water heater we saw the idea somewhere online (This is why we should bookmark regularly) but ended up needing to modify it to suit … Read more…

Re-homing An Unwanted Rooster

10 tips for dealing with an unwanted rooster. How we rehomed our cockerel. #chickens #rooster

Despite our best efforts and attempts at denial we had to admit that we had a rooster among our hens.  We had wondered about the growing comb on his head and larger tail, but the crowing that began right around 11 weeks of age was the final straw.  We had to re-home the unwanted rooster pronto or find out if we really were capable of culling the flock.  If you are trying to deal with an unwanted rooster you can scroll to the bottom for 10 tips on how to deal with your unexpected cockerel. Being responsible people we tried … Read more…

Small Chick Order: How to Pick your Breed

Easter Egger Chicken

Do you have any idea how many breeds of chickens there are?  Neither did we…  Selecting the perfect breed of chicken is not easy.  It is even harder to find the perfect small chick order.  By small,  I mean less than 10 ordered online!  Picking out the breed  and finding a place to order only 5 chickens involved a variety decisions, discussions, and research.  I’ll be honest it was a painful process. Well, at least for me.  Adam just kinda went with whatever I thought we should have.  Way to dodge the responsibility for bad chickens there! I actually felt … Read more…

The Chicks Have Arrived!

Yellow Easter Egger Chick

In case you are not following my Facebook Page, I have a huge announcement: The chicks have arrived!  5 puffy balls of Easter Egger cuteness arrived in the mail yesterday. Alright, maybe that isn’t a huge announcement, but it is a big deal to us.  We are embarking on raising some urban, backyard chickens starting with chicks.  While, I grew up out in the country and spent many an hour terrorizing my neighbors chickens.  It is a hell of a lot of difference from being responsible for their welfare.  So I would say my experience with chickens ranges form next … Read more…