I really try to keep an eye on my chickens for any signs of broodiness. We do not encourage it on our homestead because we are not trying to hatch any chicks. Unfortunately for us, we have breeds that are prone to broodiness. Continue reading
In an effort to make my life easier when collecting eggs, my husband came up with a good idea for adding nesting boxes to the outside of our existing coop. We wanted something that had a door so that we could easily open the box and grab the eggs. Continue reading
I started blogging in 2014 and it has been an interesting journey. I am looking forward to seeing what 2015 has for me. One of my favorite things about blogging and interacting on my Facebook Fan Page is sharing about my chickens. They certainly have turned my life upside down. I never planned to become a chicken mama. Continue reading
As a new chicken mama, I was not prepared for a hen to go broody. I noticed that our Cochin Bantam was spending a lot of time in the nesting area. This was the chicken that adopted us by wandering into our yard one day. I told my husband that I was concerned. He went and checked on her and discovered that she was sitting on eggs and told me she was broody.
I have a little Bantam hen that has recently started crowing. The morning starts out quiet enough and the next thing I know out of my little hen comes the loudest crowing. This concerns me on multiple levels. I live in a residential neighborhood so I definitely worry about the noise. I am also concerned because I have read about how hens sometimes end up with a damaged ovary that can lead them to becoming more rooster like. My little chick has stopped laying so that possibility has crossed my mind. I didn’t sign up for a backyard rooster. Continue reading