Tuesday, July 29, 2014

All Day Clean Water for Chickens

   Chickens are not naturally clean animals. Maybe they are a little more clean when they are free range I couldn't tell you but when they are in a run and coop full time then they tend to become pretty "piggy." I wanted to keep their water clean and maybe be able to fill a container and have it last all day long while I am busy taking care of the "zildren" or going somewhere for the day. I searched online and found a great system just for this.

   I did have to make a step up to the water feeder for the banties with a porcelain water bowl.  I keep that filled at times when it is extra hot outside.

Steps to make your own clean water feeder:

1. Drill 5 holes in the bottom of a 5 gallon water bucket. (the size of drill bit is included with the purchase of nipples.

2. Keep the lid it really helps to keep the junk out of the water and the nipples down't get clogged and leak. (been there done that)

3. Screw in the nipples.

4. Mount in your coop run or if you are free ranging it then under a shade tree would be nice. Just make sure that it is about as tall as your chickens.

5. Fill with water and cover OR make a whole and cap it like this person did so that you can put the water hose in without taking off the entire lid.

 6. We still haven't found a lid yet but I found a lid in my                                                                            Tupperware that worked pretty good. Eventually I want to move                                                              up to the lid within the lid one.


Friday, July 25, 2014

How To Make A Cheap Candler

It's Alive!

I wanted to check to see if any of my chicken eggs were going to hatch so I took my cel phone and saw a little but not enough to tell much. Then I asked my husband if he had a led flash light because I didn't want to kill the chicks with too much heat.

He did have one that he uses for work. We tried that but it still didn't work well.  Then I found out there was a way to make it work even better. I cut a piece of black construction paper and I wrapped it around twice and secured it to the flashlight with a hair band. Then I tried it out with a egg in the fridge and it worked. Yeah!

So far I have found at least one egg that is showing movement. It didn't work as well as a professional candler but it does work. Next on my list; to save up for a real one. Below are some great videos for you to see how this works and what is going on inside the egg.

Update: There are 6 total that are good, 3 for each Mother hen.

How to make a candler video.
Development of the chick in the egg. Video 1
Development of the chick. Video 2

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Egg Salad Sandwhiches

I am starting a new series about egg recipes. If you are interested please share with your friends and follow our blog by email or facebook.

Some of my favorite things.

Egg Salad for Sandwiches

1 dozen boiled eggs
1/2 sweet onion
1/2 cup mayo
couple of squirts of mustard
generous sprinkling of paprika
*optional squirt of wasabi or horseradish sauce, little garlic salt
salt and pepper to taste

1. Peel your hard boiled eggs and cut into small pieces.
2. Add all other ingredients and smash with whatever kitchen tool you have even a fork will do. We used a plastic thingamajig that we got given to us.
3. Add your salt and pepper to taste and spread onto your bread you can toast the bread to make it more sturdy.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sweet Smelling Fresh Mint Wreath!

    Recently I was inspired by another bloggers post about making an herbal wreath to repel flies in the coop. I don't have any herbs accept a patch of mint so I made mine with mint alone.  I have been spreading mint for a while because I love the way it smells as apposed to a stinky coop, but I thought this would be really classy and stay around a while.

I made mine by shaping a wire hanger into an egg shape and then winding the strands of mint around an tucking them in. Fresh Eggs Daily used a different method that works just as well or better. I just didn't have the supplies she had and knew that I would never go out and buy them.

To see what she did check this out! Fly Repelling Fresh Herb Wreath for your Chicken Coop

Here are the pictures from my project. Let me know if you try this out and how you end up making yours. Be creative!

Our pet baby dove landed right on the wreath when I was making it.
Great job Lady Bird! 
Nora what a great helper!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Why The Rooster Wasn't Acting Like A Rooster

If you have been following our blog you know that we have a rooster that was not crowing or mating.

We have since learned what the reason for his lack of manliness was from for sure.

When we got our new rooster, Gargantuan, he taught our Girls (the hens) that they were no longer in charge in the yard. Our smaller rooster, Little Peep, was never assertive and very cuddly. He had learned from the hens that his place was calm and submissive; never rooster like.

As our new rooster began to take controle with little pecks here and there the hens started learning their place and our smaller rooster began to feel comfortable mating.

So far we have only seen him with the banty hens but that is definitely a good start. The big rooster doesn't have any problems with him thus far.

That's him in the middle. That string is
an old c.d. for them to play with.
Now one our surma, banty wellsomers are broody. Maybe we will have some cute little chicks in a few weeks. The saga continues!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Little About Dust Bathing

I took out a new batch of Feed Grade, Diatomacous Earth and poured it into the tire bath. I waited for a few minutes and imediately there was interest again.

This is not a large tire. It is the size for a compact car. Three chickens wiggled their way down into the tire, with their heads mostly tucked into the hollow of the tire.

How many chickens does it take to take a bath? 4, 3 to do the bathing and one to pluck their feathers.

If Gargantuan Rooster decides he wants in on the action I'm sure things will change.

Chickens really like dust bathing. It is a time they spend bonding with friends and the dust keeps the bugs from getting in their feathers.

I like it because its fun to watch my silly chickens and relax.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Refrigerator Transformation

Today Zoi and I went to the dollar stores to find something to dress up our raggedy refrigerator with. I wanted to find some vinyl place mats to put in it because that would be cute and easy to clean.

Unfortunately, there were no suitable vinyl place mats so I went with a plastic shower curtain instead and duct taped it in. I think it did the trick nicely. Its my favorite color and makes me happy when I look into my refrigerator.

What do you think? Are the creative juices flowing?


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Finding Just the Right Rooster

My friend that raises chickens found me a free rooster at a garage sale. He is the biggest chicken I've ever scene. I loved him from the first but he was and still is a bit intimidating if I think about it too hard.

He was pretty congested and making a little rattle noise sometimes when he breathed. Quickly I made plans to keep a good eye on him and feed him garlic, put diatomacous earth (D.E.) in his water. He even got some yogurt as well to kill out any bad bacteria.

That night my husband and I inspected him closer and found he had a really bad case of mites and fleas were attached to his eyebrows, comb and all over his head.  I did some research and found out that puppy or kitten flea spray would take care of that.  After about a week we were able to put him into the coop at night.

I was happy to see that the next day he was taking care of training his flock to know that he was the new boss. He is a great leader and doesn't chase the hens like our black rooster did. He has only crowed once a little bit until this morning. He let out two nice medium sized crows. This is nice because we live in town.

We prayed for just the right rooster for our flock and that's just what the Lord gave us. He's quite a beauty too. Head and shoulders above the rest.


Friday, June 6, 2014

Integrating Hen and Chicks

I've been wanting to get the Black Hen and her chicks; Larry, Curly and Bow (rainbow that is) out and decided that maybe since they have grown some that they could handle it. Its been a few weeks since they were born and I was't positive how they would do but felt led to try them out.

I opened up the little coop door and proped it back and Mama hen gladly came out to have a walk and check out the feeding ground.

I watched the chicks and they were a bit scared to join the great big world of fending for themselves.

Larry was the brave one.
Black Hen had a bit of a fight with White Hen and I had to put a little no pecking salve on her. After that though everything was back to normal so I went back in the house and came back later and all the chicks were out.

One of the chicks got stepped
on but there were no injuries.
My chicks are still very small but they are mixed with a banty (or bantum and some say) breed. (frizzles)

Its been fun to see them out and about and they also got their feathers dusted with D.E. just like everyone else to kill their mites.

Last night I noticed that Mom takes them back to the little coop to sleep at night. I thought it wss so sweet. God is awesome and shows that to us through the instincs of our animals.

Mom and chicks snug as a bug.
Update: The chicks weren't as safe as I thought. One has survived and is doing really good. One got accidentally stepped on by a visitor and another got killed by a predator when he stuck his head through the chicken wire.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

No eggs? Rooster not crowing? You might have mites!

After praying and praying and trying to find out why my Rooter wasn't crowing or manly in his ways God sent answers. By God's grace we finally found out why the hens weren't laying. I picked up one hen and found a few mites so I decided to pick up the rooster to see what he was like and he was just covered in them. So I decided to get my nose syringe out from the baby years and filled it with D.E. and said a prayer as I covered his body in dust and the other chickens as well.

 I checked him after this and there were still some on him although for the others the one treatment was good. I took him in then and made a garlic shampoo by mincing about 5 cloves of garlic and adding them to a container of cheap shampoo.

I took him in the bathroom and covered him in shampoo and let him soak up the nice warm water and the garlic to soak into him as well.

I felt so bad for him. I gently rinsed him and took him out on the back porch and went through all his feathers and killed any remaining bugs.

I put D.E. everywhere in the coop boards, cracks, corners, etc. And some in the little coop for Moma hen and chicks.

Then I made an old tire dust bath with ash and D.E. I will probably do this again in a couple of weeks to make sure there are no hatching eggs.


Since this time my hens have picked up from one egg to 4 and 5. Hopefully with time
our Rooster will grow into his manhood and do his thing.


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