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

Here is another way to candle without a flashlight when you think your eggs are overdue.


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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!

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