“Heated Poultry Waterer Base” costing us only $2.49 to make! All ya got to do is visit a Goodwill or an ARC to pickup a $0.99 cookie tin container and grab a cheap, ugly, old lamp for like $1.50 to $3.00. Bring them home and drill a 3/8 hole in the tin, then place some caulk or sealant….DONE! All ya got to do is gage the right light bulb for your situation of temperatures at night. We use a newer style bulb that is as bright as the old 60 watt ones. This saves us money and is much safer, too!
We’ve been getting eggs from 6 out of our 9 chickens. So, I go out yesterday to eggs as usual and I notice a new style egg… we got a new layer! Although, we aren’t totally sure who it is still. The odds are greatest that it is our Buff Orpington, named Goldielocks. The egg that’s newest to us is the one on top. We are just happy to have 7 layers now and maybe one day soon we’ll figure it out…LOL! Now we just have to wait for the other 2 to start laying! 🙂
I know…I know, “They’re chickens and really hardy birds!”
That being said, they are also spoiled pets aka part of the family! It just bothers me greatly to see it get this cold inside their coop at night and it’s not even winter yet. I hear so many things about heaters with some that will say, “it’s okay to use them on low settings to prevent too low of temps” while others say, “never ever use any type of a heater no matter what”. I am thinking of going with the first of thoughts mentioned, as just can’t see them in temps below 20 degrees in their coop.
#5: With 25 billion chickens in the world, there are more of them than any other bird species
Chickens at a Florida farmhouse museum (Courtesy of Flickr user Kristine Paulus)
By Sarah Zielinski / SMITHSONIAN.COM / AUGUST 31, 2011
Why chickens? Well, I think we need a break from natural disasters, and chickens are a good distraction (how can the Chicken Dance not amuse?).
1 ) The chicken, Gallus gallus domesticus, is a domestic subspecies of the red junglefowl, a member of the pheasant family that is native to Asia. Genetic studies have found that the grey junglefowl also contributed to the chicken’s evolution.
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Keeping backyard chickens has long been an interest of mine. I’ve never actually gone through with it, partly because I just don’t have the time, partly because the homeowners association would veto it in a heartbeat, and mostly because I have a very reliable, reasonably priced source of pastured, bug-eating chickens and chicken eggs. Nevertheless, I love the idea of stepping outside my back door, greeting the flock of chickens (perhaps by name), and coming back in with an armful of fresh eggs. It’s admittedly a romantic, possibly naive vision, especially without the flecks of manure obscuring it. In any case, I’m drawn to the idea of it, so I’ve researched this growing trend and will share with you my findings in this not-so authoritative guide. Hopefully the general information, links, and leads will inspire you to dig deeper. And if you have any experience raising chickens I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment board.