Monday, January 26, 2015

Tips From Our Junior Blogger: Ameraucana vs. Easter Egger

Chicken Tips From Our Junior Blogger
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a Kindergartener!

Ameraucana vs. Easter Egger


First when we got our chicks we thought that Edna was an Ameraucana.  But when she grew up as a chicken she was actually an Easter Egger.  Lisa Steele from Fresh Eggs Daily taught us the difference in her blog.  

Do you want to know the difference?  The differences are: 

Ameraucana
Have muffs/beards
Only lay blue eggs
Only have pea combs
They have blue legs
They have tails

Easter Egger
Some have muffs/beads and some don't
They lay any color of egg
Have any kind of comb
They have any color legs
Some have tails and some don't


For more information on the differences between an Ameraucana and Easter Egger read Fresh Eggs Daily's article: Ameraucana vs. Araucana vs. Easter Egger - The Blue Egg Layers.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Tips From Our Junior Blogger: How to Help Pasting or Sticky Bottom

Tuesday's Tip From Our Junior Blogger
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a Kindergartener!

Pasting or Sticky Bottom



About Pasting:
Pasting is when poop is stuck to a chick's bottom.  The poop gets stuck to their vent. The poop gets stuck because they may be too hot or too cold or they don't have enough food or water. They might have pasty bottom because they are scared from being held too much when you first brought them home.  You aren't supposed to hold them a lot the first day you bring them home because they are scared.


What to do:
To take the poop off their bottom pour some warm water on it, but make sure it's not too hot!  Pick off the poop when it's soft and make sure not to hurt the chick.  Use paper towels and use gloves. After their bottom is clean dab it with a paper towel and put coconut oil on the vent.


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Monday, January 12, 2015

Tips From Our Junior Blogger: Chicken Feather Patterns

Tuesday's Tip From Our Junior Blogger
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a Kindergartener!

Chicken Feather Patterns


Chicken feathers come in lots of colors and patterns. It is important that chickens have colors and patterns because they can be camouflage. You need a chicken to be camouflage so that a big bird like an eagle or hawk won't carry them away. White chickens and yellow don't camouflage well because there is not a lot of white or yellow in the backyard.  

Some patterns are:
barred
penciled
spangled
double laced
mille fleur
stippled
edged
striped 
laced


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Monday, January 5, 2015

Tips From Our Junior Blogger: Types of Chicken Feathers

Tuesday's Tip From Our Junior Blogger
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a Kindergartener!

Types of Chicken Feathers


Webbed Feathers are the big feathers.  They are the feathers that are all over the outside of their body.  They also help them fly or they are on their tail. 

Bristled Feathers are the small feathers that go around their eyes, nose and mouth.

Plumules Feathers are small and fluffy.  They help chickens stay warm.  You can't see them because they are underneath bigger feathers.

Filoplumes Feathers are really small and they look like hairs. They are small so you can't really see them.  They make a chicken's feathers fluff out if they are scared or mad.  They also make them fluff out a little when it's cold outside and they are trying to stay warm.

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