Monday, March 30, 2015

Tips From Our Junior Blogger: Chickens Have Three Eyelids

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

Chickens Have Three Eyelids

Chickens have three eyelids.  They have a top eyelid and bottom eyelid.  Their bottom eyelid moves more than their top one. The third eyelid on a chicken blinks across their eye from side to side. It is clear so they can still see when it is closed.  They like to close it when they take dust baths to keep dirt out of their eyes.  It also protects their eyes from being pecked by other chickens.  The chickens sometimes blink their third eyelid when my mom is taking pictures and it makes their eyes look weird.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Thank you for participating in the giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our signed Chicken Boots book giveaway!  I am so happy with everyone's excitement about the new book.  

The winner of the signed copy is...

Megan Blackburn!

Thanks again to all!  We will do another giveaway soon!!

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Junior Blogger's Signed Chicken Boots Book GIVEAWAY!


by the Kindergarten Junior Blogger

Have you heard about our new children's book called Chicken Boots?  My mom wrote and illustrated it!

Chicken Boots is about Rose and Nelly.  Nelly meets Rose at the local feed store.  They become the best of friends.  Nelly goes to live with Rose and they love to play together all the time.  Rose and Nelly have adventures together like cooking and playing veterinarian. One day it gets cold and rainy and then they can't play together anymore.  

You need to buy or WIN the book to find out what happens next!

Thanks for entering my giveaway!

By The Junior Blogger

To win a signed copy of Chicken Boots enter a comment below telling the Junior Blogger what you love most about chickens. The contest will end Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 8pm Pacific Time. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on the blog so make sure to check back here to see if you won! You must live in the United States to enter the giveaway.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Tips From Our Junior Blogger: Coop and Run Requirements

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

Coop and Run Requirements

Lots of people are getting baby chicks for the first time and should know how to set up their coop and run when they move outside.

For The Coop:
Make sure it's waterproof so rain doesn't get inside the coop.

Make sure the wind can't come through because you don't want your chickens to blow out of the coop.

You need a roosting bar so they can sleep.

Make sure you have vents at the top of your coop so that the stinky, poopy smell doesn't make the chickens sick.

You need a nesting box.  You need about one box for every three chickens.

The coop needs to be easy to clean so your back doesn't hurt and then you don't want to clean it anymore and all the poop will pile up.

You need doors that close tight and lock so the predators don't get into your coop and capture the chickens while they are sleeping.

For the Run:
You need a strong fence and door to keep the chickens in and the predators out.  And make sure predators can't dig their way inside!

The run needs a place the chickens can stay dry if it rains. 

The chickens need lots of space so the run should be pretty big.  You need to also make sure they can't fly out.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Tips From Our Junior Blogger: Parts of an Egg

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

Parts of an Egg

Yolk - The part that is yellow.

Egg White - It protects the yolk.

Shell - It helps the egg protect itself.

Air Cell - Air gets inside the egg through the teeny tiny holes in the shell and goes right here.

Chalaza - It helps the yolk stay in the egg in the middle.

Fresh Eggs Daily has a detailed description of the anatomy of an egg with photographs.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Tips From Our Junior Blogger: Heating the Brooder

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

Heating the Brooder

Lots of people are getting chicks for the first time and should know how warm to keep their brooder box.  
Here are the temperatures that your brooder box should be each week:

Week 1 - 95 degrees F
Week 2 - 90 degrees F
Week 3 - 85 degrees F
Week 4 - 80 degrees F
Week 5 - 75 degrees F
Week 6 - 70 degrees F

If the chicks are far away from the heat lamp it means that the chicks are too hot.  If the chicks are too cold they will huddle up under the heat lamp and peep really loud! If your chicks are just right they will be cheeping and hopping around the brooder being happy.  Make sure to put your heat lamp away from the water and food.

Here is a great resource from Lisa Steele about preparing and caring for your baby chicks: Fresh Eggs Daily - Basic Baby Chick Care Guide

Thanks for reading!