Monday, April 20, 2015

Tips From Our Junior Blogger: How to Tame Your Chickens

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


How to Tame Your Chickens

A lot of people have been asking us how we got our chickens to be so tame. First, you should start by choosing a friendly chicken breed.  Here are some that I know are friendly, but my mom says there are more breeds than this. 

Silkie
Australorp
Barred Rock
Orpington




To make your chickens want to be held and follow you around in the yard you should start holding your chicks right away so they get used to you. Don't hold your chicks too much the first 24 hours because they might get scared and get pasty bottom. Make sure to hold and pet your chickens EVERY DAYUse treats, treats and more treats. It helps them to be friendly because they will do just about anything for them!

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My Pet Chicken has a great tool for selecting chicken breeds that are right for you.



Monday, April 13, 2015

Tip From Our Junior Blogger: All-Natural Fly Spray

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


All-Natural Fly Spray
From Fresh Eggs Daily


Sometimes your chicken coop will get a lot of flies. You can use this for cleaning and for where there are flies in the coop. Flies don't like basil, mint and lime.  So if you spray it where they are at they will say, "Ew, I don't like that!" and then they will fly away.



What You Need
1 lime
Handful of Fresh Mint Leaves
Handful of Fresh Basil Leaves
White Vinegar
Pint Canning Jar
Spray Bottle

Cut the lime in half and put it in the jar.  Put in the mint and basil. Pour in the vinegar until it's almost to the top.  Let it sit for a couple of weeks and shake it every few days. After two weeks take out all the stuff and pour the liquid into the spray bottle.  Now spray at those flies!





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Monday, April 6, 2015

Tips From Our Junior Blogger: Foods to Avoid For Chickens


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


Foods to Avoid for Chickens



Apple Seeds - They have a little bit of poison in them.

Asparagus - It can make their eggs taste funny if they eat this.

Avocado - All the parts can be poisonous to the chickens.

Dry Beans - If you cook or sprout beans then it's ok to feed beans to your chickens.

Caffeine - Don't give them things like chocolate.

Citrus - They may not lay a lot of eggs if they eat oranges and lemons.

Dairy - It's ok if they eat a little bit of yogurt, but not much.

Eggplant - You can feed a little bit of this to your chickens only if it is cooked.

Onion - These can make them sick.

Potatoes - These can make your chickens really sick.

Rhubarb - This is poisonous.  Even the leaves.




For more information on foods to avoid feeding your chickens read the following from Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily: http://www.fresheggsdaily.com/2013/02/toxic-treats-what-not-to-feed-your.html



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