Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tips From Our Junior Blogger: Tips for Clean Eggs!

Chicken Tips From Our Junior Blogger
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a 6-year-old!

From the Nest to your Kitchen - Tips for Clean Eggs


To keep your eggs from getting dirty try some of these tips!  

1. Don't let your chickens sleep in the nesting box. 

2.  Freshen up straw in the nesting box every day. 

3. Collect eggs every day. 

4. Don't put their roosting bar next to their nesting box because they will poop.


I hope this helps you have cleaner eggs!




Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Tips From Our Junior Blogger: Summer Popsicles for Chickens


Chicken Tips From Our Junior Blogger
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a 6-year-old!


Summer Popsicles for Chickens

Our watermelon was getting kind of squishy so my little sister and I got to make some popsicles for our chickens.  

Ingredients
Blueberries
Watermelon
Mint
Water

How We Made the Popsicles
First we put a mint leaf in each ice cube tray hole.  Then we put a blueberry in each tray hole.  Then we put a chunk of watermelon in each tray hole.  Last, we poured water in each tray hole and filled it to the top.  I waited for my sister to finish and then we put the trays in the freezer that we have in our garage.  Once frozen we gave them to our chickens to cool off in the hot weather.  (The popsicles look good but don't eat them because they are for your chickens.)



Thursday, June 11, 2015

Tips From Our Junior Blogger: Home Electrolytes


Chicken Tips From Our Junior Blogger
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a 6-year-old!


Homemade Electrolytes

If your chickens get too warm make them some electrolytes.  It's really easy!  If they are super hot serve it too them full strength, but if they seem just a little warm you can just mix it into their regular drinking water: 1 cup of electrolytes per gallon of water.


How to Make Electrolytes:
1 cup of Water
2 teaspoons of sugar
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1/8 teaspoon of baking soda

I hope this helps your hot chickens!









Monday, June 8, 2015

Tips From Our Junior Blogger: Vegetables for Strong Eggshells

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


Vegetables for Strong Eggshells


The other week we noticed that Nelly's egg shells were getting kind of thin and she even laid a couple of soft shell eggs.  I learned that this means she needs more calcium.  Besides feeding your chickens more eggs shells or oyster shells for more calcium there are veggies you can feed them that have calcium in them to help make their egg shells harder.  



Here is the list:
broccoli
bok choy
Brussels sprouts
butternut squash
cabbage
celery
chard
collards
comfrey
dandelion greens
green beans
kale
mustard greens
red clover
turnip greens
watercress

Source:  Fresh Eggs Daily raising happy, healthy chickens...naturally by Lisa Steele  
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Monday, June 1, 2015

Tips from the Junior Blogger: Caring For Chickens in Warm Weather

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


Caring For Chickens in Warm Weather


Chickens do better in cold weather than hot weather.  Signs that your chicken is too warm are they hold their wings away from their body and pant.  Chickens with big combs do better in hot weather because it helps them get rid of their hot feeling.  The bigger the comb, the faster they cool off.  My Easter Egger doesn't do as well in hot weather as my Buff Orpington because her comb and wattles are tiny.  When it gets hot she always holds her wing away from her body.  

My Easter Egger, Edna, holding her wings
away from her body to cool off.

Ways to Help Your Chickens Cool Off:
Give them shade
Give them cold water
Don't chase them
Give them cool treats like frozen fruit
Add electrolytes (That's what my Mom said)
Give them cold water to stand in 


I hope this helps your chickens!



Source:  Fresh Eggs Daily by Lisa Steele  
Get it here: http://amzn.to/1CRGkye (affiliate link)