Category Archives: chickens

3-17-2015 H5N2 Bird flu in Missouri, Minnesota, Kansas, and now Arkansas too

I get contacted about sick chickens all the time. I almost always recommend you cull the bird, because it almost always dies while you are pussyfooting around on the internet trying to figure out what is wrong with it. And … Continue reading

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Where to Get Chicks in 2014

Bourn Feed is located just east of Patricia’s Food on the access road.  Alternately you can take 70 and get off at the Lake of the Woods exit and then head west on the access road.  Bourn orders from Cackle Hatchery, so … Continue reading

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Hatching egg packaging

I brought in some hatching eggs to incubate. I know, I know, I’m all about broody hens, but I’m in a pickle here. My old hens aren’t laying and all my attempts to bring in new chicks this spring for … Continue reading

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The broody problem

I always recommend urban chicken owners to get a bantam or two with their first set of chicks. My main reason for doing this is that having a hen that will go broody makes adding subsequent generations to your flock … Continue reading

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May 4th 2013 a day in the life

Today I completed spring cleaning for the hens. Emptied out 90% of the deep litter and replaced it with pine shavings and dry leaves. My large hens decided to take over the bantam roost last fall so I scraped the … Continue reading

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Where to Get Chicks in 2013

Our only local feed store is now taking special orders for chicks, call 573-474-4113! Bourn Feed is located just east of Patricia’s Food on the access road.  Alternatively you can take 70 and get off at the Lake of the Woods … Continue reading

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Combating Boredom

Do you feel like you are spending too much to feed your hens? You probably are. Why? Your hens are bored. To combat their boredom they play in their feed, scatter it around their yard, and only eat the most … Continue reading

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