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Jun 23, 2017

Holy Cow, I'm a Beekeeper!

I never planned to raise chickens or bees, yet here I sit, a card-carrying chicken junkie and a brand new beekeeper!
I never planned to raise chickens or bees, yet here I sit, a card-carrying chicken junkie and a brand new beekeeper! I felt fairly prepared for my first flock of chickens before they arrived, but not the bees. Honey bees are such foreign creatures, I don't know that I ever would have felt the same level of confidence going into beekeeping that I had with my first chickens. But, after Harvest Lane Honey set me up for success with all the equipment and supplies I needed to get started, any apprehension about working with bees soon disappeared as I dove head-first into a total immersion beekeeping education phase!
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ends 6/30/17  9pm EST
 Enter to WIN a copy of the book Backyard Beekeeping!
 Backyard Beekeeping
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Jun 4, 2017

Chicken Picking Causes and Solutions

Feather and skin picking is a serious problem behavior exhibited by chickens under stress. If the stress is not identified and alleviated, feather picking can degenerate into a flock-wide problem with deadly results.
Feather and skin picking is a serious problem behavior exhibited by chickens under stress. If the stress is not identified and alleviated, feather picking can degenerate into a flock-wide problem with deadly results. Chickens learn picking behavior from each other, so ending unwanted picking as soon as it begins is critical to avoiding a bloody epidemic. Once the cause of the stress is determined, it's usually fairly easy to stop the picking by making minor adjustments in the flock. So, let's take a look at chicken picking risk factors, prevention and solutions.

May 21, 2017

Mealworms by the Pound & Sweet PDZ GIVEAWAY at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop #236

Welcome to The Chicken Chick's Clever Chicks Blog Hop!
Welcome to my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop! You're invited to enter the giveaway, hop from one fantastic blog article to another and share links from your blog if you have one!
GIVEAWAY!
 Enter to WIN a 2lb bag of Mealworms by the Pound 
AND a 10 lb bag of Sweet PDZ Coop Refresher!
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May 19, 2017

How Chickens and Honey Bees Are the Same, Only Different, by Gail Damerow

 
Gail Damerow (left), Kathy Shea Mormino (right)
Long before the Internet existed, people turned to renowned author, Gail Damerow's books and articles for chicken care guidance. Enter the Internet and no shortage of questionable chicken care "advice" and discerning readers still flock to to the time-tested reliability of Gail Damerow's writings for chicken care guidance. So, imagine my surprise to find an email from her in my inbox one day while writing my first book! Since then, we have become fast friends and I am honored to be able to call her a mentor. I have to admit, it's pretty nice to be able to pick up the phone to ask a question, to share ideas and collaborate on projects knowing there are few people on the planet as knowledgeable about chickens as she; and chickens aren't her only subject of expertise! 
A visit with Gail Damerow on her farm in Tennessee where she lives with her husband Allan.
A visit with Gail Damerow on her farm in Tennessee where she lives with her husband Allan.
GIVEAWAY!
ends 5/26/17
Enter to WIN a pair of Sloggers chicken print shoes!!
Sloggers chicken print shoes GIVEAWAY at www.The-Chicken-Chick.com
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May 15, 2017

DIY Chicken Playpen Tractor featuring a Chicken Fountain GIVEAWAY!

There are times in every flock when one or more chicken needs to be kept physically separated from the others in the yard, in which cases, a lightweight chicken playpen tractor comes in handy to provide continued visibility to the flock while protecting the bird(s) from each other.  A playpen tractor is useful when new chickens are being integrated into an existing flock, when a bird bully needs to be removed for others' safety, when a minor injury requires being kept in protective custody, or when feather loss from over-mating or picking warrants being provided with a safe zone. It can also be used to confine growing chicks during a field trip in the yard on warm day. Such times do not include when birds are sick or in quarantine.
A playpen tractor is useful when new chickens are being integrated into an existing flock, when a bird bully needs to be removed for others' safety, when a minor injury requires being kept in protective custody, or when feather loss from over-mating or picking warrants being provided with a safe zone.
A playpen tractor is a temporary, daytime confinement facility located in the chicken yard. It is not predator-proof and is not intended to house chickens at night. It is spacious, lightweight and easy for one person to move alone without the added weight of wheels, but not so lightweight that it could blow over in the wind. The instructions for this playpen tractor are provided courtesy of Mr. Chicken Chick who built it at my request for three bantam Cochin teenagers being integrated into the flock. This was a figure-it-out-as-you-go project. (don't judge) A portion of the construction was filmed live on Facebook and can be seen HERE.
GIVEAWAY!
ends 5/22/17 9pm EST
Enter to WIN THE CHICKEN FOUNTAIN!
The Chicken Fountain Giveaway at The Chicken Chick®
Learn about The Chicken Fountain and the benefits of 
Poultry Nipple Watering Systems on my blog HERE.
Purchase The Chicken Fountain HERE.
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