Our First Experience Incubating Hatching Eggs

Our First Experience Incubating Hatching Eggs

So about two and a half weeks ago, I decided to dive into my first experience incubating hatching eggs. I had stumbled onto a Facebook page for selling rare chicken breeds and hatching eggs. Then someone offered a sale/discount on her eggs. I wanted some! Particularly since these were hatching eggs from Cream Legbar chickens. I had recently had an interest in obtaining this breed, but they are expensive. Female chicks can cost $20 a piece. *This post contains affiliate links/ads. ¬†I may receive compensation if you choose to click…

New Additions To Our Backyard Flock

New Additions To Our Backyard Flock

Our backyard flock had some new additions this week! I’d been telling my husband I was having chicken withdrawal symptoms and needed to buy new birds. ūüôā It’s so addicting! So many kinds, just not enough space! Last April we got our first birds at a poultry swap. We ended up getting about 15 birds total originally between the swap, Craigslist, and Tractor Supply. However, we sold some and experienced some losses as well. We also bought a few more birds. But now we were down to five birds total,…

Our First Attempt At A Chicken Water Heater

Our First Attempt At A Chicken Water Heater

So this is our first winter raising our little chicken flock. Of course this¬†brings new challenges with the cold weather. Obviously, the basics don’t change. But our handy little PVC pipe watering system with the nipple spouts wasn’t going to be the best option during winter. We were concerned about it freezing and breaking down. We had talked about wrapping it with heat tape, but my husband decided it was better to drain it and try something else. Me and my research, had discovered some other ideas on good old…

Our Egg Basket Update and Chicken Status

Our Egg Basket Update and Chicken Status

Back in the spring we had started our little backyard chicken flock project. Our goal was to raise our own healthy eggs, and eventually meat birds as well. We have been fairly successful with the egg part. Right now we daily¬†see 4-5 eggs in our egg basket. ¬†We actually had started getting 6 eggs a day, but lost a hen to a predator a couple of weeks ago. Of course it was the Barred Rock that would lay¬†a larger size egg than her sister. But still for our family of…

Chicken Egg Excitement At Our House

Chicken Egg Excitement At Our House

Woo hoo! Celebrate! We got our first chicken egg today! This is definitely cause for excitement for any backyard chicken owner! This morning I went out, and peeked in the nest boxes. I was proud to see our first little brown egg! We have been getting a bit impatient with the girls, thinking it’s time to see a little something happening around here. I have been stating that our chickens must be dysfunctional the last couple weeks.  And I have been analyzing them, looking for signs that indicate they might…

Choosing the Best Pet Care Option When You Travel

Choosing the Best Pet Care Option When You Travel

When planning a trip or vacation, one question that always comes up for us is about our pets. Who will care for them while we are gone? Pet care is a valid concern that affects anyone that owns an animal. It’s not always easy or fun to try to find someone to watch your pets and care for them.  Of course the least expensive, and most convenient option is if family or friends are willing to watch them for the nice, low price of FREE.  Sometimes we have been able…

Our DIY Chicken Coop

Our DIY Chicken Coop

Today I have a guest post from my husband Wade. He is great at constructing and bringing to life ideas that I have. Since he was the builder of this project, I asked him to write about how he built this awesome and adorable chicken coop for me!    Planning Phase The initial planning phase of our chicken coop began with determining how many chickens we wanted. We thought 6-8 chickens would be a good number for starting out, and researched what size coop we would need to house and…

The Benefits of Having Chickens

The Benefits of Having Chickens

So our new project this year is raising chickens in our backyard! We have a couple main reasons for trying this, as well as some other benefits we are hoping for. One of the big ones is because we want to produce healthier meat and eggs for our consumption. It started with knowing my husband has some cholesterol and heart issues in his genetics that we hope to beat by improving his diet. As a nurse, I believe a healthy diet and exercise can do so much for everyone, but…