Garlic Oil Supplement for Chickens

DIY Garlic Oil Supplement for Healthy Backyard Chickens :: Five Little Homesteaders

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Healthy backyard chickens – that’s the constant goal around here.  It is also important to me that we keep our chickens healthy in the most natural way possible – no chemicals, no antibiotics (unless completely necessary), organic/non-GMO feed, etc.

If you’ve read my post on natural chicken care, then you know there are several supplements and treatments that we use to keep our flock looking and feeling good.  One of the most powerful supplements is garlic.  Check out the post below to learn more about how I make and use a DIY garlic oil supplement for healthy backyard chickens here on our little homestead.

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How to Stop Your Chickens from Eating Eggs

How to Stop Your Chicken From Eating its Eggs :: Five Little Homesteaders

Have you ever had a chicken eat one of their eggs?  I’ve dealt with the problem a few times and it can be a nasty, annoying habit to break but it IS possible to break the chicken of it (most times).

In the name of easing back into this blogging thing, I’d like to direct you to a post I wrote on another site just before I took my unplanned hiatus from blogging.  It gives you 10 ways to try and break the egg eating habit.

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Chick Care – A Backyard Chicken Keeper’s Guide

Chick Care :: Five Little Homesteaders

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So, you’re ready to get chicks?  You’ve read my post on planning for your backyard flock.  You’ve picked your breeds, checked your city ordinances and decided where they will live.  Great. You’re about to embark on a VERY exciting, fun and rewarding adventure.

We were lucky enough to start our backyard chicken adventure with 2 full grown, egg-laying hens.  We had family friends who needed to get rid of their chickens and we gladly obliged.  I was glad for this because getting chicks is intimidating!  They ARE babies after all and babies are terrifying!  But relax, it is really quite easy as long as you take care of a few key things.  Read on to learn more about chick care.

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Natural Chicken Care

Natural Chicken Care - A Beginner's Guide :: Five Little Homesteaders

Seems like a lot of people are hoping to become more “natural” in their daily life.   I know I’ve said that I want to and I try to think about it everyday.

How can I reduce toxins and chemicals?  How can I eat more organically?  Where can I buy products that are more natural?

So, if we’re thinking about this for ourselves, why not for our animals, as well?  Especially for those animals that provide us food?

I have been lucky. with my chickens so far.  I’ve been able to take care of them with 100% natural chicken care.  I know there are situations where this might not be possible, but I do think that natural, preventative measures can go a long way.

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Backyard Chickens – Planning for Your Flock

Backyard Chickens - Planning for Your Flock :: Five Little Homesteaders

So, you’re ready to delve into the world of raising backyard chickens, are you?

Well….that’s GREAT!

Raising backyard chickens can be fun, educational and egg-citing! (Sorry… I had to do it.)

However, it also requires a good deal of planning, thought and preparation.  For many of us who love our backyard chickens, it saddens us to hear stories of people who went out and got a bunch of baby chicks only to discover that they weren’t ready, weren’t allowed or didn’t have the time to devote to raising chickens.

In this post, I’ll try and give you several things to think about and plan for before you run out and buy your chicks.

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Chicken Care Round-Up

 
Remember last week when I did a post on how we care for our chickens here on our little urban homestead?

Well, little did you know, there were six other ladies out there in the United States working on a post on the very same topic!  Check out that awesome map above!  We all live all over the United States and I think, when you read the posts below, you’ll see that some things are very, very similar, while others are very, very different.

Ashley (in Montana) from The Browning Homestead at Red Fox Farm:
http://thebrowninghomestead.blogspot.com/2013/11/homestead-chickens-101.html - http://thebrowninghomestead.blogspot.com/2013/11/homestead-chickens-101.html

Melissa (in New Mexico) from Ever Growing Farm:
http://evergrowingfarm.com/2013/11/the-keeping-care-of-backyard-chickens.html - http://evergrowingfarm.com/2013/11/the-keeping-care-of-backyard-chickens.html

Ashley (in Tennessee) from Whistle Pig Hollow:
http://www.whistlepighollow.com/2013/11/11/everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-the-chickens-at-whistle-pig-hollow/ - http://www.whistlepighollow.com/2013/11/11/everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-the-chickens-at-whistle-pig-hollow/

Melissa (in Washington) from Faulk Farmstead:
http://faulkfarmstead.com/2013/11/11/raising-chickens-on-the-faulk-farmstead/ - http://faulkfarmstead.com/2013/11/11/raising-chickens-on-the-faulk-farmstead/

Jennah (in New York) from House Barn Farm:
http://www.housebarnfarm.com/keeping-chickens/ - http://www.housebarnfarm.com/keeping-chickens/

Erin (in Virginia) from Blue Yurt Farms:
The Truth About the Chickens at Blue Yurt Farms - http://blueyurtfarms.com/the-truth-about-the-chickens-at-blue-yurt-farms


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Homesteading in the Winter Series: Post 3 – Cold Weather Animal Care


I am taking part in a posting series related to the topic of “Homesteading in the Winter.”


Each Thursday there will be a new post on a different issue associated with the needs and unique challenges of living on a homestead (big or small, urban or rural) during the winter.  I am a teaming up with several other bloggers to bring you this series.

Today’s topic is “Cold Weather Animal Care.”  The participating blogs for this week include:


The Not-So-Modern Housewife - http://www.notsomodern.com/
Fresh Eggs Daily - http://fresh-eggs-daily.com/
Schneider Peeps - http://www.schneiderpeeps.com/

After reading my post, please take a few minutes to visit these other blogs and learn about what taking care of animals in the cold is like where they live. 

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So yesterday I told you that you’d get two posts from me about chickens this week and that was true.  Today you get your second post on chickens.  Sadly, it won’t be as exciting as some of my other posts. If you recall, I live in Phoenix….. so, cold weather animal care?  Well…. just not that exciting.  

So I’ll start off with a story instead. 

Yesterday a pigeon got into one of my chicken coops.  It was wild.  My gold retriever was REALLY upset by this situation and was barking and running around the coop.  I went out to check on all the commotion and I saw the pigeon.  I wasn’t really sure what to do.  So, like any bewildered person, I stood there and stared.  At first the pigeon just sorta flew around and landed in different places in the coop.  And then….. all of a sudden… one of my dear, sweet barred rocks (affectionately named “Grandma”) attacked!  A full on attack!  She jumped on the pigeon and began pecking at its back and pulling feathers out like crazy!  It was insane.  I had to break up the bird fight because my kids were watching and I didn’t feel like my 4, 3 and 1 year old needed to see it.  After that, I thought about bringing my chickens into my house as guard chickens…..train them to attack intruders! 

Anyhow, that had nothing to do with cold weather animal care, but I wanted to give you at least SOMETHING for taking the time to click over to my blog and see what we are up to.  

That said, winters are mild here in Phoenix.  For goodness sake, that is the ONLY reason anyone lives here.  Last year I saw the lowest temperature I’d ever seen in Phoenix.  It got down to about 20 degrees.  Granted, that IS cold but it was only that cold for a very short time and there, of course, was no snow or anything.  Winters are VERY dry.  

Overall, from what I’ve read, chickens tend to do pretty well in colder weather.  I’ve never had to heat or insulate my coops.  When I first put my chicks out in the coop full time, I do put a heat lamp in there for a couple of weeks at night just to be sure that they are ok.  

And just for kicks here are a couple of pictures of my family playing with chickens in coats…. that’s about all I can offer on this topic.  But honestly, visit the blogs listed above.  They all have WONDERFUL information to share about taking care of your animals in the winter. And if you have any great information to share on the topic, please leave your thoughts in the comments. 


        
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Chicken Keeping on our Little Urban Homestead

 

I’ve got a surprise for you!

I’m going to post about my chickens TWO days in a row!

You almost can’t contain yourself, right??  Yeah, I know.  Try to contain yourself.

Ok, so, maybe it isn’t THAT exciting for you but what it WILL do is give you some insight into our little world of chicken raising here in Phoenix, Arizona on less than an acre of land.  This might be similar to how some of you out there are raising chickens and it might also be VERY different.  Read on to hear more about our adventures.

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