Threats To The Backyard Flock, Part Three

PREDATORS, DISEASE, PARASITES, and STRESS This is the third and final part of my series about the different threats to our backyard flock. In the two previous posts I talked about predators and listed some illnesses. In this final edition I conclude with more issues that can afflict the flock. Egg Binding Egg binding isContinue reading “Threats To The Backyard Flock, Part Three”

Threats To The Backyard Flock, Part Two

PREDATORS, DISEASE, PARASITES, and STRESS This is a continuation of the post I started last week on the different threats your backyard flock might face. Now let’s talk about chicken illnesses, of which there are plenty, but again thankfully few that our birds actually experienced. FOWL POX It was around a couple of years agoContinue reading “Threats To The Backyard Flock, Part Two”

Threats To The Backyard Flock, Part One

PREDATORS, DISEASE, PARASITES, and STRESS In this post I’m going to go over some things that are a danger to your backyard flock. Some, like predators and diseases, are obvious, but others, like stress, aren’t as noticeable, or we don’t always link stress as the cause of the problem. PREDATORS First, we’ll start with theContinue reading “Threats To The Backyard Flock, Part One”

Adding More and More Birds to Your Existing Flock

Possibly you’ve seen the memes related to backyard chicken owners and the telltale signs of addiction. They’re pretty funny and can be spot on. We were like that in the beginning too: Buying chicks, adolescent hens and roos, and always keeping our eyes open for more. But how do you know when you have tooContinue reading “Adding More and More Birds to Your Existing Flock”

Getting Started on Having and Raising Chickens

I live in a small town southwest of Oklahoma City, but originally I’m from Dallas, so I’m more familiar with fashion and makeup trends than I am with a farm and chickens. My first experience with chickens was several years ago on my mother-in-law’s ranch in East Texas, unless you count eating chicken. She ordered some Rhode Island Reds, which at the time I had no idea what that meant. I certainly wasn’t aware