So, you want to keep backyard chickens? Some lessons are painful and expensive to learn by experience, so in the hope of sparing some growing pains for those about to embark on chicken-keeping, I have asked my Facebook fans what they wish they had known before they began keeping chickens. The following are some of their replies and a few of my own.

Things I Wish I Had Known Before Getting Chickens

So, you want to keep backyard chickens? Some lessons are painful and expensive to learn by experience, so in the hope of sparing some growing pains for those about to embark on chicken-keeping,

DIY recycled tire for chicken dust bath. Mix equals amounts of wood ash, builder’s sand soil, food grade diatomaceous earth.

DIY recycled tire for chicken dust bath. Mix equals amounts of wood ash, builder’s sand soil, food grade diatomaceous earth. Also love the idea of using tires.

How to Raise Chickens for Beginners – Part One   We just took the plunge into chicken land too.  This is a great post that I needed to read.  #chicken  #really  howdoesshe.com

How to Raise Chickens for Beginners

How to Raise Chickens for Beginners – Part One We just took the plunge into chicken land too. This is a great post that I needed to read. chicken really

List of Herbs For Healthy Chickens

Herbs for Healthy Chickens.There are a number of common herbs to grow for chickens' general health. Herbs can also be used to treat infestations of worms, lice and mites. When herbs are used as a food for chickens they will only eat what they need.

Mites - How to Prevent Them and Treat your Chickens Naturally  Spraying your coop and roosts for several days in a row with a mixture of 2 cups water, 1 cup cooking oil and 1 tablespoon dish washing liquid will help kill off the mites by suffocating them. Shake well before using because the mixture will separate. The coop should be sprayed at least once a week for several weeks in conjunction with treating your hens directly.

Fresh Eggs Daily®: Mites - Natural Prevention and Treatment for your Chickens

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