when building for your birds, don't forget the dust box. ..... sand mixed with ash from the fireplace & diatomaceous earth to keep mites away!

dust box for chickens under the coop. when building for your birds, don't forget the dust box. If you don't they will dig up plants--trust me on this!

Great homemade PVC pipe feeder for the chicken coop! Food funnels in from both ends.

Great homemade PVC pipe feeder for the chicken coop! Food funnels in from both ends. This gives me an idea that this might work for feeding songbirds . just make holes smaller and/or use smaller pvc pipes.

Eggshell Quality ~ There are a number of causes of pale/poorly shelled eggs: 1.Respiratory Diseases 2.Bright sunlight can cause pale shelled eggs. Keeping birds enclosed for several days can reverse this.3.Laying cycles -  4.Calcium or vitamin D3 deficiency If the birds are on a good diet w/ crushed oyster shell they should not have diet related egg shell problems. However, if you suspect that this is the problem then you can supplement 5.Stress6.Genetics - bear in mind that

Egg & Laying Issues, Health and Common Diseases - The Chicken Vet. This was interesting but of course you can wash and eat dirty eggs.

Freezing eggs, can be kept up to a year...just thaw at room temp and use as normal.

Tip for Freezing Eggs

Freezing eggs when they go on sale in your ice cube tray. Crack one egg in each cube and remove from tray when frozen to a ziplock bag to free up your ice cube trays. Place the tray in a ziplock bag while freezing to preserve freshness

In the first few days between day 1 and four you can sex chickens by looking at their wings.  If all the feather tips are even you have a male.  If there are two rows you have a female.

male chick In the first few days between day 1 and four you can sex chickens by looking at their wings. If all the feather tips are even you have a male. If there are two rows you have a female.

Perfect for my chick coop planning

The Egg-cellent guide to chicken breeds. a visualisation of some of the most common chicken breeds, detailing important information such as country of origin, size and egg-laying figures.

Where eggs really come from

The reproductive cycle of the chicken OR why you dont a rooster to lay an egg. (I love the last line: "If the rooster loves the chicken very much, he gives her a big hug.

Chicken breed & egg color chart

I would love to have welsummers, salmon faverolles and wheaten Ameraucanas - beautiful chickens and eggs!

Here is a simple fix to get your chickens to lay their eggs IN the nest box.

Use decoy eggs (golf balls, ceramic eggs, etc.) to get the chickens to lay eggs in all the nest boxes.

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