The Homesteader's Creed - The homesteading movement is spreading across the country at lighting speed. Families are looking for ways to live on less, be more self-sufficient, and are changing the way they look at how they live. #homesteading
Fresh or dried herbs in your nesting boxes not only work as insecticides, but also have anti-bacterial properties, and can act as natural wormers, anti-parasitics, insecticides, rodent control, stress relievers and laying stimulants. Here is a partial list of common herbs and flowers and their beneficial properties:
10 Most Fequently Asked Chicken Questions - Byron's friend Mike sprays Poultry Protector on a Buff Orpington. It's a non-toxic, all-natural product safe for use in the coop and directly on chickens to help clean away mites, lice, and fleas.
Hen Facts: A hen lives an average of 5-7 years, but can live up to 20 years. She'll lay eggs her entire life, with production decreasing every year from year one. This hen is a Buff Orpington. Once a hen gets to be 7 years old, she would only lay eggs in the spring....once she is over 10 years, they pretty much stopped . . . . . . . a hen's average life is 14 years. Many folk only raised their hens for the eggs.....