Caring for injured chicks can be challenging, mainly because most people who raise chickens are not familiar with what to do after an injury. Fortunately, chicks are very resilient and are able to heal easily from many traumas. There are several precautions that must be taken when caring for chicks. The first thing to remember when handling them is to wear gloves. This is to protect yourself from any diseases carried by the chick and to eliminate the risk of infecting the injury. [Read more...]
The urban ranching movement is becoming more popular every year. As consumers look to avoid growth hormones and genetically modified stock on one hand, and those looking to be more self-sufficient on the other hand, city-dwellers are looking for ways to avoid going to the supermarket. Laws regarding domesticated animals are being rewritten in towns throughout the United States in order to allow city-dwellers to keep and raise their own animals, especially chickens. [Read more...]
Regardless of the number of chickens or chicks you have, you will need to make use of a lot of bedding on the floor of the chicken coop. Bedding is an essential component of keeping the chickens both healthy and happy. On the floor of the coop, chick bedding serves to absorb urine, droppings and odor and this enables the environment of the chickens to be sanitary and have a fresh smell. In addition, it provides material for a soft landing for candling chicken eggs. [Read more...]
There are a few important factors that one must take into consideration while hatching eggs in an incubator. The first step in this process is to select right hatching chicken eggs. It is advisable to choose eggs from the hens that are capable of producing fertile eggs and have not had any disturbances during their mating session.
The eggs meant for hatching should be clean, healthy, and without any cracks or holes in the shells. Never wash or wipe hatching eggs as washing and wiping can damage the natural protective covering of the egg and thereby make it more vulnerable to disease causing organisms. Eggs with cracked shells are also prone to getting infected. [Read more...]