Sunday, January 5, 2014

Are you Ready for Baby Chicks?

This is the time of year people start thinking about how great it would be to have some baby chicks. These days there are so many different kinds (breeds) to choose from! And  if you buy some chicks this spring, most will give you fantastic, fresh eggs by July or August when they reach about six months of age.

When looking for a breed best for eggs, go with a dual purpose bird (one that can lay eggs well and be used for meat when desired). This group will give you the most options when it comes to color (feather variety), size, and temperament.

Do you want a fun chicken that is colorful to the eye, or a no-nonsense chicken? What color egg do you want....white? Pink? Brown? Dark brown? Blue? Green? They can come in all sizes and shades, depending on the breed of chicken you bring home.

How many eggs do you want to have each week for breakfast? A laying hen will lay about one egg every day and a half....so to get about a dozen eggs a week, you will need two to three hens.

If you need some help on raising chicks or advice on how to set up your coop, feel free to contact me for details about a consultation! You won't regret it!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Top Ten Signs You Have a Special Chicken

My friend and peer, Jennifer Murtoff, is the person who inspired me to become an "urban chicken consultant" a few years back. She is genuine, giving, and successfully started her own chicken consulting business in the Chicago area.

She shared this super-funny "Top Ten List" of David Letterman's on her blog, and I had to pass it along! Here is the video clip:



Sunday, March 3, 2013

Spring Time = Hatching Time!

Early each spring, my poultry friends begin to get their birds ready for the breeding season. For those who exhibit and show chickens, this is a vital time of year; it's serious business! Preparing breeding pens, charting genetics, making sure the birds are healthy, and laying - is a busy process. The birds that breeders hatch now will determine their success at shows later in the year.

For me and my family, it involves seeing how much room we have, and when the chicks will hatch....they are babies that need care and a watchful eye. Breeding and hatching is the easy part....it's the post-hatch care that takes the most time and effort.

If you are considering raising poultry for the first time and want to start with baby chicks, take care to learn what it takes and get the supplies you need before your chicks arrive. Plan ahead, have everything ready, and enjoy your new additions!



Thursday, December 13, 2012

Cigarette Butts May Prevent Mites

Scientific American just published an interesting article about cigarette butts and the white fibrous material inside; apparently, birds who's nests had more of this incorporated in the nest-building were less likely to have mites!
It appears that nicotine laced bedding made a difference...which makes me wonder if this might be something to look into for poultry owners.

Here's the article and a link to the original study:


"Cigarettes are bad for your health. But that’s only if you smoke ‘em. If you use them to line your nest, they might actually do you some good. Because birds that decorate their digs with discarded cigarette butts are less bothered by parasites. That’s according to a study in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters. [Monserrat Suárez-Rodríguez, Isabel López-Rull and Constantino Macías Garcia, Incorporation of cigarette butts into nests reduces nest ectoparasite load in urban birds: new ingredients for an old recipe?]
When building a nest, birds tend to make do with the materials at hand—or at beak. Twigs and leaves are popular choices. But what about city birds? Some reach for cigarettes, or at least the fluffy white fibers found in their filters.
Scientists got to wondering whether this habit might provide the birds benefits other than comfy bedding. So they grabbed the nests of finches and sparrows that were living on the campus of the National University of Mexico. That’s in the heart of Mexico City. And they found that the nests that were festooned with the most filter fiber had the lowest numbers of mites.
Could be that the little bloodsuckers are turned off by nicotine. Or maybe they’ve heard about the dangers of secondhand smoke. But for the birds, a butt a day might just keep mites away."

By Karen Hopkin
Podcast & Link: Scientific American - 60 Second Science

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Great Article in the Lodi News Sentinel!

Check out the spread in the "Life & Style" magazine insert in the Lodi News Sentinel!



Many thanks to reporter Jennifer Bonnett and Dan Evans - what a wonderful article which highlighted the great things about raising chickens!

For those of you who are interested in joining the Delta Backyard Poultry Meetup group, go to http://www.meetup.com/The-Delta-Backyard-Poultry-Meetup-Group/


 


 

Monday, October 1, 2012

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Chickens for Eggs is a consulting service for people interested in becoming owners of backyard chickens, as well as providers of specialized poultry care while you are away from home. Whether you are new to chickens or a seasoned flock owner, we can assist you with....

  • Choosing particular breeds of chickens that match your intended purpose (such as laying hens for eggs, rare breeds for a colorful flock, or pure-bred poultry for exhibition)
  • Coop set-up and design, as well as best space options and functionality
  • Feed and supplement recommendations
  • Identifying common poultry illnesses and causes, as well as possible treatment (including referral to an Avian Veterinarian)
  • The care of chicks and adult birds
  • "Best Practices" when it comes to coop bio security and sanitation
  • Poultry behavior and personalities
  • Predator protection recommendations
  • Emergency "911" chicken situations
  • And so much more!


No matter what your poultry need, we offer consultation services by phone, email, or in person (where available in the San Joaquin & Sacramento Valley/Gold Country/Foothills/Delta region). Contact us today for more information on rates and what we can provide - email us at chickensforeggs@gmail.com

"We're very impressed with your consulting service. You gave great advice and the thing we loved most about you was that your advice was "practical advice". You are awesome!!!!
I will recommend you to any of my chicken geek friends" - Melody & Robb



Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Finding Chickens in British Columbia, Canada


We recently returned from a family adventure in Canada! We took a road trip up to Vancouver Island and made stops along the way to see the sights. Naturally, looking for "anything chicken" meant keeping our eyes peeled for our feathered friends.


Along our way through Washington, one of the stops included the Museum of Flight in Seattle. What a great collection of planes and history!


Who could resist a plane called "Wyandotts"?




Once in Victoria, B.C., we made a visit to the world famous "Miniature World" on Humboldt Street. The building is filled with miniature displays (filled with replicas of just about everything you can imagine).

A farm....see the chickens at the top and to the left?









In Duncan we went to the Cowichan Valley Museum; I loved their artwork and cultural totem poles! This was a design of a hummingbird (I love hummingbirds).










Also in Duncan, we visited the Pacific Northwest Raptor Centre and saw some incredible birds! Here is Emily, our Raptor Presenter during the flight demonstration.


Emily with a Bald Eagle.


A barn owl swooping in.




Back in Victoria, we spotted a food truck called the "Hungry Rooster". 


A food truck in downtown Victoria, near the harbor.











Admittedly, the chickens were scarce on our trip, until the very end......
In Washington.