Forced Molt: Starving Hens For Profit

Forced Molt

Lets’s talk about molting. Anyone who has ever kept chickens knows about the molt, that egg-production pause where hens shed old feathers and turn into tiny, ugly dinosaurs for a few weeks. During the molt, a natural response to reduced daylight, egg laying stops. Chicken’s can’t throw energy into making new feathers and eggs at the same [Continue Reading...]

Get A Shovel. This is Urban Homesteading.

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Today I put about thirty pounds of pork belly into cure for bacon and pancetta, made a loaf of bread, mixed a bottle of homemade citrus cleaner, and buried one dead chicken. Get a shovel. This is urban homesteading. If you keep chickens, dead chickens are part of the deal. You get what you get [Continue Reading...]

Solitary Confinement for Chickens

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When I let the hens out for some free range time yesterday, I noticed one of the Austra Whites was bloodied about the comb. We have two of this breed, and the other one was bullied a few months ago in the same way. I was so concerned about the mess of blood on our [Continue Reading...]

Rooster Porn And Reader Help

A friend – and more experienced chicken raiser than me – came over to check out the coop and the flock. She showed me how to inspect a chicken vent and we noticed that our only laying hen looked a little…uh…weird, down there. Later that day I received the following email from her: “So my evening consisted [Continue Reading...]