Top 3 Heritage Egg Laying Chicken Breeds | Backyard Eggs

Choosing the right egg laying chicken breeds for your backyard is an overwhelming task. There are literally hundreds of chicken breeds available and they all lay eggs. When you are looking for a hen that lays lots of eggs, you need a layer breed rather than a meat or dual purpose breed.

Choosing the right egg laying chicken breeds for your backyard is an overwhelming task. There are literally hundreds of chicken breeds available and they all lay eggs. When you are looking for a hen that lays lots of eggs, you need a layer breed rather than a meat or dual purpose breed. Continue reading “Top 3 Heritage Egg Laying Chicken Breeds | Backyard Eggs”

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How to Build an Automatic Waterer for Chickens or Rabbits for Less than $5

Automatic watering systems take the worry out of watering the animals. An auto waterer can last for several days and it keeps rabbits and chickens from making the water dirty or tipping it out. To make this automatic waterer I used a few things that I had laying around, but you could easily replace these with things you have or can make.

Our rabbits live in a colony, and they have been using metal bowls for their water. However they always tip over their water bowls before everyone has had a chance to have a drink. I decided that it was time to make an automatic waterer for the rabbits and another one the same for the chickens.

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The Ultimate Chicken and Rabbit Dust Bath Recipe

Did you know chickens love a dust bath? They use it to naturally repel fleas, mites, ticks and lice. This is our own recipe for the Ultimate Chicken Dust Bath

Chickens LOVE their dust baths, and surprisingly rabbits naturally roll in dust too! Why not set up a suped-up dust bath for them to help treat parasites while they are at it? You will need one dust bath for every 10- 15 or so chickens or every 5 adult rabbits, and put it somewhere it won’t get rained on so they can use it all year long. Continue reading “The Ultimate Chicken and Rabbit Dust Bath Recipe”

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Incubating Eggs Part Two – Disaster on the Egg Front!

So despite me trialing the DIY egg incubator for 24 hours and it holding its temperature well during the trial, we had a disaster! I moved the box into the laundry and set it up with the eggs and the auto-turner and all went well until I checked in on everyone in the morning to find 1) the temperature was only 35C (we are aiming for 36.5-38.5)and 2) the auto-turner was not turning anything – the bolt that held it on to the egg tray thingy had worked its way loose and it was gyrating all by itself in the corner.

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