Check out this sneak peek of the footage we shot during the First Seven Days of our most recent flock. I think you’ll agree, Doc Scott’s homestead is a beautiful place to live, love and learn!
What is a quality chick? Even though he’s seen millions of chicks in his lifetime this poster hangs in his coop as quick reminder of what to be checking. Yes, Doc Scott knows it by heart but glancing at it … Read the rest
Doc Scott had an amazing day on farm with the Chicken Farmers of Ontario and we are blown away at the wonderful response! The video is about to have 100,000 views! What a milestone! Share it with your flock today!… Read the rest
The latest installment of our GoPro on a Rooster video series gives us an inside look at the life of a free range chicken. Our rooster went on a foraging adventure; little did he know that his Mrs. was right … Read the rest
In my “GoPro on a Rooster” series of videos, we are going undercover inside my chicken coop to see how my chickens behave when humans aren’t around. In this video, I can see one of my hens eating feathers….
In my GoPro on a rooster series of videos, we go inside the coop to see how chickens react when humans aren’t around!
In this video series, we take an undercover look at life inside the coop when humans aren’t around. As you’ll remember, I outfitted my Brahma rooster with a GoPro camera to capture video of behavior that may surprise you!
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I recently got a question from Lorraine, a backyard chicken farmer. Lorraine asks:
“I am a backyard farmer and want to do free range chickens for meat and eggs. Can I use … Read the rest
I recently built an outside addition to my chicken coops. I’m always learning about my flock, and I learned last summer that I needed to both protect my vegetable garden from my birds and also protect them from the various … Read the rest
I have always been fascinated by the behavior of chickens. Behavioral patterns tell you so much about your flock: the challenges they may be facing that affect egg production, issues with their health, or unwanted vices they have. The behavior … Read the rest
I remember traveling to Cuba on behalf of the Ontario government in the early 1990’s. This was an agriculture mission, working with the Cuban government on strategies for improving poultry, swine and dairy production. The experience was tremendous, as I … Read the rest
I recently visited Grandma iChicken in Quebec, where I grew up. She made a fantastic feast for our Easter dinner, including a delicious baked bean recipe that has been around since before I was born! This is a must-try.
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I take time each day to meditate and read from the Bible. Today I was pondering Psalm 91: 1 – 2, 4 (NIV):
He who dwells in the shelter of the most high will rest in the shadow of the … Read the rest
For large, Grade A eggs, one can assume
- 12 yolks = 1 cup
- 12 whites = 12/3 cups
- 5 whole eggs = 1 cup
- 3 tablespoons whole scrambled eggs = 1 whole egg
- 1 tablespoon yolk + 2 tablespoons white
Early this winter, I let the chickens out on a day after a light snow fall. The chickens quickly came out of their door, down the ramp onto the dirt pad, and then stopped. It was clear that to
Meet my broiler chickens! Broilers are chickens we raise with the intention of harvesting them for their meat, as opposed to layer chickens, which we raise primarily for the eggs they lay. I raise both categories, and have a coop … Read the rest
As fun, rewarding, and interesting as raising your own chickens can be, it’s also work! Great and worthwhile work, but work nonetheless. Paying attention to the details while raising chickens in their environment is really important. Being a chicken manager … Read the rest
You have a few options when selecting a nest box fill. In my coop, I’ve chosen to use pine needles (also known as pine straw) for my nest boxes. I was really excited about my pine needles! They were dry, … Read the rest
It’s amazing to watch the way in which innate instincts in a young pullet reveal themselves as she adapts to her new surroundings. Earlier, I mentioned some of the things I’ve been learning as … Read the rest
Good day iChickeners! I hope you are enjoying the last weeks of spring as much as I am. I want to share a humorous, short story with you that serves as … Read the rest
Great news! Blood spots on the yolks of your eggs are perfectly safe to eat and are not harmful.
What is a blood spot? It is a pinhead-sized red or brown spot on the yolk of an egg. These are … Read the rest
Do you remember when I told you about the heritage chicken breed program at the University of Alberta? Well, I decided that I really want to be a part of heritage breed preservation in my own coops.
I have … Read the rest
April 26 was an exciting day! We we brought home twelve 19-week-old starter pullets (young hen) from a reputable pullet operation here in Ontario. These beautiful pullets are ready to lay. By manipulating their feed (or ration) a bit and … Read the rest
It’s been more than a year in the making, but our layer coop is finally built and is now abuzz with activity! I’ll devote plenty of upcoming posts explaining to you what I did, how I did it, and why … Read the rest
Healthy chicks become healthy chickens! So how do you know you have a healthy chick? Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
▪ Your chick should be vibrant and active.
▪ Your chick should vocalize contentedly. Is your … Read the rest
When I think of backyard farming, the word that comes to mind is simplicity. Simplicity is the art of getting away from the complexities of life and enjoying the peace and harmony of capturing the harvest at home. To … Read the rest
I took a walk beside our cedar rail fence row and uncovered a little treasure. As cold as it was, this spring beauty, a Crocus, peered out of the soil, coming to life. These little lilac blue perennials with goblet … Read the rest
I believe that an important part of living sustainably is making a commitment the preservation of animal breeds and biodiversity, particularly those near extinction. … Read the rest
It may come as a surprise, but chicks have some key biological similarities with reptiles.
For one, chicks cannot regulate their
body temperature after hatching, which means their internal temperature varies with their environment. For this reason, chicks are classified … Read the rest