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April 2011 Blog Posts (9)

Rabbit Barn part 2

After a few good days (ok, prob weeks actually) of taking some time off from the barn, we've got 95% of the south side finished!  Just need to install the water line (can do that later since we do have bottles for the time being), put end caps on the drop boards, install the down spout and cut the drop boards to the correct angle on the bottom row and we'll be ready to go, though we are going to swap out the top row of 4 cages for a row of 5 cages to maximize our area and we'll be off to…


Added by Julie on April 20, 2011 at 9:39am — 11 Comments

chicken coops/help with questions

Just to let anyone in need know...I have five coops still available (from 2 to 25 birds). I have years of experience with poultry and farm stock. Sandi and I have been helping many get started and are always available for questions. We currently are keeping a about hundred birds in our flock. It is a good time of year though...the new chicks are arriving soon.

Added by Mark neitzelt on April 19, 2011 at 8:15pm — 6 Comments

Blogs, Forums, Groups

We have noticed quite a few posts to the Blogs section of the website which answer questions or share links to resources rather than take on an article like appearance.  Generally, blogs are intended for documenting your process on a project or sharing information.  You are certainly welcome to post where you want, but we offer the following tips just in case people are unfamiliar with how to get the best results on this site.

If you have a question, consider posting it to one of our…


Added by Administrator on April 18, 2011 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Raising Chickens for Dummies - First Time Chicken Owner Tips

Tips on Raising Backyard Chickens

So suddenly you have found yourself interested in raising chickens. Or maybe this is something that you have been dreaming about for a long time now. In either case, it is extremely important to make sure that you are reading everything you can and learning everything there is to possibly know about raising chickens before you even attempt to begin. There are investment costs to consider along with a lot of hard work and sweat. 

Once you do get…


Added by Suzie O'Connor on April 18, 2011 at 1:27pm — 1 Comment

New Litter JOY

So Yesterday  Misty had her second Litter.  My first Purebred American Blue Litter.  Yeah!!!  She decided to change things up on me this time around.   She did not use her Nest box but built a nice grass nest in the corner and down one side of her cage.  so I did worry a bit how they would make it but as of this morning they are full bellied and squirmy so I am woring on not worrying.  I figure since they have made it through the first 24 hours we are good.  So we will see how everyone is in a… Continue

Added by Treasa on April 11, 2011 at 7:07am — 23 Comments

Choosing The Perfect Chicken For Your Backyard Flock

You may wish to have a backyard flock, but the difficulty arises in choosing the perfect chicken for the purpose. The three main factors to take into consideration for choosing a backyard breed are; space, environment and the eggs available. You would have to study the common breeds of chicken to determine which of them would get along with the three factors stated.

Purpose of Breeding Chicken

First of all you have to decide what the purpose of rearing chickens is. Do…


Added by Suzie O'Connor on April 10, 2011 at 4:46am — 8 Comments

What You Need To Know To Start A Chicken Farm

If you'd like to succeed as a chicken farmer, then they are things that you need to keep in mind with regards to information and preparation.  Some people become chicken farmers as a hobby, but some have decided that they can turn a nice business out of farming chickens.  These are all well and fine, but one needs to make sure that they have a plan to set up the chicken farm…


Added by Suzie O'Connor on April 8, 2011 at 5:32am — No Comments

Rabbit Barn...

April 4th.  That's today :)  We began getting the barn ready in February or March.... long enough ago that I don't even remember when it was!  After having the ideal set up at our old house in Paradise Valley and now off the rabbit wagon again, I (we) were faced with a little bigger issue of where to put the little darlings (yes.. on 2+ acres, I was having problems on where to put rabbits believe it or not).  So, we decided, it was time to turn our breeding lab (we stand and ship semen on…


Added by Julie on April 4, 2011 at 2:21pm — 27 Comments

The hard part of raising your own meat.

Over the last several months. I have shared my joy and fun at raising rabbits.   I really have not shared the hard parts.  There are hard parts to this and choices to be made.

One of the realities of growing your own meat is Butchering.  Those of you raising your own  meat, whatever that may be, are pretty aware of that.   I have handled this process fairly welll with those rabbits

 I have raised for that purpose.   I have found , however, that the true commitment to this lies…


Added by Treasa on April 2, 2011 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

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