Chicken Treats for Backyard Chickens

We’ve been looking around to see what other chicken owners are using as treats for their beloved chooks.

Here is just a handful.

Our friends over at Fresh Eggs Daily, have a really good list and helpful hints.

Fresh Eggs Daily®: Healthy Chicken Treat Guide


Chickens are true omnivores. They are not vegetarians. When left to their own devices as they have been for generations on family farms, they will seek out a wide variety of weeds, grasses, seeds, grains, fruits, …

Chicken Treat Chart: The Best Treats For Backyard Chickens


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Herbicide Damage

If you are using the herbicide and it by accident gets on your preciouise plants you must hose them back quickly. The earlier accomplished the less probability of harm impacting the health of your own plant.

Often when we’re spraying somewhere else the wind can conduct the spray with vegetation and yes it won’t be until finally at some point after that this injury from this appears.

This injury will appear because results in that are presently smaller, shortened along with damage.

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Bargain corner 15th February, 2012

Well we’ve been hunting high and low for you and this is what we’ve come up with.
Spring is definitely in the air now, so this weeks bargains include:

The Gardman 4 Tier Mini Greenhouse from Amazon

Thinking about growning your own veg this year? then this is the ideal for you if you haven’t got much space.

  • Ideal for seed germination, rooting cuttings, plant growing and displays
  • Robust steel and polypropylene construction
  • Easy to assemble in minutes with all instructions included

And with a whopping 83% discount!

10 litre Big Watering Can in green

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What are Food miles and why should we care about food miles?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Food miles is a term which refers to the distance food is transported from the time of its production until it reaches the consumer. Food miles are one factor used when assessing the environmental impact of food, including the impact on global warming.

Food miles logoThe concept of food miles originated in the early 1990s in the United Kingdom. It was conceived by Professor Tim Lang, at the Sustainable Agriculture Food and Environment (SAFE) Alliance and first appeared in print in a report “The Food Miles Report: The dangers of long-distance food transport”, researched and written by Angela Paxton.

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Another egg for the egg skelter – chicken number 3 is laying today

Well how fabulous, yesterday we had three eggs from our three chickens! This is so egg-citing – sorry but I’m overwhelmed with puns on “ex-” to “eggs-” words.

Once each of them is laying an egg a day we will quickly fill up our egg skelter that my sister-in-law Ann Marie gave us for Christmas!

egg skleter - a spiral-shaped rack

Egg Skelter from Omlet - know which eggs to eat next

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Who Cares about What Food Miles are?

Well I care about food miles for one, but it’s increasingly clear that businesses are doing their bit too, finding ways to sell food with practically zero food miles:

The UK supermarket chain Budgens has a roof top farm in London which grows fruit, vegetables and herbs that it sells in the supermarket below. I make that zero miles.

Rooftop Supermarket Garden Delivers Zero Food Miles Produce

When I last wrote about Food From the Sky”s rooftop supermarket garden, they had just picked up an award for their zero food miles produce. It seems the project is still going strong, and I”ve just come across a great video.

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2 out of 3 chickens are laying now.

Since our first hen (Mustard) started laying on January 8th, she’s laid an egg for us every morning. Other chicken keepers we’d spoken to had said that once they start to lay they don’t always lay every day or that we may get “wind” eggs. But good old Mustard has given us one every day, including this morning. I went out this afternoon to give them their afternoon treat (mixed corn today) and checked the nesting box and there was a second egg! We think it was probably Raucous Ruby (nicknamed “raucous” because she is the noisiest of our three chickens). It was a lighter brown colour than Mustard’s and almost speckled – quite pretty.

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Whoopee! Our first egg arrived today!

Well this was a very exciting day in our household. I’ve been checking the nesting box everyday – just in case, but without much hope. The eldest of our 3 hens has a comb that is much deeper bit and much bigger than the other so I’ve been thinking she might be mature enough to lay. But it’s only the first week in January (the 8th, to be precise), and while the days are noticeably longer I didn’t think it would make a difference. But, “hey presto” when I opened the lid of the nesting box this afternoon there was a lovely brown egg!. Now we are going to have to draw straws to see who has it for breakfast.

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Help on raising chickens in Texas

If you live in the Bryan are of Texas, and you are thinking about raising your own chickens in your backyard, you may be interested in this article from "The Eagle":

Tour to teach how to raise chickens | Bryan/College Station, Texas


Tour to teach how to raise chickens. Tweet. Eagle Staff Report. A group of chicken owners is hosting its second annual tour of backyard coops around Bryan-College Station on Sunday. The free event, from 2 to 5 p.m., offers a

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Chicken Sitting Diary Day 9 – Last Day of Chicken Sitting

Friday 2nd Sept

O dear, today, Annie and Pat came to pick up our oops their chickens. We were very sad to see them go. Mind you, it has given us a real idea of what chickens will do to a lawn. Here is an “after” photo of the area where the chicken house has been:
What's left of a lawn after a week of chickens

The slightly less bald area to the right is where the chicken house was, and the very bald part to the left is where the run was. So if you are proud of your lawn don’t let the chickens onto it. On the other hand if you are looking to clear a bit of weedy land that chickens might be the thing for you.

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