Tag Archives: Chicken

Fall Composting

This is the time of year when I do one final clean up before the weather starts to cool off. I clean the chicken coop, rake all the animal areas and any leaves that fell (not many here in Florida) and put everything into the compost pile.

This will probably be the last cleaning of the coop for a couple months. Unless it turns out to be a warm Fall. I leave the coop alone to create heat that helps keep the chicken warm during what few cold weeks we have.  More on “Winterizing Your Coop Florida Style” later.

For more on leaf composting and to see what a pile of leaves looks like, check out this post by City Girl Farming

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Robin’s Chicken Noodle Soup

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1 package of Egg Noodles
1 lb of Chicken Breast
1 box of Chicken broth
Twice as much water as Chicken Broth
Two carrots
Three sticks of celery
1 TBS of Butter
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Oregano
Basil (half as much as the Oregano)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Cut chicken into cube like pieces and cook on medium-high. Use Olive Oil in the pan and season lightly with basil and oregano.
While chicken is cooking, chop carrots and celery and saute in butter, oregano, and basil in the pot you are going to cook your soup in.
CWRobinsChickenNoodleSoup When the chicken is done pour the chicken broth, water, noodles and all contents in the pan used to cook the chicken into the pot of carrots and celery. Add more oregano and basil to taste, as well as salt and pepper. Boil until the noodles are done. Serve!

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Lights In Your Coop?

Along with the excitement of cooler weather and all the preparations for the Holidays, come the shorter days of winter and slowing down of egg production.

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Hens need 12-17 hours of daylight per day to lay eggs depending on the breed. By the time Fall rolls around, our days are limited to 12 hours and continue decreasing throughout the winter.

Do you put supplemental lighting in your coop to encourage egg production?

There are arguments to both sides of this question. Those in favor of lights believe it’s just a way to fix the problem of not enough light. Those against lights believe this is a time God made for the hens to rest their bodies.

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What do you think?

Personally, I’ll be putting lights up soon. My girls haven’t been doing enough laying to need to rest.

For more information check out this post on The Chicken Chick.

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Hens Not Laying?

Have your hens stopped laying? I’ve seen many posts on Facebook groups from people asking why their hens might not being laying. Here are the basic reasons from House, Barn, Farm.

Oh No! Not getting eggs? Here are 4 reasons why. *House.Barn.Farm.*

 

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Ducks 101

We decided to get ducks! Why? ..My daughter said she would help take care of them. Other than that, I’ll let you know as soon as I know. For now they’re soft, cute and cuddly.

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I did a little research before I gave the final OK and here’s what I found out.

Basics Information (Ours are Pekins, the most common breed)

Ducks are water fowl. They get along with other fowl and also other friendly, safe, domestic pets. They like to swim and like to lay in the shade.

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Females are called ducks, males are called drakes and babies are called ducklings. Drakes are quieter than ducks and can be identified by a curl feather on their tail.

Ducklings are covered in down until feathers come in 1 – 3 months. They start laying eggs by about 4-6 months old and lay at least 200 eggs per year. Ducks will not sit on a clutch of eggs until there is about 15 eggs.

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Duck eggs are larger than chicken eggs, richer tasting and the yoke is a brighter orange. (I’ll let you know in the spring :)).

Most ducks are larger and heavier than chickens and larger ducks generally don’t fly.

Food and Water

Ducks don’t scratch like chickens do, but they do forage for bugs and some foliage and garden plants such as lettuce and strawberries. They don’t have teeth, so all vegetables fed to them should be soft. There main feed is duck or wild game starter, which are higher in protein and calcium than chicken feed.

Ducks like to play in water and can get things very muddy. It is not necessary that they have water to play in, but it should be deep enough for them to submerge their head, to clean their nostrils, eyes and to drink. Water should be kept clean, changing daily if necessary.

Housing

Ducks need shelter from the elements and predators. Something like a dog house works well as long as it is made predator proof from raccoon, possums, neighborhood cats and dogs. A safe area to stretch out and run around in will keep them happy and healthy.

Ducks don’t normally put themselves to bed like chickens do, but they can be trained to go in their coop at night. They don’t need nesting boxes, they’ll lay anywhere.

Litter may need to be changed daily if it’s getting wet. It needs to be kept dry to prevent bacteria and disease.

On to the scrap pile to build a duck house!

*Photos by Dena Speropulos