This is how you can help YOUR community with free eggs from you coop!

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Consider starting your own neighborhood egg co-op. Each member in your group gets an “egg share allowance” from your coop per week. Great for friends, neighbors, churches, schools, and even fundraisers for your charity. Most people that have chickens enjoy the eggs (who doesn’t!) but lets look at what YOU can do to help your entire neighborhood.

Think about food pantries, homeless shelters, maybe even halfway houses that can always use extra food to share with the people inside the walls that depend on them for the next meal….      

We have all heard…..the quote  “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Proverb quotes

What about chickens and eggs? That’s right. Ask your friends to pitch in with labor or supplies on a “community coop” your DREAM coop to be kept in your yard or perhaps the back of a church or food pantry. (be sure to check the regulations and zoning permits in your area)

Be sure to follow us at Blue Star Ranch for more details on raising chickens for your community.   I PERSONALLY will donate my time via telephone to help anyone with this project. Raising chickens is my passion. Somehow, I just want to pass along my joy to others.                          

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Caring For Chickens Natural Organic Probiotics

“Watch how we use Probiotics on our farm every day in this video. I believe in the power of probiotics for my poultry farm. This is a multi use product and I highly recommend it to prevent illnesses in chickens. This product has been tested in Universities around the world and is being used in 30 countries. No farm should be without this.” Mary Ann Fordyce owner

Probiotics “The Power Of Nature”

What If You Find Your Chicken Died…How Do You Know How It Happened?

It can happen.. one day you walk to your coop and you will find that it can happen to ANYBODY… Your chicken (pet or farm animal) is lying there DEAD.

What went wrong? Aside from the obvious, someone left the coop door open, or your find your dog with feathers all over his dog house… what are the “tell-tale” signs on how your chicken died?

The first thing is to remove the dead bird and calm down. Now, how to find out the real reason. Look for signs around the coop first. The first thing to consider is the POSITION of the dead bird. Is she under a roost upside down? or is the bird chewed and mangled? Are there holes dug near the corners of the coop? These can be indicators of WHAT killed the bird.

In addition, in some cases you may find a “missing” bird. this is also indications of a predator in your coop. If you find a trail of feathers all over the coop or outside of your coop this was a predator attack.

If you see that the chicken was lying under the roost its likely that she was pushed off the perch by other chickens and maybe broke her neck.

There are other factors to consider as well. Sudden weather changes, drenching rains and has there been any ill chickens in your coop? If this is the case there is likely a bacterial infection in your flocks and you need to be prepared to medicate them properly.(organic or store-bought you need to take care of those birds)

Consider too, the proper way to dispose of the dead bird (funeral if it’s a pet? or proper disposal of farm waste hazards?)

In all cases the loss of chickens are sad. Devastation to some folks (pets) and an annoyance to other chicken owners. (egg producers, meat producers)

Losing a chicken to death is never pleasant, but it can happen.

So you have hens… Do you REALLY want to hatch eggs?

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So you have a few chickens and in the spring are your thinking about hatching a few chicks? Here are a few things to consider. First get the right BREED of chicken. Most breeds from hatchery stock do not want to hatch eggs or even know why they lay eggs. So just because you have a chicken doesn’t mean she wants to be a “mama.” So a good type of chicken is perhaps a Silkie or maybe a version of a Bantam or “bannies” which are smaller chickens that seem to want to hatch eggs. They will hatch any chickens egg and not their own eggs. Or just purchase a good incubator on the market. its a good idea to test the temperature wafer BEFORE you pur in your precious eggs. Do a test run with only a few eggs before hatching all of your eggs. (remember don’t put all your eggs on one basket?)

Consider your region and the weather in your area. Is this time of year too cold for baby chicks? Most hens will want to get “broody” in the spring anyway. Be sure to count on hatching LOTS of roosters! and have a place for them when they are grown (soup pot? pet stores? dog food?)

Spring will be here soon…. Ready… Set…. Hatch…!!!!

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How Many? Which Breeds?

Who Many? Which Breeds?

Here is a STURDY breed for any beginner chicken owner Be SURE to use correct cleaners in your coop before adding chickens or starting a flock.

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‘We’ve reached the end of antibiotics’ CDC offical

‘We’ve reached the end of antibiotics’: Top CDC expert declares that ‘miracle drugs’ that have saved millions are no match against ‘superbugs’ because people have overmedicated themselves

This is a quote from a top CDC official… and it got me to thinking… what if this is not just hype but that maybe, just maybe humanity has overmedicated ourselves, our farm animals and over genetically modified all of our foods. perhaps we ourselves have allowed this to happen.

This and other stories like it are published all over. Moreover, there are strains of flue that are killing people in Texas and Missouri.

Thankfully, there is a product tested in Europe and used in Hospitals in 30 countries. Chrisal Probiotics that can be purchased now in the USA.

I, being an poultry farmer in agriculture understand the uses and lately the limitations of antibiotics. Further the “antibiotics” that I used to purchase at the feed stores no longer work for chickens. What will people do when antibiotics stop working in hospitals for humans. Something to think about.

Don’t BLAME yourself for mistakes- Enjoy your chickens heres why…

Over the years as I have raised chickens I’ve decided to stop beating myself up for the mistakes that I have made along the way. My small farm (medium? large? depending on who’s looking at Blue Star Ranch) has raised in the many thousands, maybe more of young chickens to adult laying age and supplied pet owners, farmers and businesses throughout Texas and other states.

When I was real new at raising chickens I went to forums and websites hoping to find the “magic answer” to all of my coop or chickens daily questions that ran though my mind. Is this answer right? could this just be an old wives tale? maybe this person has the answer.. I tried everything to make my small (and growing farm) “perfect” Well, I found that forums of thousands of “chicken club” friends weren’t really my friends. They mostly repeated stories, folklore and tidbits of handy information now and then. There was NO ONE person or place that really had what I was looking for.

There was no magic answer to all of the plagues of poultry and occasional losses of stock due to accidents or weather related catastrophes.

I came to know that in raising livestock sometimes things are just out of your control. The best thing you can do is be prepared for weather related issues, keep your coop as clean and balanced with bacteria (the right kind) and have supplies on hand BEFORE you need them. Then just do your best and sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Once I started doing all of these things and complete my “checklist” of chores, I sleep better at night knowing that my chickens are cared for in the best way possible. They have a happy secure farm life, and that’s the best anyone can do.