Why Do Chickens Bob Their Heads When They Walk?

July 17, 2018

Chickens, as well as pigeons, doves, cranes, magpie and quail among other birds, appear to bob their heads when they walk.

Some theories as to why they do this are to keep their balance or to provide depth perception, but most scientists agree that the real reason for why chickens bob their head when they walk is to maintain an acute sense of their surroundings.

Take a Peek at my Week - July 8 to 14

July 14, 2018

This week brought relief from the oppressive heat and humidity and Maine is back to being a great place to live! The days have been in the high 70s to low 80s and and the nights have been perfect for sleeping, in the 50s.

Herbs for Hens: When, Where & Why

July 10, 2018

Almost since the beginning of my chicken keeping journey, I've been incorporating herbs into my routine. I've read countless articles and scientific journals on the subject and spent even more hours just watching my chickens. 

Watching what they eat, what they don't, where they choose to take their dust baths. And I quickly became convinced that making a wide variety of herbs available to my chickens is what keeps them so healthy. 

Take a Peek at My Week - July 1 to 7

July 8, 2018

Sorry for the late post this week, but we had friends come stay with us and were busy doing the "tourist thing" with them this week. The early part of the week, as we welcomed July, we battled a crazy heat wave like the rest of the country and saw unheard of heat indices near 100 degrees. That meant ice water and cooling treats for all the animals, and lots of lazing around just trying to stay cool (without central air conditioning!). 

DIY Electrolyte Ice Cubes for your Chickens

July 3, 2018

Electrolytes in their water can really help backyard chickens immensely in the summer. Once the temperature rises much above 80 degrees Fahrenheit, they start to feel the effects. While chickens don't sweat like humans, they do lose fluids and electrolytes through panting, labored breathing, defecation and even egg laying!

You can just give them some plain Pedialyte, but I prefer to make my own electrolytes. You can stir the electrolyte powder into their water, or even better make some DIY Electrolyte Ice Cubes for them! 

How Do Chickens Stay Cool in the Summer?

July 2, 2018

Chickens don't have sweat glands like humans and so they can't sweat to stay cool. They can't just jump in a pond to cool off like ducks. Chickens can have a hard time when the heat of summer arrives. But once the temperatures start to rise, they do have some tricks in their arsenal to help them stay cool.

Take a Peek at our Week - June 24-30

June 30, 2018

This week I managed to tear myself away from the Littles (they'll be four weeks old this Sunday!) and - finally - get the top of our run done. As in, done right. We just had plastic poultry netting over the top, which has been great to keep out the hawks, but I've been worried that something like a weasel or fisher cat would climb up and over and tear right through it, so this week was the week to get that done. As you might already know if you follow on Facebook or Instagram, my husband and I did great at teamwork and got the whole project done with no yelling or crying (win for us!!!)

7 Methods for Controlling Flies Naturally around your Chicken Coop and Run

June 26, 2018

Flies are a nuisance in the summer and they can also transmit disease and the dreaded flystrike to your chicken flock.  Attracted to both feed (especially wet feed) and manure, their numbers quickly multiple if left unchecked.

Of course spraying chemicals around your coop and run is out of the question, and sadly chickens don't eat flies, so what's the best way to control flies naturally around the area?

Take a Peek at our Week - June 17 to 23

June 24, 2018

We heralded in the first days of summer here in Maine with bright sunshine and flowers everywhere! We have ten healthy babies - chicks and ducklings - who celebrate their three-week birthday this weekend.

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