Watch Your Chicks Closely

Baby chicks can get into a lot of trouble in a very short time. It pays to make a lot of visits to your brooder house, at short intervals, to see that everything is going alright for them.

If you don’t have your chicks in a well protected area … you don’t want to take the chance that your heater isn’t working properly, or that your automatic water isn’t giving the chicks plenty of water, or that the birds are getting trampled or don’t have enough fresh air.

You want to check up on them by making frequent visits.

Kelson

No hatching ? … No Boy Roosters

If you’re not saving eggs for hatching, there’s no reason for males to be in your laying flock.

So get them out at once!

Why?

Because males do not increase egg production for you hens.   So, you only want to produce infertile eggs for human consumption, If you’re not going to be hatching your eggs.  PLUS + having boys around (if you’re not going to end up eating them) will raise your feed costs as well.
Kelson

One Chicken Floor Upgrade Option

Maybe you’re looking for new ways to upgrade your chicken coop floor?  If so, here’s an idea you might take a look at:

concrete floors are easy to clean, rodent proof, fireproof, and give many years of good use.  So this may be just what you’re poultry house needs this spring.

You just want to make sure that where you put a concrete patch is at a home you’re going to be at for many years, or were other people can appreciate having it.  You definitely don’t want to drive down the value of your home, because there is a massive, permanent scene in patch in the backyard that no one can get rid of.

I just mention this as a way to upgrade, if you’ve been looking for something nicer and easier to maintain.

Kelson

Chefs Teaming Up with Local Farmers

This is a great article, that talks about a budding development in restaurant markets. Chefs, like John Besh The New Orleans Chef, are starting to focus on and work with local farmers.

Why?

From Collection of John Besh

“With the price of fuel, the local farmer is a more economical choice,” Besh says. “We’re not paying exorbitant shipping costs. Spending more on a smaller farm is cheaper than buying bulk produce that’s been shipped across the country.”

PLUS …

“I know how he cares for it, what he does. I know he’s not pouring bleach or boric acid on the plants to keep the bugs away. I trust him to produce a product that’s clean and without

chemicals.”

Check out this interesting article about this new development of chefs teaming up with local farmers.

Kelson

From Collection of John Besh