Flock Focus Friday, 8/8/14

Summer Chickens

We have enjoyed virtual weather perfection here in New England this week, which has allowed me plenty of time to putter in the yard and garden. The chickens have been making good use of the sunshine too, enjoying hours of Cucumber Tetherball! When not outside, I spent quite a lot of time researching and writing an article for you about the benefits of Sweet PDZ with chickens as I welcomed Sweet PDZ as my newest sponsor!

Cucumer tetherball.

Sweet PDZ has been used primarily by horse keepers over the past 25 years to control ammonia, odors and moisture in horse stalls, but somehow it has remained largely under the backyard chicken community’s radar. I wondered how the moisture produced by horses might compare to chickens and was shocked when I extrapolated the data to draw the comparison: it would take more than 200 laying hens to produce the same amount of waste as one average sized horse in a day, not including litter! If you haven’t already read my article about how this product can benefit your flock’s health and make your coop smell sweeter, I invite you to do so! The article can be read HERE.

it would take more than 200 laying hens to produce the same amount of waste as one average sized horse in a day, not including bedding!
Baby Frederick (Serama) is becoming more independent from Freida (Silkie) but still seeks the warmth of her fluffy wing when he’s chilly.
Silver Laced Wyandotte
Silver Laced Wyandotte. 
Dorking cockerel
 Sampson, Dorking cockerel
Barred Plymouth Rock and White Faced Black Spanish pullets.
 Barred Plymouth Rock and White Faced Black Spanish pullets.

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Kathi SjobeckFrindizzle2bxplrdon the hill-TaraMelissa Recent comment authors

I love those pictures- Never knew you lived in New England!


I couldn't resist buying a 3 day old Blue Silkie Chick a couple of days ago! I pray that it will be a hen because that's what my beautiful ZiZi was…she's my picture. I'd love to share pics as she grows please let me know how to go about doing that. We give you such support and we are rooting for you to when against your ignorant neighbor and the city!

on the hill-Tara
on the hill-Tara

Found your blog after my husband saw your lawsuit in the news. We also live in CT and are new to chicken keeping this spring and love them. We currently have 20 and have my list going for a "few more" next spring. I am enjoying reading all the chicken blogs out there and it encourages me to start one as well. I'll def be following you . Thanks

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