When Do Chickens Start Laying Eggs? (And Why They Stop)

When Do Chickens Start Laying Eggs? (And Why They Stop)

Let’s face it, most of us start raising chickens in order to have fresh eggs daily. The question of the day is “when do these freeloaders start paying rent?” If you’ve had your chickens for a couple of months or more and haven’t enjoyed collecting eggs for your morning breakfast, you’re not alone. We have…

Bird Flu Busters – 5 Strategies for a Healthier Flock

Bird Flu Busters – 5 Strategies for a Healthier Flock

We’ll share information on bird flu virus symptoms and transmission, plus five strategies for a healthier flock of backyard chickens. In January 2022, the USDA confirmed H5N1 bird flu (avian influenza) in wild birds. Since then, commercial and private flocks around the country have been impacted. In January 2023, 25,000 turkeys were culled due to…

Best Windbreak Trees for Warm or Cold Climates
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Best Windbreak Trees for Warm or Cold Climates

Selecting the right windbreak trees is important to create a long lasting shelterbelt. Windbreak trees can be part of a food forest, reduce heating and cooling costs, and more. How to Pick Trees for a Windbreak The best windbreak trees are those suited to your local environment. Check temperature range, acidity, altitude, moisture levels, diseases, infections…

Windbreak Design: Maximize Your Land’s Potential
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Windbreak Design: Maximize Your Land’s Potential

The key elements of windbreak design are the purpose of your windbreak planting, species selection, and density. Once you determine your primary goals (plant, people, or livestock protection, for example) you base the rest of your design on these goals. One planting can provide many different benefits.