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Murano Chicken Farm · 7M ago

12 Clever ways to reuse eggshells

If you have chickens you probably dispose of a lot of eggshells. I know I was throwing out dozens and dozens a week until I started looking for ways to reuse them. Luckily there are a lot of ways to reuse eggshells. The shell of an egg is made of cal...
Murano Chicken Farm · 7M ago

Using straw as coop bedding

I haven't talked about coop bedding lately so I think it's about time we talked about it again. We've already discussed using fall leaves and shredded newspaper, so this time I want to talk about using straw in the chicken coop. Straw is the first ti...
Murano Chicken Farm · 7M ago

Planting a chicken feed garden

As you know I'm a huge fan of feeding chickens for free or on the cheap. I realized a few years back that if I make a small effort to plant some extra vegetable plants when I'm planting my garden, I can use those for feed for the chickens and make a ...
Murano Chicken Farm · 7M ago

Getting new chicks: should you hatch or buy?

If you're anything like me you get chick fever every year! It seems like ever time I turn around there are cute little chicks right in front of me. I see them hopping around in tubs in feed stores, pictures on Facebook, chick sale emails coming direc...
Murano Chicken Farm · 7M ago

What does a goose coop need?

I've had many questions about the details of my goose coop over the years. I've been asked why I built a separate goose coop, what does a goose coop need and was it difficult to build? I decided to answer those questions. The coop was built specifica...
Murano Chicken Farm · 7M ago

How long do chickens live?

Have you ever wondered "How long do chickens live?" This question came up the other day while I was feeding Sally her favorite treat, mealworms! Sally is an Olive Egger hen and she came from one of the first eggs I hatched in an incubator. I realized...
Murano Chicken Farm · 7M ago

4 Ways to keep your chickens from sleeping in the nest boxes

All winter long my chickens have been trying my patience with their sleeping in the nest box antics. I do mean all winter long! Of course you never want chickens to sleep in the nest boxes because they poop in them. Poop in the nest boxes gets on the...
Murano Chicken Farm · 7M ago

How to get rid of mice in the chicken coop

The last couple of days have felt like spring and with the weather warming up comes all the little problems you don't notice as much in the winter. Like mice. Anytime you have feed around you're going to have wild critters looking for a free meal. Lu...
Murano Chicken Farm · 7M ago

How to treat an injured chicken

As chicken keepers we see our fair share of injuries in the flock. Whether it be because of feather puling, bullying or predators we often have to take care of their wounds at home. Finding a chicken vet can be difficult if not impossible in some are...
Murano Chicken Farm · 7M ago

How and why to break a broody hen

I've had Silkies for as long as I've had chickens. I had heard they were great at raising chicks but I really didn't have a clue how determined they could get. When a Silkie goes broody she just doesn't give up! She will decide to hatch some babies a...