It seems with all that’s going on in Washington, folks are wanting some answers from their elected officials – who are rather “chicken.” See this story on how one Michigan community tried to get the attention of their representative.
Archive for February, 2017
The event is at the Good Food Festival, Sat March 18, at the UIC Forum (725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL).
Even chickens are feeling love of country these days. Jokgu the Brahma hen plays “America the Beautiful” on the piano – no, really!
I’ve gotten several calls lately about chickens who aren’t eating their (new) food. Here’s what’s likely going on.
Birds are persnickety creatures, and any change to routine or environment can upset the applecart: construction noises may cause them to stop laying, a new object in the cage/coop may be avoided at all costs out of fear, it may take a while to get used to a new coop.
Diets are no different. If you switch from a crumble to a pelleted diet, for example, your birds may avoid the new food completely.
Chicken feed comes in several forms: mash (finely ground), crumble (looks like Grape Nuts), pellets (the name gives it away!), and a mix of grains with pellets, grit, etc. If you are changing to a different form of food, your birds may not recognize the new stuff as food.
Not to worry – here’s what to do. For the first week or two, mix 25% new feed and 75% old feed. Then switch to 50% new 50% old for a week or two, followed by 75% new, 25% old for a week or two. Finally, you should be able to feed them the new diet at 100%.
During this process, observe the chickens and check their crops to make sure they are eating the new food. Birds have been known to starve themselves during a diet change.
Ever considered how to keep bees, goats, chickens, ducks or quails in your backyard? Join AUA’s winter gathering for free, fun workshops on daily care, ideal breeds, how to troubleshoot common problems, and professionals’ tips for being a good neighbor with animals in the city!
All levels of expertise and interest welcome, from the experienced to the curious! In addition to these great workshops, students will guide us on behind-the-scenes tours of their livestock barn and aquaponics center!
Area urban livestock groups and businesses will also staff resource tables with information on further learning opportunities, support networks, sources of supplies and equipment, and more.
To power all that learning, we’ll have tasty local food and beverage vendors with us as well! Don’t miss this fun opportunity to expand your knowledge, connect with other practitioners, and get close to a goat. Spread the word to your networks, send questions to email@example.com, and see you then!
**Unfortunately, Home to Roost will not able to attend this year due to chicken-keeping classes at the Morton Arboretum.
Check out my 2017 event schedule. Hope to see you in a class or at an event. If you’re interested in a class but have conflicts with the dates it is offered, I can do an in-home session. Just drop me a note!