For those of you getting chicks this spring, the chick stand could be a handy solution to the messy problem of chicks dragging poop and bedding into their food and water.
As suggested by Deborah Niemann, author of Homegrown and Handmade, as the birds get larger, people often hang the feeder/waterer or put it on blocks, but the same simple idea could be applied to prevent the birds from soiling their food and water.
Poultry expert Robert Plamondon suggests giving whole corn to chickens. In addition to contributing xanthophylls that make the yolks a lovely golden yellow, corn may help reduce the cost of feed. He suggests a 50/50 split of corn and pellets/laying feed.
According to Plamondon, if hens are fed oyster shells, grit is optional.
Regardless of whether or not you feed corn to laying hens, always give them a laying hen diet, which will provide proper, balanced amounts of vitally important protein, calcium, phosphorus, and other nutrients.
To read Plamondon’s article, click here.
Join Home to Roost Urban Chicken Consulting at Belmont Feed and Seed for a class on keeping chickens! Everything you need to know about chickens and then some.
DATE: Saturday, June 18
PLACE: Belmont Feed & Seed, 3036 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
TIME: 4 to 6 PM
COST: $25 per person
The owners will have a new shipment of chicks and a package deal on supplies for those who attend!
- Cardboard box large enough to hold 4-6 chicks (9.95 Value)
- Pack of pine shavings (12.95 value)
- Brooder light (15.95 value)
- Brooder bulb, 125 w. (3.95 value)
- 4 chicks from our stock (16.00 value). I will have new chicks for the event, and a variety of them.
- 10 lb. Organic Chick Starter (4.50 value)
- Chick-size, jar type waterer (7.95 value)
- Chick-size, jar type food dish (7.95 value)
Total value of the package is $79.20 Special for $68.00, or 15% off all chick/chicken supplies for participants.
Space is limited, so call 708-524-5038. After registering, mail in a check or use PayPal to secure a spot. Or you can pay with cash or check payable to Jennifer Murtoff on June 18.
Please make arrangements for childcare.