“Should we hatch chicks again this year?”

By Rick Mesz, Operations Manager

It’s that time of year again.  My wife says, “Should we hatch chicks again this year?”  This is an opportunity she discovered over 10 years ago when our oldest was still in preschool.  Now she’s in high school and driving.

But I have 4 daughters and the youngest has taken over the helm of the chick hatching project.  I respond, “I don’t care, but I don’t want anything to do with being responsible for any aspect of the chicks.”

So my wife, Debbie, confirms the girls are up for hatching again and fills out the paperwork to send it off to the University of Missouri extension office to be a participant. Continue reading ““Should we hatch chicks again this year?””

Chick Days: Springtime = Chick Time

Kassie KreisslerPost written by Kassie Kreissler, Marketing Specialist | Event Coordinator | Social Media Expert | Live Music Supporter | Rancher | Horse Trainer

Springtime means chick time, and it’s one of my favorite times of the year. Your nearby feed store is getting prepared for chick days and soon there will be lots of small chirping across the states.

When bringing home your new chicks, there are many things to consider on your chicken venture! Here are just a few:

Vaccinations are Key

Knowing the vaccine status of the new chicks is critical. Mixing your new chicks with current chickens could be exposing your current chickens to diseases/virus and vice versa.

It’s best to quarantine the new chicks for at least a few weeks. Typically, depending on the vaccine, most chicks are vaccinated within the first day-to-three days. The most common range of diseases for vaccination are: Continue reading “Chick Days: Springtime = Chick Time”

How to Prepare Your Chickens for Winter…By Kassie Kreissler

Kassie KreisslerPost written by Kassie Kreissler, Marketing Specialist | Event Coordinator | Social Media Expert | Live Music Supporter | Rancher | Horse Trainer

Winter can be a tough time of the year for those of us who raise chickens.

We’re faced with dark and cold mornings, continual temperature drops, and decreased egg production.

The good news? Winter doesn’t have to be detrimental to us or our chickens. We can several steps to prepare the coop and hens for winter just like we do everything else around the farm.  Continue reading “How to Prepare Your Chickens for Winter…By Kassie Kreissler”

The Molt is Coming! The Molt is Coming!…By Kassie Kreissler

Kassie KreisslerPost written by Kassie Kreissler, Marketing Specialist | Event Coordinator | Social Media Expert | Live Music Supporter | Rancher | Horse Trainer

Have your hens started losing their feathers? Is the coop filled with feathers?

Cooler weather and shorter days mean the molt is coming and your chickens are going to look rather naked.

But there’s nothing to worry about…this is natural! They must do this in the Fall to prepare for the cold temperatures ahead in the winter months. Continue reading “The Molt is Coming! The Molt is Coming!…By Kassie Kreissler”

5 Tips for Keeping Your Chickens Cool This Summer…By Kassie Kreissler

Kassie KreisslerPost written by Kassie Kreissler, Marketing Specialist | Event Coordinator | Social Media Expert | Live Music Supporter | Rancher | Horse Trainer

The 4th of July has come and gone, meaning the summer heat is upon us. I love Summer and I’m one of those people who would much rather be hot than cold.

While I enjoy the summer heat, some of our animals friends may not…specifically, the two legged & feathered kind.

kassiechicksWe’ve had chickens for just over four years and I grew up always having a few chickens around. Over the years I’ve seen some of our hens overheat. If you think your chickens are having a hard time adjusting to the heat of the summer, some signs to look for are:

  • Panting
  • Holding wings away from body
  • Acting Lethargic
  • Limpness
  • Diarrhea

Continue reading “5 Tips for Keeping Your Chickens Cool This Summer…By Kassie Kreissler”