"It depends on the temperature. Eggs degrade and bacteria multiply as a function of time and temperature combined. If the eggs have already been exposed to 12 hours of veerrrry warm daytime temperatures and then go inside to an 80 degree house, they…"
"If she is just pecking at the other chickens this is pecking order or if it goes too far, aggression. If she is actually eating the feathers, that's usually a sign of a protein deficiency. My guess is that the original chicken owner is not…"
Hi everyone,I've been gifted tilapia in the past and thought I would pay it forward. I have about 40 .5" long tilapia fingerlings to share with people. Let me know if your backyard/kitchen aquaponics or aquaculture system needs some. I'm in central Phoenix.See More
"I agree with Becky. :)
On the RIRs and Sexlinks-- they will lay a TON of eggs, but personality wise, not my favorite. RIRs tend to be louder and more aggressive towards the other birds, the sexlinks aren't quite as bossy but can tend in this…"
"Hi Rachel, I just bought Fowl Play and also attended one of your classes. I'm so torn about what breed to get. I can get about 6 chickens. They should be somewhat friendly because I have 3 little kids. The choices at the feed store right now…"
"It supposedly camouflages blood. It also is much dimmer, so they feel like it's sunset all of the time instead of noon, which could make them a little less stressed out. A lot of people suspend feather dusters (so the bottom is about 2 inches…"
"I agree with what Alison has said about separating them with some screen or hardware cloth. You don't want reintroduction issues and you also don't want the single chick to suffer from lack of a flock. Normally I don't think red…"
I paint, have chickens, quail, tilapia (in an aquaponics system), gardens, fruit trees, solar panels, rainbarrels, preserve food and create alternative-powered appliances (at varying levels of success). I love heirloom seeds and have a bit of a hoarding/coveting problem with them. Here's my art website: www.rachelbess.com and here's my permaculture/urban homesteading blog: rachelstinyfarm.blogspot.com.
Hi Rachel, I just bought Fowl Play and also attended one of your classes. I'm so torn about what breed to get. I can get about 6 chickens. They should be somewhat friendly because I have 3 little kids. The choices at the feed store right now are black sex links, red sex links, rhode island reds, barred rocks and easter eggers. I would like to get 3 different breeds (2 each). Which ones out those choices are the best layers and also friendly? Any help would be appreciated!
I attended Kari's class at the microfarm today. She is raising those Japanese quail and said that she initially got them from you. Just wondering if you'd sell some to me or let me know where I could get them? Thank you so much for your time,
You were well received at Glendale. Lots of praise! Thank you for sharing your knowledge with others. We'll have to plan some more classes when you have time. Karen and I can then break it down into workshops and demos. I don't think I"m ready to teach a class as comprehensive as yours but we did get a lot on the history of seeds at Native Seeds Seed School. Thanks again. Kathy
Was in your chicken class last year and am looking for just 2 chicks for our backyard. Live in a community so want chickens that are on the quieter and friendly side, if thats possible, lol. Do you have any advice on what kind and where to find only 2? I was thinking orpingtons, but if you have other suggestions that would be great!
thanks for the friend request. yes i do alot of hatching quail a chickens both. corturnix and buff orpingtons mostly. i also raise new zealand white meat rabbits and boer goats. heres my info and thanks again :).
Rachel...are you still selling worms? like the kind we could use in a worm bin. a group of mom friends and i want to help our kids get started on vermiculture. we haven't made the bins yet...we're still trying to figure that out too, but I remember you saying something about having worms at your quail class. thanks :) hope all is well (oh and by the way, i happened across your art work when I was trying to look up your contact information. Very cool!) Danica