Thursday, September 17, 2015

Chicken Feed

Everyone knows that the expression "chicken feed" means a small amount of money. But where did the expression come from?

According to the American Heritage Dictionary, the expression came into existence in the early 1800's. Apparently, people recognized that chickens could eat corn and wheat grains too small for other uses.  Hence, chicken feed came to mean something very small or trifling.

"I don't know about you, but I love chicken feed"

Crossword Puzzle For Chicken Owners

If you love chickens and you love crossword puzzles, then we've got the puzzle for you.  The Egg-cessive Crossword will test your knowledge of all things chicken.

To print out the puzzle, just click on the puzzle download link below. This will allow you to open and print the puzzle form our Google storage account.

If you get stuck, don't worry. You can print out the answer key below:

Want to share this puzzle with a friend? Just click he envelope icon below to email to your friends. Or, you can click on any of the other icons to share via Facebook, Pintererst etc. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Cluck-ulator In Top 5 Most Popular Smart Phone Apps for Chicken Owners

Chicken's Magazine November/December 2015 issueinclude an articl on the 5 most popular apps for chicken owners and the Cluck-ulator is on the list!

We're transcribing the Cluck-ulator review below:



Availability: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, Windows

Planning on starting a backyard flock or a small poultry farm? The Cluck-ulator  is the perfect pocket poultry consultant. It's breed selector helps you select the breed of chicken you wish to raise based on criteria such as temperament, eggshell color, climate tolerance, rate of lay, size and maturity and more.

An alphabetical Photo Gallery aids in visualizing the different breeds as you consider them. The Coop Planner assists you in estimating your future flocks housing requirements, including coop and runs size, perch space and nest boxes, while the food and water estimator  gives you an idea of how much feed and daily water your flock will require, based on criteria you select like number and type of chickens, growth state and outside temperature.

Finally – – and possibly most important for farmers counting on future egg sales – – the egg estimator provides an annual estimate of the number of eggs a chicken will lay once you identify the breed and age of bird. Additional features include access to's website, Facebook page, Twitter feed and blog, though Wi-Fi or cellular service is required to access these.

The Cluck-ulator will definitely guide potential chicken keepers in the right direction if they are dreaming of starting a flock.

Links to download the free Cluck-ulator app:

Cluck-ulator Chicken Calculator Demo from ChickenWaterer on Vimeo.

Community Chickens Reviews The BriteTap Chick & Chicken Feeder

The folks over at the Community Chickens web site (Operated by Mother Earth News Magazine) were kind enough to review the BriteTap chick & chicken feeder.  You can read the review below, or by clicking over to their web site

By on August 18, 2015 

Checklist for Backyard Chicken Owners

Whether your new to owning chickens, or a seasoned chicken owner, it's to handy to have a checklist of the equipment and supplies you need to keep your flock in good order. So we put together a comprehensive list that you can bookmark on your computer or just print out.

To keep this list as compact as possible, we're not providing specific information on these items in this article. However, highlighted items are hyperlinked to other articles we've written where you can find more detailed information. Just click on the item to be taken to that article.

Chicken Supplies

Book & Flock Management Tools
  • Disposable shoe covers
  • Disinfectant spray
First Aid
  • Disposable gloves
  • Styptic
  • Non-stick gauze pads
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Isolation area
  • De-wormer
  • Flea/lice powder
(For those in poultry competitions)
  • Nail clipper
  • Shampoo
  • Cage feed cup
  • Cage watering cup
  • Leg bands
  • Feather brightener
Egg Harvesting
(For those selling their eggs)
  • Egg basket
  • Egg candler
  • Egg cartons
  • Egg de-scaler
  • Egg cleaner/wash
  • "Eggs for sale" sign
Processing Equipment
(For those raising meat birds)
  • Restraining cone
  • Butchers knife
  • Scalder
  • Plucker
  • Vacuum sealer & bags