When Do Chickens Molt?

when do chickens molt

Generally, chickens molt around late spring or early fall when there is a change in temperature or daylight hours. Molting usually takes only a few weeks, after which your chickens should return to normal with beautiful new feathers.  However, some chickens might show signs of molting outside of this period, which could cause some concern. … Read more

How To Tell If Eggs Are Good (In 5 Simple Steps)

how to tell if eggs are good

Cracking open a rotten egg is one of the most unpleasant experiences. Thankfully, commercial eggs will arrive with a shelf life printed either on the box or the shells themselves. However, what about micro-farmers? Without this industrial tag, how do we know when our backyard eggs are still good? The water float test is one … Read more

How To Clean Fresh Eggs (Quick And Simple)

how to clean fresh eggs

If done incorrectly, washing eggs is potentially the worst thing you can do regarding food safety.   Nevertheless, if you need to clean fresh eggs, for one reason or another, wash them quickly in warm water to remove any dirt. Then remove excess moisture as soon as possible before storing. Unfortunately, this can remove the protective … Read more

How Long Do Fresh Eggs Last?

how long do fresh eggs last

Generally, fresh eggs can last up to 2 weeks if stored at room temperature or up to 3 months if refrigerated, with their protective coating still intact.  However, this time can vary considerably due to environmental temperature and how the eggs were handled before storage. In essence, the answer depends on several factors, including temperature … Read more

How Long Do Chickens Live?

how long do chickens live

To raise chickens on your micro-farm, you must consider several factors, including housing, breeds, and purpose.  However, one critical factor that is often overlooked is how long chickens live — it’s not as simple a question as you might think though.  For instance, chickens can live up to 10 years under ideal conditions, provided you … Read more

How Often Do Chickens Lay Eggs?

how often do chickens lay eggs

If you’re raising chickens and looking to harvest their eggs, you might wonder how often they lay eggs and how many you can expect.  Knowing this information is very important whether you’re looking to start a micro-farm from which you can make a living or just want enough eggs for the breakfast table. In this … Read more

What Is A Pullet? Everything You Need To Know

what is a pullet

Acquiring animals for your dream micro farm seems like an easy enough task. However, in practice, it can be pretty challenging. You have to figure out where exactly you should get them from, and you may also come across countless jargon. For instance, if it’s chickens you’re after, I’m willing to bet that you have … Read more