Wednesday

Chickens 101: The Best Chicken Waterers - Reviews

After several months with our chickens, we've tried several different watering methods, from small waterers when they were chicks, to larger waterers to home made waterers. Here are the three waterers we've used the longest and how we feel about each.



chicken waterer
We started with 6 day old chicks and a quarter waterer like the one pictured above. For baby chicks, this was perfect. I could fill it up, screw on the botttom and put it right in the bottom of their nesting box. It lasted at least 24 hours for the smallest chicks and I was changing it every 12 hours or so as the got bigger. You can buy one like this on Amazon if you don't have a local feed store or tractor supply. I found the price was cheapest at my local feed store. It has the bonus of being dishwasher safe so I recommend two so you can clean one and use one.

water your chickens
As the chickens got bigger (and they get bigger very fast), they outgrew this one and ran out of water too fast. At around 4-6 weeks, we moved the chickens outside to their coop and got a bigger waterer.
Our next purchase was this 1.6 gallon waterer. There were several drawbacks to this one. First of all, it was all but impossible for me to open once it was dry. It's hard to grab  a hold of the two pieces and twist them apart, especially if you have arthritis or problems with your hands. My husband had to open it every time for me. Also, once the chicks were too big for the small waterer, they were really too big for this one also, I had to fill it twice a day. We switched pretty quickly.

chicken water cups

This is the final solution we went with for chickens over 8 weeks of age. It's worked really well so far and was a very inexpensive solution. We took a 5-gallon feed bucket from tractor supply and cleaned it out. Drill a couple of wholes in the side and screw these right in. We did use plumbers tape around the inside of the hole to make it water tight. It does take a few tries for the chickens to get used to using it. However, after a few times of me filling the water cup for them, the got the idea and now use it every day. This is the best watering solution by far. It's the cheapest, you have to fill it less often and the water stays cool and clean all the time, unlike the other waterers which were always dirty. 

Tuesday

This is Really Happening by Erin Chack Review

this is really happening


About This is Really Happening by Erin Chack


BuzzFeed senior writer Erin Chack hits you in the guts, the feels, and the funny bone all at once with this collection of personal essays that reads like Sloane Crosley for the Snapchat generation.

In turns hysterically funny and heartbreakingly poignant, Erin recounts everything from meeting her soulmate at age 14 to her first chemotherapy session at age 19 to what really goes on behind the scenes at a major Internet media company.

She authentically captures the agony and the ecstasy of the millennial experience, whether it's her first kiss ("Sean’s tongue! In my mouth! Slippery and wet like a slug in the rain.") or her struggles with anxiety ("When people throw caution to the wind, I am stuck imagining the poor soul who has to break his back sweeping caution into a dustpan").

Yet Erin also offers a fresh perspective on universal themes of resilience and love as she writes about surviving cancer—including learning of her mother's own cancer diagnosis within the same year and her attempts to hide the diagnosis from friends to avoid "un-normaling" everything

Review of Erin Chack's This is Really Happening


Erin Chack surprised me. I didn't expect something about cancer to be so fun and funny and entertaining. She has such a great take on life and a beautiful way of showing the "normal" life of a young woman with cancer. 

I felt drawn into the story and literally raced through the story as I wanted to see what happened next. I'm a sucker for memoirs and this one is one of my new favorites. I highly recommend This is Really Happening to anyone is a memoir lover. 

Disclaimer: A free book was sent to me by the publisher for review purposes only. 

Saturday

Chickens 101: Are Backyard Chickens Legal?

are chickens legal


I currently live in a very rural area on a 3-acre property, so luckily, I don't have to worry about whether my chickens are breaking the law while hanging out in their coop eating my leftover salad lettuce. However, some of my close friends live in towns or even larger cities and just, because they don't have a big property doesn't mean they shouldn't have the choice of stepping out their door for fresh eggs...should it?

If you've thought about raising chickens where you live, before you even check out chicken breeds and research layer feed, the first thing you need to check into is whether backyard chickens are legal in your area.

Unfortunately, the laws vary greatly between not only States but Counties and even towns or neighborhoods. You may need to check with not only your local officials but your homeowner's association if you have one. Also, legally you shouldn't need to, but just to be neighborly, you might want to tell your nearest neighbors of your plans to raise chickens, especially if you plan on having a rooster!

How Do I Check If My Chickens Are Break the Law?


Want to know if you're chickens are breaking the law by setting up housekeeping in your backyard? The place you want to check is your local city ordinance office or if you live in a rural area, your county clerks office. Check BEFORE you buy your chickens as you don't want to go on a hunt for foster or adoptive homes for your chicks after the fact.

What Questions Do I Ask About My Chickens?


Before you go, it's good to know what to ask. Don't just ask if you can keep chickens, you want all the facts on hand. Ask these questions to make sure you cover all your bases.

How Many Chickens Can I Keep?


Can I keep roosters and chickens or just chickens?
Is there a limit to the number of roosters I can have on my property?
Do I need to inform my neighbors before getting my chickens?
Is there a permit required to keep my chickens?
Are there enclosure or fencing requirements for keeping chickens in my area?
Can I slaughter chickens for food or just keep them for eggs?

After you've got your answers to your chicken questions, you're ready to become a Chicken Mama! Or Daddy!

Happy Chicken Raising! And enjoy those fresh eggs!