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Duck, Duck, Goose. No. Goose, Goose, Goose!

Have you ever thought about owning a goose as a pet? I never knew what a great pet they could be until I met The Big Goose.  
About ten years ago, just outside our little house, which is now the old time country store (You can read about it here.), there lived a goose. She was fondly named, “The Big Goose”.  The Big Goose would lay her eggs beside the front door. She would sit on that nest and every time someone came in or out of the house she would squawk to protect her nest. Not only was she a great mother, she was an even better watch goose. There was no need to worry about an intruder being undetected day or night. The Big Goose was on alert.

Not only are Geese great pets because they serve as a watch goose, geese also make great pets because if they have the proper care, they live for a long time. The Big Goose was a pet around Duncan’s Poultry for over 20 years!

If you get your gosling when it is young, it can imprint with you. Basically this means that the goose will bond with …

Taking Pix of Chicks

Over the weekend, the weather was perfect. It was warm, breezy but not windy and the sun was shining. I decided it was the perfect afternoon for a photo shoot with the chickens. I started with the little ones. I soon discovered that it was easier said than done!

If you decide to photograph your little chicks you might want an extra set of hands. The chicks were so active it was hard keeping them in the photo area.

I also discovered what it is like to be given the cold shoulder.

Finally I was able to shoot this photo, showing this little guys true personality. 
Next I moved on to the layer coop to see what kinds of pictures I could capture. One of the hens was excited to be a model. She strutted her stuff up the runway. 

She strutted her stuff down the runway too.

The next time you find yourself with nothing to do on a warm and sunny day, grab your camera and head to the coop! You may find that chickens big and small can be fun to photograph. 
If you take a photo and want to share it, …

First Baby Chick Day

Our first baby chick day of March has arrived. It is a happy day for me because baby chicks mean that spring is just around the corner. Whether you purchase chicks every year or you have never held one, I invite you to experience a first chick day with me. I grew up on the farm, but we did not have chickens. The only experience I had with baby chicks prior to Duncan’s Poultry was looking at them in the tanks at big box feed stores. All of that changed when I experienced my first “chick day” at Duncan’s Poultry. It was spring of 2006. (Matt and I were dating.)  He led me into the feed store and before me were boxes and boxes of baby chicks. Being new to the baby chick world, I just had to touch one. I remember timidly opening the box. Inside were bright yellow balls of fuzz. I quickly shut the lid not wanting to be responsible for one escaping out of the box.  Matt came to my rescue. He opened the box, picked one up, and handed it to me. The sweet little chick was mine to hold. There …

Meat Chickens: Cornish Rock Broilers, Red Ranger or Fry Pan Special?

Fried chicken, baked chicken, chicken pot pie. There are so many ways to cook chicken. Have you ever stopped to think about what kind of meat chicken you should be buying or growing? There are options!  Three options are the Cornish rock broiler, the red ranger or the fry pan special. Of course there are benefits and drawbacks to each of these and so we are going to help you navigate your way to find the best meat chicken.

The Cornish rock broiler is the most common meat production chicken. It is a fast growing chicken and the meat to feed conversion rate is good (This simply means that the amount of feed the chicken eats is efficiently converted into weight.), which also makes them economical. The broiler chicken is ready to process in about 6 to 7 weeks. With proper feed and nutrition it will dress out at 4.5 to 5 pounds.  One drawback of this breed is that it does not free range or pasture well. An advantage of raising Cornish rock broilers is that they are a cost efficient way to …

Let’s Garden Indoors

If you live on the farm, on an acreage or even in the city there IS something that you can do today to prepare for Spring. You can make plans! You can plan which layers you want to put into your chicken coop this spring (Check out last week's article for our top 3 picks by clicking here. ), you can plan what your chicken coop is going to look like, you can plan your home improvement projects and one of my favorites, you can plan your garden.
The seed catalogs started arriving in my home the end of December. I couldn't wait. I looked over catalog after catalog making lists of the seeds I would like to have in our garden. Then on February 1st, I placed all of my seed orders. The last couple of weeks seeds have been arriving at our house.

Well, this past weekend I couldn’t stand it any longer. I was anxious to spend time playing in the dirt, planting. I gathered up my seeds, the soil and the seed starting trays and I dug in. As the earthy smell of the potting soil soothed my soul,…

Top 3 Egg Layers

The last couple of weeks, I have been sharing the progress of our country store with you, but I have to be honest. We have been working on more than just the store. We have also been working hard preparing for chick days. One of the questions a lot of people ask is what breed of layer chickens should I buy? Do you sometimes wonder if you have the best breed of layer in your chicken coop? This week we will be exploring our top 3 layer picks. They are the Rhode Island Red, the Plymouth Barred Rock and the Red Sex Link.  

Let's start with the Rhode Island Red.

Rhode Island Reds lay approximately 200-300 brown eggs per year and they begin laying around six months of age. The Rhode Island Red hens are a friendly chicken and they are known for their hardiness. The hens can also be broody meaning that they want to sit on their eggs ( even if we don’t want them to). Some Rhode Island Red roosters can become aggressive but the excellent egg production from the hens of this breed makes up f…

Reclaimed Materials are at the Heart of Our Country Store

Welcome back! I know you are here to see the inside of Duncan’s Poultry Country Store, but before I give you the sneak peek that I promised, I want to share the brief story of our new Country Store with you.
Our “new” Country Store is actually made of a lot of old. Most of the materials for the store are reclaimed and at the center of it all is an old house with a lot of fond memories. (Next time you are out, ask any one of the Duncan’s for a pleasant memory of the old house. We all have them!) With our renovations the old house is gone and in its place stands a wonderfully homey, yet rustic, old fashioned country store.
Are you curious what types of materials have been used to turn “this old house” into Duncan’s Poultry Country Store? 
We have used reclaimed telephone poles, rusty old tin, not rusty but still old tin, wide barn boards, narrow barn boards, blue mason jars and so much more.

So there you have it, a sneak peek of the inside of Duncan’s Poultry Country Store. We can't wai…

Coming Soon!

Hi! My name is Elizabeth and it is my honor to welcome you to the Duncan’s Poultry blog. As you can tell by the title, “Coming Soon” we are excited to share new things with you this year. We feel blessed to be opening for our 30th year of business and in order to celebrate we are starting our year with new beginnings. The largest of these is our new feed store which we fondly named Duncan’s Poultry Country Store. We are hoping to open the doors to the public in March. Do you want a sneak peek?  You got it!

Secondly, we are launching this blog. Each Wednesday I will be posting about raising poultry, acreage life, poultry recipes and so much more! Whether you enjoy raising poultry in an urban area, on an acreage, on a farm or simply in your dreams, we hope you will find a home with us.

So, grab a cup of your favorite tea, settle in to browse our e-store and meet me back here next Wednesday, to catch a sneak peek of the inside of Duncan’s Poultry Country Store.