Showing posts from February, 2017

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…