by James the “XDMAN” Nicholas, Mr UnPewFessional Himself Chickens seem to be all the rage right now. With everything that is going on in the world, even basic commodities like eggs are skyrocketing in price. The result is you have everything from companies renting egg-laying birds for the summer, to hordes of people interested in exploring chicken ownership. Depending on how … [Read more...] about How To Be a Chick Magnet
Homegrown Eggs: Are They Safe?
Amidst the nationwide egg "crisis," I've begun to notice two distinct trends among folks. The first, and the more heartening, are those who are (albeit belatedly) using the situation as an excuse to jump into poultry ownership, so they are better prepared for whatever comes next. The other, more worryingly, are those who seem to wish to do so, but who are resisting the jump out … [Read more...] about Homegrown Eggs: Are They Safe?
How to Clean a Gizzard
Plenty of people eat ducks and chickens, but many are unaware they are throwing out some of the best bits with the entrails. Hearts, livers and even gizzards can make excellent eating, though that last one will take some serious prep work. Read on for how to clean a gizzard for use in gravy, or as even more substantial fare. Method 1: The Shallow Slice The easiest way to … [Read more...] about How to Clean a Gizzard
How to Raise Chickens on a Budget
A common misconception about raising chickens is that it costs a lot of money. While you can surely buy a luxurious coop and high-end chicken feed, the chickens can still be productive and happy no matter how much you spend. Chickens are successfully raised in some of the poorest countries on Earth, so you can do it too. Coop: First off, you’re going to need a coop. The ones … [Read more...] about How to Raise Chickens on a Budget
First Case of Wild Avian Flu in Utah Confirmed
While highly pathogenic avian influenza was confirmed in domestic birds in Utah last month, the first case of the virus in a wild bird was recently confirmed after a dead great-horned owl tested positive. High pathogenic avian influenza viruses are very contagious among birds, and can cause rapid and high mortality in domestic birds, such as chickens, turkeys and domestic … [Read more...] about First Case of Wild Avian Flu in Utah Confirmed