Keeping Drug Residues Out of Your Foodstream

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Chicken CAFO

Let’s face it. One reason many of us keep backyard farm animals is because we want to decrease our levels of unintentional chemical residues that make it into our food stream.  Continue reading Keeping Drug Residues Out of Your Foodstream

How was the coop tour? Did you get your name in the drawing for free eggs?

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Thank you all for attending the 5th Annual Austin Funky Chicken Coop Tour! We had about 1,000 attendees and it was a huge success!

In the upper right corner of this blog, under the page Austin Funky Chicken Coop Tour, you will see some new pages we prepared for the tour. We will continue to add to this throughout the week with pictures and videos.

If you haven’t done so already, either follow this blog, “like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter to get your name into the drawing for a dozen duck eggs. Continue reading How was the coop tour? Did you get your name in the drawing for free eggs?

Blue Genes

Blue Copper Marans rooster with splash and blue hens
Blue Copper Marans rooster with splash and blue hens

One of the long-term goals here at BuzzQuack is to get a breeding program in place. Right now, we are experimenting with Swedish Flower Hens and Australian Spotted ducks.

We will likely abandon the Swedish Flower Hen project because keeping a rooster in the city is too difficult. But, we have high hopes for the Australian Spotted duck project. We’ll talk more about Aussies at a later date. Today, we want to talk about breeding for the color blue, which is one of three Aussie colors. Continue reading Blue Genes

BuzzQuack’s Smallest Egg!

After Thursday’s Most Magnificent Egg, something crazy happened in the coop.

I don’t know what the other hens were thinking, but apparently there’s a competition going on between the hens. So, exactly one day after the large egg was laid (it was 7.5 cm tall by 4.5 cm wide and 3.8 ounces) one of the hens deposited the tinsiest egg ever. Continue reading BuzzQuack’s Smallest Egg!

Thanksgiving Egg!

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After spending Thanksgiving out of town, I returned home and, among other little chores, visited the chickens to collect the day’s eggs.

I might have been disappointed to find only three eggs, but that feeling quickly vanished  when I saw the size of one of the eggs. It is ginormous! Continue reading Thanksgiving Egg!

Where Oh Where Has My Little Buff Gone?

Buff Orpington, that is.

Buff Orpington Hen

I had a nice little Buff Orpington hen who vanished three days ago. All the chickens and ducks had been out for some late-afternoon/early-evening backyard time catching bugs, scratching dirt, and going about their chickeny ways.

When I went outside to lock them up for the night, the Buff was missing. We had been home all afternoon and evening and had been outside often. Never did we hear or see any irregular activity. But gone she was. Continue reading Where Oh Where Has My Little Buff Gone?