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New Edition to TarBox Hollow Poultry English Orpingtons English Silver Laced, Blue and Splash Orpingtons

New Edition to TarBox Hollow Poultry English Orpingtons English Silver Laced, Blue and Splash Orpingtons

English Orpingtons are beautiful birds, these are no exception and still growing they are now just 5 months old.

Use Green Tea to Prevent Avian Influenza

Use Green Tea to Prevent Avian Influenza

Green tea has been grown since ancient times, making a traditional tea that originated in China and has become a popular brew in Japan and China. Green tea leaves contain antioxidants and flavonoids. The compounds in green tea are known to be very effective in 

Learn How to Make a Self-Feeder for Poultry

Learn How to Make a Self-Feeder for Poultry

While there are many types of containers designed to feed chickens, here is a self-feeder that I have adapted that works well for my set up. I like it because it is efficient, keeps the food clean and allows the chickens to eat as much as they need without waste.  I can fill this self-feeder up for a pen of 8-10 chickens, and it will capably feed them for up to a week.  

Additional Benefits

  • Very simple to make, with a power drill
  • Inexpensive and cost effective, you just need a drill bit and a pail with lid to build
  • It holds enough feed to self-feed a small flock for several days or longer depending on how many birds you have in the pen
  • Cost Effective with less food waste.
  • Durable
  • Feed stays clean when placed on a 4–6-inch platform
Black Ameraucana Bantam Rooster

 Items Needed

  • Power Drill
  • 1 1/4 Speedbor drill bit
  • 5-gallon pail with lid
  • Large 3 gallon pan typically used to feed and water poultry
  • A small 4–6-inch platform to set auto- feeder on


This is a really easy set up, you simply use a power drill with a bit capable of drilling 1 1/4-inch hole. When drilling the holes, it seems to work better if you drill into the pail and then put drill in reverse and drill out the hole, this makes for a smoother cut. By going forwards and then putting drill in reverse, will make a nicer cleaner hole. Continue drilling several holes around the bottom of the pail about 2 inches from the bottom the pail, if they are too low to the bottom of the pail, the feed will not pour into the feed pan as easily. Make the holes all the way around the bottom of the pail about 3 to 4 inches apart and 2 inches from the bottom of the pail. Once you have this done, set the pail inside of a large 3-gallon rubber water pan or other type of large pan. Fill the pail with feed and place lid on pail.

English Lavender Mottled Oprintons

Build A Platform for Auto Feeder

It is a good idea to place this feeder system on platform above the coop floor by about 4-6 inches to keep debris out of the feed. If you are feeding bantams 4 inches should be good, if you’re feeding a large fowl 6 inches should be good, if your feeding turkeys, you might want it to make the platform taller.

Building the Platform

Here is a nice way to build a platform: take two pieces of 2×4’ lumber and cut two 18 inch in length pieces and you need one 18×18” square piece of plywood. To assemble the platform, use 2-inch screws or nails to attach plywood to 18-inch square plywood. You can also make platforms other ways like with bricks or whatever you have, that will elevate the self-feeder off the floor of the coop. Once you have a platform, you can start feeding your chickens with ease with the auto feeder on the platform and you are ready to go, now your chickens will have access to food when they need it

Poultry Auto-Feeder Ready for Use

Avian Influenza Strikes Flock in Iowa 2022

Avian Influenza Strikes Flock in Iowa 2022

A single case of avian flu has been diagnosed in Council Bluffs Iowa region. If the disease moves west it could be a huge challenge for Nebraska poultry growers. Officials in Iowa substantiated the occurrence of this extremely transmissible disease, week of March 3rd, 2022, 



GREEN TEA & COCCIDIOSIS There have been multiple studies conducted using green tea for the treatment and prevention of avian diseases. In a study done in Korea where green tea was added to poultry feed, there was a 50% reduction in coccidiosis oocyst output, while maintaining 

Lice & Mite Prevention

Lice & Mite Prevention

Lice & Mite Prevention

Lice & mites are minute external parasites that live off of poultry, they are extremely resilient to all types of environmental conditions, including freezing cold temperatures. They are vicious blood-sucking pests that invade your coop attacking poultry compromising their health.

Black English Orpington Cockerel 8 months

Consider these preventative measures to Stop Lice and Mites 

Use a spray that is effective in eliminating lice and mites on poultry. Permethrin based sprays work well, some can be applied directly on chickens, which is handy if you have a severe outbreak. However, if you manage your coop with regular applications of permethrin, you rarely need to do this. The key to here is to apply permethrin every time you clean the chicken house, make spraying for lice and mites a part of your cleaning routine. Apply thoroughly on cleaned floors, walls, and roosts (both sides). There are various products on the market, but find one that can be used on chickens, like Gordons Permethrin 10, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions.  When you proactively spray the coop on a regular basis, usually they do not need to spray chickens for lice or mites. I usually spray area when I can let chickens out in their runs, so they are not exposed to the intensity of the spray when it is first applied.

Hint: To make your coop smell wonderful and naturally deter pests and rodents add lavender essential oil to the permethrin spray mixture.

A healthy flock will yield healthy chicks


Other Preventative Measures

  • Feed apple cider vinegar to chickens 1 Tablespoon per gallon of water in non-metallic drinking containers, there is some studies that show consumption will deter external parasites naturally or maybe it just makes them healthier for a natural defense mechanism
  • Set up dust baths in their runs, a natural way to smother lice and mites
  • Mix Diatomaceous Earth also is known as DE, in their dust baths and bedding, it naturally kills lice and mites.
  • Use Barn Lime, ground limestone, it naturally creates an environment with a high pH level that kills lice and mites naturally.

Stack your Bedding for Success   

Start by cleaning the coop floor thoroughly and then spray the floor with permethrin 10, I also like to mix in lavender essential oil into permethrin spray, this will make the coop smell wonderful and it also deters pests and rodents. Next, spread a thin layer of barn lime on the floor and in cleaned nest boxes. Lime naturally deters insects with is high pH level, and is perfectly safe for chickens, it also works as a drying agent that hampers insect reproduction and decreases ammonia levels, pretty neat stuff.  Barn lime can be bought at local farm stores for around $4 per 50-pound bag, be sure not to confuse it with hydrated lime, which is not recommended for chickens. After applying barn lime, I put down bedding of wood chips and I spray once again over the top of wood chips with the permethrin lavender mixture.

Ameraucanas Black, Blue, and Splash Colors, famous for laying blue eggs.

As long as I follow preventive measures, I keep the lice at bay and never have to worry about dusting each bird, which makes life so much easier for me and them. In addition, I really don’t think dusting a bird with harsh pesticides is a good idea for their sensitive airways.

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Preventing Respiratory Illness with Poultry

Preventing Respiratory Illness with Poultry

Keeping chickens healthy in the winter, can be more challenging, than the greener times of summer, when they can munch on weeds and bugs, that naturally keeps them healthier. Closing chickens indoors for protection from the adverse weather can set up the right conditions for 

300 Cases of Newcastle Disease In California

300 Cases of Newcastle Disease In California

300 Cases of Newcastle Disease In California Poultry World reports January 21, 2019, that there have been 300 cases confirmed of the deadly Newcastle Disease in California since May 2018. Utah has recently first confirmed its first case of Newcastle disease, which is believed to 

American Poultry Asociation

American Poultry Asociation

Mille Lafleur d’Uccle Pullet, true bantam.

American Poultry Association originated back in 1873 and is one of the oldest livestock organizations in the United States today. They have established breed guidelines, that are used by poultry judges across the United States.

Their Motto “to promote and protect the standard breed poultry industry in all phases” They are responsible for publishing “The American Standard of Perfection, which has the breed and variety descriptions for recognized purebred fowl.”

*Membership includes a quarterly newsletter sent to all members

*APA members can show their poultry at APA shows and gain points to achieve Master Exhibitor and receive awards.

If you are planning to show your poultry, joining the APA or using their website to check for your breed standards will be a reference guide that you will want to use often.

For more information on joining the American Poultry Association click here

The following books are valuable resources for anyone that owns poultry or wants to learn more about poultry.

The American Standard of Perfections describes in detail the standards of all the breeds accepted in the APA. This is the book your poultry judge abides by when judging your poultry.

Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens is a comprehensive book on care, feeding, and raising poultry.

Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds is a wonderful poultry reference book this is a must-own, for anyone showing or considering showing poultry. Includes an array of color photographs of many breeds of chickens, ducks, turkeys, and more. The photographs are splendid depicting the correct color, feather pattern, comb type, etc for more than 128 breeds.

“The Chicken Health Book” is a common-sense book that covers all the ins and outs of raising chickens and caring for an ill bird. It has a ton of photos and illustrations depicting diseases and illnesses, and it tells you what you can do to prevent and cure. How to detect illness through feces. Plus how to grind your own feed from scratch for chicks, growers, and layers. It is a complete poultry care book.