Why you might need a worm farm

Who Benefits from Worm Farming

Worms have been a benefit to mankind and nature long before worm farming became well-known.

Worms provide food for other animals, help create and maintain healthy soil and plants, enhance gardening efforts, provide fish bait, and help teach our children about pets and other valuable lessons.

Worm farms are a part of natural science.

A nature museum or a zoo would benefit from a small worm farm as a display and to help feed the animals kept there, as well as keeping the scenery bright and fresh because of the benefits to the earth.

A petting zoo could make a worm farm part of their hands-on attraction.

You might start a worm farm as a science project with a class or with your own child.

It would also make a good FFA project. A small gardening club may want to invest in worm farming.

A person who raises birds could start a worm farm or buy from a worm farm to provide treats for their birds.

Pet shops could buy from worm farms to feed their fish or reptiles.

Parents could benefit from a worm farm as a way to teach their young children about recycling, their first pets, compassion, the natural food chain, gardening, and business.

Worm farms are a way to help the economy by buying and selling.

They provide a useful service by increasing the health of soil

they provide a useful product, and they encourage equipment sales.

They increase the sales of the supplies needed to maintain the farms.

They provide an extra income for the seller as well as jobs for any workers needed on the bigger farms.

Catfish farms would benefit from worm farms by starting their own or buying from one for their fish food. Fishermen benefit from worm farms by using natural resources to fish to help keep down the sales of artificial lures, which cause extra trash along and in rivers, lakes, and ponds.

People who run chicken houses would benefit from worm farms because of the large amounts of food the chickens need.
So, who benefits from worm farms? We all can.

Even if you never touch a worm, you still eat vegetables or fruit that come from the plants produced in the soil that worms helped make healthy!

Gardeners have known the benefits for years because of the benefits to their compost piles and the results of their flower beds or vegetable gardens.

People can learn to respect the hard-working little worms even if they never quite get over their squeamish reactions to them. Many worms are nature’s friends.

Choose what chicken breed to raise

Choosing a Chicken Breed to Raise

There are many different breeds of chickens to raise.

Choosing a breed will depend on the kind of chicken that you want to raise.

There are chickens that seem healthy but their egg-laying capacity is frail while other chickens give out lots of eggs every day.

Before finally choosing the right chicken to raise, you have to consider a lot of things.

a lot of things must be taken into consideration like for example the place where your chickens will live. will you build them a chicken coop Do you have a big backyard? Is it wide enough to let your chosen number of chickens to roam?

You have to think about this factor because chickens differ in breeds – some are small and others are large.

Also, another factor is the environment you are living in.

If you’re living along the equator, it is expected that the temperature within that place is, most of the time, scorching hot.

But if you’re living somewhere up above or down below, it becomes colder. and you need to protect them from the cold.

Now, which of the two are you?

There are crossbreeds that can resist whatever weather that may come.

Production Reds is one of many typical examples. They can be tamed and are resistant to cold temperatures. That is why, when you live in a place where it’s always cold, this breed is the right one for you.

Bantams can be a little bit hardheaded. They love to fly around, a very good reason why pens can be worthless.

These breeds are tough but pretty for their fluffiness is incomparable.

They are not good at laying eggs but if they do, their product is very small and is not advisable for selling.

The Pekins and Silkies are two of the best choices when it comes to laying eggs.

They come in various colors and types. If you try to crossbreed a silkie with a cochin bantam, you will have a wonderful breed because the outcome is a kind that never bit, hurt, or clawed anyone as proven by top breeders.

Be careful with purebred chicken meat because they are very fragile, tend to choke their own food, and are prone to having heart attacks without any probable cause.

If you are looking for a cheap egg-laying chicken, you can settle with a leghorn. Although you have to eventually clip their wings because they are flighty.

Also, they are a bit scrawny so watch out! Some breeders dare not choose a leghorn because they are ugly and are high-strung.

Looking for a chicken that’s sweet? Try cross-breeding Cochin bantams.

Breeds that came from a Cochin bantam’s bloodline are amazing because of certain qualities like sweetness, manners, and you have a very good breed that can easily be noticed in exhibitions.

Barred Plymouth Rocks are also one of the top breeds. It’s like the best deal ever, all in one package. Why? Well, during summertime, they lay almost every day.

They have a healthy and good weight, are astonishingly pretty, and are not vicious.

Americaunas have an impeccable beauty that is more radiant because of their feathers. They have a color resembling a falcon’s – dark, golden feathers. Their beaks are almost similar to falcon’s because some breeds have pretty curved beaks. They are indeed beautiful breeds and can withstand the coldness of the night or during wintertime but if you like squeezing eggs out of these breeds, what luck! Sadly, they don’t lay very well.

Breeds that are unusual need more attention from the breeders so their breeds can survive. Choose the right chicken that you will raise.

And once you make your choice, always consider the right chicken coop.


Chicken raising terms glossary II

Chicken Raising Terms from N – W

It is necessary to know all the terms needed for raising chickens for you to be more equipped on what to buy or need. With this information, you can fully comprehend what needs to be done to raise chickens effectively. this is part two..

Nest box – a box, usually improvised, that is designed for hens to lay their eggs. It is a requirement that for a number amounting to 4 to 5 hens, one nesting box is needed.

Non-setter – this is a kind of chicken breed that doesn’t have any desire to care for their chicks if they have one, or never wanted to incubate or hatch fertilized eggs.

Ornamental breed – a kind of chicken that is used only for ornamental purposes and nothing more. These breeds are the ones that are often seen in fairs and poultry shows. They are appreciated because of their stunning stature and appearance but not used for producing eggs and chicken meat.

Poultry show – this is a kind of show that is organized for the sake of the show. The proudest breeds are displayed and are judged according to their standard breed. This show is organized by the APA or American Poultry Association. Not only chickens are brought to this kind of affair but also other poultries like geese, ducks, turkeys, etc.

Production breed – are the kind of breeds that are used for mass production of eggs.

Pullet – a juvenile or young hen.

Roost – the time when chickens are resting on a pole to sleep. It is also what you call the actual pole where chickens use to perch.

Rooster – male chicken.

Roosting pole – a perch that is made out of wood. It can be constructed and put inside the coop.

Rumples – a kind of chicken breed that does not have feathers on its tails.

Run – an area connected to the coop where chickens can roam around freely.

Scratch – a treat made for chickens that are composed of different kinds of grains; this is the one that is scattered on the ground. It can also be referred to as the behavior chickens make wherein they use their claws to dig up either worms, bugs, rocks, and tiny little insects that are inside the ground.

Sexing – determining the sex of a chicken.

Sex link – a type of new chicken wherein the chicken’s sex is soon indicated even before the eggs hatch. Female of the sex link kind is known for producing eggs in a massive state.

Shanks – part of the chicken’s legs that can be seen at the bottom.

Sickles – what is called the rooster’s tail feathers.

Spur – this is the protrusion that is seen on the shank of a rooster that used for fighting.

Started pullet – a hen that has started laying eggs but is only on a juvenile stage.

Starter feed – it’s the complete feed that is formulated and made especially for baby chicks.

Vent – part of the chicken where poop, eggs, and other waste matters pass. It’s like the anus of humans.

Waterer – this is the trusty partner of the feeder which delivers and holds the water supply.

Wattles – it’s similar to a chicken’s crow but instead of being on top of the head, it’s found under the neck of the chicken. Its composition is red and has rubber-like flaps.

Wheezer – in colloquial terms, it’s what they call a chicken’s butt.

Wormer – a kind of medicine that can treat or rid animals of parasites inside their intestines like worms.

Chicken raising terms glossary I

Chicken Raising Terms from B – M

Familiarize yourself with these terms to get a hold of chicken raising.

Bantam – a chicken variety that is about half the size of the standard breed of chickens. These breeds are usually bred for ornamental reasons.

Bedding – can either be shavings of wood, haystack pile, or newspaper that are added to the floor of the coop and inside a nest box. The purpose of this is for absorption of droppings and the odor of chicken poop. It also provides a cushion for eggs to be safely ejected from their mother without the worry of breaking it.

Brood – this could either mean the hens incubating their chicks or a flock of baby chickens.

Broodiness – a chicken’s desire to incubate their babies – unfertilized or fertilized. Broodiness can make an egg hatch or spoil it. There are a lot of factors that may arise in being broody. And the mother is a bit moody when she is manifesting broodiness.

Candling – is a procedure wherein a candle or a light bulb is used. It is the process of letting light shine through an egg to determine if it is fertilized or not. Candling can be useful especially if you are planning to separate the eggs with growing embryos and those that you wanted to sell.

Capon – a rooster that has been castrated.

Clutch – fertilized egg groups that hens tend to incubate.

Cockerel – a juvenile or young rooster.

Comb – this is the rubbery, red flat piece of flesh hanging on top of a chicken’s head. Roosters have a more prominent comb than hens. Some who are engaged in cockfighting preferred to cut the rooster’s comb so as not to interfere with the fight.

Coop – house of chickens.

Crop – Part of a chicken’s digestive system that can be found in the esophagus wherein food is first digested before entering the stomach.

Droppings Tray – a tray that collects chicken droppings, which is located under poles for quick disposal.

Dust bath – A pattern of chicken behavior wherein they dig a hole in the ground and immerse their bodies in the earth that has been loosened. They will get down and dirty until they get satisfied. Bathing in the dust is a kind of defense mechanism to protect chickens from lice and mites that may invade their feathers and feed on their blood. A dust bath can either be natural or artificial.

Feeder – a container that delivers and holds feeds for chickens.

Fertilized egg – an egg that came from the mating of a rooster and a hen and is destined to become a baby.

Grit – bits of rock or sand bits that chickens tend to eat and are stored in the crop that is important for good digestion.

Hackles – chicken’s neck feathers.

Hen – female chicken.

Incubation – the process of egg hatching in which the application of heat is required. The eggs that are incubated are those that are already fertilized. Constant heat, usual turning, and an environment that is humid are the essential needs of an egg that also comes in with the period. Incubation takes about 21 days before the eggs are expected to hatch.

Layer feed – a feed that is complete and is made for the sake of laying hens.

Molt or molting – this is the process of feather shedding and re-growing which happens once a year. When the molting season comes, laying season is suspended.

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Why Raise Chickens?. 5

Is Chicken Raising Right for You?. 7

Chicken Breeds. 13

Caring for Your Baby Chicks. 20

Adequate Chicken Coop Provisions. 27

Getting Ready for Your New Hobby. 29

Caring for Grown Chickens. 31

Chicken Care – One Year and Beyond. 38

Two Common Health Problems and Solutions. 41

Most Common Chicken Predators. 44

Chicken Coop Construction Guidelines. 49

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