Bringing home New Chicks! – First time Ducks on the Farm – Getting Started with Chickens

The Chicks and Ducks have finally arrived! Dean and the boys go to the post office to pick up the new chicks and introduce them to the brooder.

Before they go, they make sure everything is set up. Make sure to watch the previous video about setting up the brooder before your new chicks come: https://youtu.be/28BYe2H6GnY

It’s very important for the new chicks to be shown where their waterer is in the brooder. Make sure to dip their beaks in the waterer to get them started. Also, we add Apple Cider Vinegar to the water to help with digestion and immunity.

Check out the rest of the series here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKe4W0fOpJt36k4GXgW7QplfTpFN12NKi

What you need to get ready for New Chicks – Getting Started with Chickens

With Spring just around the corner, it’s time to get ready for new chicks on the farm. Our old laying flock is getting old and doesn’t produce as much as they used to, so it’s time to get another flock started.

Getting started with chickens is fun and easy. Chickens do not require much in terms of equipment or living conditions. In fact, you can be flexible with what you use and get pretty creative with your brooder and coop setups.

Here is a list of things I say you’ll need in the video:

1. Tub, Crate, Box, or whatever you will be using for a brooder. I use a Rubbermaid tub in the video, but you can use anything that will help contain the chicks and keep them safe.

2. Feeder and Waterer. These plastic ones are cheaper and can last a long time in your brooder. They are perfect for small birds and take up less room in your brooder than larger units. Here’s a tip: mixing Apple Cider Vinegar in the waterer will help promote good digestive health in the young birds. I keep a bottle in the brooder and mix in about a tablespoon each time I fill up the waterer.

3. Bedding. This helps with managing droppings from the young birds and makes it easier to clean up. I use pine shavings because they are good for managing the waste as well as providing a substrate that the small birds can easily manage.

4. Feed. We don’t use organic feed, but we do use locally source and milled grains from our local farmer’s Co-op with no added medication. Your local feed mills or co-ops may have similar options, and they may be able to work with you on specific mixes for what you want for your birds. If you are getting started, these can be good resources for what is available and works in your area.

5. Heat Lamp and Heat Bulb. This is one of the most important things for young birds. Young birds are very sensitive to the cold and if they are not kept warm enough they will die. For the first week of their lives, the brooder temperature should be 95 degrees. You can back it off about 5 degrees a week until they are out of the brooder.

Let me know what else you use in the comments. I’m excited to hear from any experienced chicken tenders on tips for people just starting out.

A call to Reconcile

This week I am torn. As a political independent, I find common ground with many political platforms without identifying as belonging to only one party. That said, my politics is not my identity. I’m first and foremost a Christian and seek to do God’s work in the world for as long as I can. I want to love people and serve them, and live a life like Christ. I have been blessed to meet many people from different backgrounds and enjoy talking and listening (oftentimes at great length) to learn from them and their stories. I truly count myself as fortunate to have made friends with many people different than myself and learn from them.

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Change your own oil – Vehicle Maintenance Basics

Vehicle maintenance can sometimes be daunting, but with a little know-how, anyone can get their hands a little dirty and figure it out. I’ll show you how to change the oil on three vehicles – a sedan, a truck, and an SUV – and how the process is similar from vehicle to vehicle. It’s all just nuts and bolts, after all.

Fix a Leaking EVAP – 4th Gen Toyota 4Runner Gas Cap Replacement – Fixing codes P0441 and P0455

We’ve got a “New to us” Toyota 4Runner that has a few miles on it. We noticed the Check Engine Light (CEL) came on after a fuel stop. Sure enough, Dean split the old fuel cap gasket. This caused codes P0441 and P0455 to show up on the scanner, as well as a couple other codes.

This is a common problem for EVAP related codes and is an easy troubleshooting step for EVAP leaks and other codes including P0441, P0455, P0456, P0457, P0442, and other codes related to the EVAP system.

DIY Cornhole Boards – Build your own Cornhole set with scrap wood

Build your own Cornhole set. Have fun and SAVE MONEY.

The family wanted a cornhole set for the yard. When I went to price it at the store I was surprised to see flimsy particleboard selling for $80!!! That’s when I set out to build my own set. Sure enough, they weren’t that hard and I built them with scrap wood from other projects.

Official Cornhole Dimensions:
https://www.playcornhole.org/pages/rules

DIY Tool Restoration – How to get tools for FREE!

Do you ever wish you had more tools? Do you wonder how you could afford to fill your shop?

I used to think all my tools had to come from the store, but then I realized that people were practically giving away quality used tools that just needed a little love.

In this video, I take a set of pliers, some needle-nosed electrician’s plyers, and a set of side cutters and get them ready for regular use. These are tools that I got in a box of junk that someone wanted gone from their shop. For the cost of taking the box home and less than an hour of labor, I got three great tools that I can use for years.