October 2012

Choosing a rooster

Three things to consider when selecting a rooster

Protecting your small flock of hens can be more challenging that you would anticipate. You have predators, disease and even a lack of food if they are free-ranging. This is when you may want to have some advice on qualities to look for in a good rooster to help your hens out in all of these aspects.

The first thing you need to look for in your rooster is how protective they will be for your hens. Typically when you are ordering your rooster from the hatchery, they will let you know how the rooster will interact with the other chickens. Hence, you will know if they will protect your hens or if they will be scared of them.

Winter farmers' market

Select the right farmers' market to make a profit during winter

Selling at farmers' markets is always exciting in the summer months. However, you need to make sure you know about the winter farmers' markets and how you should be selecting these markets to attend. 

The first thing you need to look at in the winter farmers markets to sell your produce at is how long they have been around. By looking at how long they have been around, it is easy for you to know if they are established and draw a lot of customers or not. Without this, you may have trouble making a profit because of the lack of customer base.