Curled toes in chickens is a relatively common issue that can affect baby chicks. Curled toes will look pretty much just exactly what they sound like….
You can break goat breeds down into three general categories or types of goats: dairy goats, fiber goats or meat goats. When you are trying to decide what type of goat to get, you should know what each goat breed is used for. Afterall, it wouldn’t really do you much good to get a type of goat that is a meat goat when you are wanting to get goats for milk or vice versa. Some goat breeds are dual purpose breeds as well, so that may also play a factor in your decision….
Feeding chickens will be one of the main costs associated with raising chickens. Many people want chickens in order to have fresh eggs, but in order to know if it it worth raising chickens you should find out what the cost to feed chickens is. Although the cost to feed chickens will vary based on what you are feeding your chickens as well as a few other factors which we will discuss, you should be able to come up with a ballpark figure.
Feeding Chickens – Type of Feed
First, you will need to decide what type of feed you will be feeding your chickens. The cost of feed for chickens can vary quite a lot based on if you are feeding regular chicken feed or a non-GMO organic chicken feed. In general, you can get a 50 pound bag of regular chicken feed for about $12 – $15. Non-GMO organic chicken feed will run you about $30 per bag for 50 pounds. So, you can see that feeding chickens organically will about double your cost of feed.
Amount of Feed per chicken per day
A standard sized chicken will consume about 1/4 (or .25) of a pound of dry chicken feed per day. This amount is for fully grown chickens. Younger chicks will obviously eat less as they are smaller. Of course, if you free-range or feed fermented feed you may end up feeding your chickens less each day. But for our purposed we will use the 1/4 of a pound estimate.
So, what is the Cost to Feed Chickens?
If you are feeding your chickens regular chicken feed, the cost to feed your chickens will be about 7 – 8 cents per day. The way to figure this out is to find the cost per pound of feed ($15/50lbs). Regular feed costs about .30 cents per pound. Next, figure out how many pounds of feed a chicken will eat per month. To do this take .25 (amount per day) and multiply by days in the month (30). This tells you a chicken will eat about 7.5 pounds of feed per month. Next, find out the cost to feed a chicken per month by multiplying pounds of feed per month (7.5) by cost of feed per pound (.30). This tells you that the cost to feed a chicken for one month is about $2.25. You can then divide that by 30 to find out the cost per day.
If you are feeding chickens organic feed, the cost will be about double this. The cost to feed your chickens per day will be about .15 cents. Organic feed costs about .60 cents per pound. You’ll still be feeding your chickens 7.5 pounds of feed per chicken per month. So, the cost to feed a chicken per month on organic feed is $4.50.
To find out how much it will cost to feed your entire flock of chickens, you can just multiply the cost per month (or per day) by the number of chickens you have (or intend to have).
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Cheesy, Beefy Spaghetti Squash Casserole you say?! Why, yes, I would like some of that! We love to find gluten free noodle alternatives (like these black bean noodles) to cook with and spaghetti squash is one of the best that we have found. We are also big fans of crockpot meals and casseroles. Why? Well, there is really nothing nicer than spending a few minutes to prepare a meal, popping it in an oven (or crockpot) and then being able to eat a few meals from that one cooking time.
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Ok, let’s get right to it, our Cheesy, Beefy Spaghetti Squash Casserole
1 large Spaghetti Squash
1 pound of beef
1 bag (16oz) of shredded cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
- Bake your Spaghetti Squash.
- Slice it in half and place on a cookie sheet
- Bake at 350 degrees until tender. This usually takes about 45 minutes.
- While your squash is baking, get your beef cooked.
- Add beef, salt and pepper to a fry pan and sautee on medium.
- Cook beef until it is well done.
- Once your Spaghetti Squash is cooked, you will use a fork and scrape out the flesh (it will look like little noodles!)
- Mix your beef and Spaghetti Squash noodles together in a casserole dish.
- Top beef and noodle mixture with cheese.
- if you love cheese, you can also mix cheese in with the beef and noodles to use the entire bag of cheese.
- Bake your cheesy, beefy spaghetti squash casserole on 350 for about 25 – 30 minutes (cheese should be melted).
This dish, like most of our favorites, is also yummy re-heated so you can eat it for a few meals if you like. Sometimes we will make a larger pan of it so that we do have plenty of leftovers.
If you decide to try this dish let us know in the comments below what you think of it!
Goat fencing is something that we have talked about previously. To see our reviews of several goat fencing types, click here. Since our initial goat fencing review, we have added several goats to the herd. As part of these herd additions, we added two bucks.
Now, as you may know, bucks are usually kept separate from does. To do this, we built a buck house (a simple shed) and partitioned off a part of the does pasture. At the time, like usual, we were trying to think about saving time as well as money while building the buck pen.