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If you love and dress up your pet chickens, understand that chickens haven't changed much in the last 100 years, People have changed how they think about chickens.
But chickens still have the SAME gut system. If you raise your chickens in outdoor coops (nearly everyone does) learn that MOTHER NATURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT is the controlling factor in your chickens health!
large commercial climate controlled factory
with UV & daylight balanced lighting & ventilation
If you read this article and can understand this article then BRAVO!.
YOU are the customer that I want.
(WARNING: THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE MAY BE VERY HARSH - IF YOU ARE SENSITIVE TO THE TRUTH)
Chicken owners need to LEARN AND UNDERSTAND SIMPLE BASIC SCIENTIFIC AND AGRICULTURAL FACTS - if you just don't "get it" yet then Its time that you learn.
(If you do not raise your chicken in an indoor climate controlled regulated ventilated building with bacterial control and on wire cages - like large corporations, but instead put your chicken in the backyard or free range OUTDOORS and allow them to have unregulated bacteria them then understand its just Mother Nature, and Natural Selection! that will "rule the roost" SOME CHICKENS CAN GET SICK!) But overall MOST chickens (strong commercial breeds) will live and fare well based on your weather, environment etc.
Doing your "research" by reading "Backyard Chickens" or calling your friend that has 3 pet hens to advise you is not the same as my years of "eggsperience" raising chickens! So believe me or not, this is up to you to decide.
Before you read this article you may have been "lacking of knowledge" (you were ignorant of these facts) for why most chickens are grown by corporations in climate controlled systems- Either you understand this or not, its your choice.
But this article is factual and based on science.
Sorry folks, if I am ranting- But this is NOT really too hard to understand is it? No longer am I willing to cater to whiny, unhappy nor angry people that are lacking in knowledge about the care of chickens nor want to "eggcept" and understand basic agricultural and scientific principals.
Thank you to all of the intelligent people that can READ and understand this posting! The real truth is, raising chickens from chicks to grow hens for eggs or establishing a coop for a flock of hens takes time, experience, and skill. It isn’t something you can master by visiting backyard chickens chat room!
I have raised many TENS OF THOUSANDS of chickens over the years. Most customers are very satisfied with the chickens they buy at Blue Star Ranch and we have many repeat customers!
Due to conditions beyond our control; such as feed, environment (climate, weather changes, seasonal temperature fluctuation and flooding) your choice of lighting, we only guarantee healthy live birds at date of pick up. Buyer assumes risks of raising live animals. The environment/seasons/weather in which you raise your chickens can affect the overall health and livability of your chickens.
This is a safe climate controlled regulated barn with uv lights, ventilation fans & bacterial control
IF YOU RAISE CHICKENS IN TRADITIONAL COOPS OR LET THEM OUTDOORS THEN THE WEATHER, BACTERIA, WIND, SUNLIGHT AND MANY FACTORS WILL AFFECT THE HEALTH. My suggestions are to buy chicken breeds that are right for the seasonal temperatures in your neck of the woods. (commercial breeds and game fowl are the strongest BEST for having the greatest immunity) Begin to understand about nature and natural life cycles.
Thank you! to all my happy customers over the years who buy feed and chickens from Blue Star Ranch. This article is deeply thought out by me to try and share information about backyard coops and changing weather can effect your chickens overall health and life. This page is also about how people today are different than our grandparents and great grandparents. And that people have changed, but chickens have not.
The real truth is, raising chickens from chicks to grow hens for eggs or establishing a coop for a flock of hens takes time, experience, and skill. It isn’t something you can master by visiting backyard chickens chat room! Now can you handle the TRUTH?
The environment, seasons and weather in which you raise your chickens can (AND DO) affect the overall health and livability of your chickens.
Most common chicken breeds do well in outdoor coops. BUT Bottom line: U-N-L-E-S-S you raise your chicken INDOORS ONLY (most people do not) then you need to be aware that chickens health is based on its living environment. When the weather changes (30 to 50 degrees in a matter of hours in Texas) then some chickens may become ill from sudden changes in the weather. Its up to YOU as the new owner to provide a safe and healthy coop free from wet, cold drafts or muggy wet soil.
(its really sad that I have to even tell customers this! Some customers CARE, some customers want fun without any responsibility for pet ownership)
THIS IS WHY WE TELL BUYERS THAT THEY ASSUME THE RISK OF RAISING CHICKENS IN OUTDOOR (NOT CLIMATE CONTROLLED COOPS) All chickens are sold AS IS. See poultry guarantee
I have written for YEARS how sudden temperature drops or seasonal weather changes affect chickens health. This is even more important this wet and flooding season in Texas.
All hatcheries KNOW that if you do not know "their secret"of how to raise chickens correctly - There may be a percentage of loss to chicks or hens
All chickens that live in outdoor coops health is subject to the changing weather & environmental living conditions
Due to conditions beyond our control; such as feed, environment (climate, weather changes, seasonal temperature fluctuation and flooding) plus your choice of lighting, we only guarantee healthy live birds at date of pick up.
We are all about 3 or 4 generations removed from the farm (most of us) from REAL farm life, but yet the hobby and lifestyle of raising chickens is bigger than ever! This page will show you REAL information that is not really talked about by pet chicken owners.
A covered coop in your backyard does NOT count for "climate controlled system"
****THINK ABOUT THIS! ****
Why do poultry factories use climate controlled buildings, ventilation fans, heaters and daylight balanced light bulbs for light and Ultraviolet Light (UV Light) for killing bacteria? Because this is the BEST way to raise chickens without fluctuating BACTERIA in the gut that causes illness!!!! Because this is the best way to raise mass qualities of healthy chickens (100,000 or more in just a few weeks! to use meat breeds for example.)
BLUE STAR RANCH DOES NOT HAVE A 100% CLIMATE CONTROLLED ENCLOSED SYSTEM (but we do have a 100% partial climate system for most of our birds covered barns, propane heaters and heat lamps with ventilation- This is how we raise baby chicks for 8 weeks then move them to standard coops)
SO if you choose to raise "Natural or Backyard Chickens" then understand that sometimes chickens can become ill from bacteria on the ground that they eat. Constant changing weather (even if you have a covered coop) is one of your biggest concerns.
THIS IS A SCIENTIFIC FACT!
Chickens that eat bacteria (they ALL do) eat dirt or poop and other germs from the ground can ingest bacteria that remains "dormant." Now when the weather changes outdoors (In Texas we can have 30 to 50 Fahrenheit degree changes in a matter of hours.) The "dormant" bacteria that your chicken ate can become "active" and cause illness in chickens. Most chickens recover and have strong immune systems to absorb bad bacteria and re-align their gut systems.
There are some breeds that are just STRONG AS TANKS (most commercial breeds) and have strong immune systems and can withstand outdoor conditions. We sell strong commercial breeds and pet chickens too. Many of the popular or pet breeds do not have as good of livability in wet, cold or sudden weather changes.
Now let me be harsh for a moment: What did your GRANDPARENTS DO? with sick chickens? Well, they did not take chickens to the vet, nor put diapers on them or dress them up in clothes or put bows in their feathers! (yes there are chicken owners that do this!) Your farm/agricultural rural Grandparents did not take their chickens to the local veterinarian and pay several hundred dollars to care for a sick chicken!
Our Grandparents were from another time and UNDERSTOOD NATURAL LIFE PRINCIPALS They "culled" any chickens that got sick. PERIOD. Then they hatched more chicks to replace the ones that were killed. It was a way of life.
*** Chickens are an agricultural animal and considered disposable. Before people made chickens city pets, chickens were "disposable" to many people. Its a fact. ***
The environment, seasons, and your choice of breeds as well as changing weather in which you raise your chickens can affect the overall health and livability of your chickens.
uv light portable sanitizer to kill bacteria and virus portable and can be used in coops - use small uv lights in your coop to kill germs
But today, too many backyard chicken customers do not understand agriculture. People new to chickens may "eggspect" that chickens are there for their "entertainment" They want the joy but may not understand chickens health is based on the environment that its raised into.
We sell chickens AS IS because each customer creates his or her own environment which they control.
Too many customers arrive here at Blue Star Ranch all fresh and dreamy eyed from reading the glowing stories about how happy you will be when owning chickens. You CAN be, but there is also risk and responsibility in raising chickens too! You, the new chicken owner, need to know this before buying chickens (read on!)
These outdoor free range chickens or cooped chickens ARE NOT CLIMATE CONTROLLED- AND ARE SUBJECT TO MORE ILLNESS AND PREDATORS
uv light sanitizer to kill bacteria and virus portable and can be used in coops - use small uv lights in your coop to kill germs