Awesome gifts for a chicken lover

Awesome gifts for a chicken lover

If you’re looking for gift ideas to surprise, entertain and give love to chickens and/or the people who love them, look no further. Here are a few fun and creatively fowl gift ideas for this holiday season.

Bogey Man Egg White Separator

By far one of the funniest, easiest but also most disgusting ways to separate your egg yolks from your egg whites. The Bogeyman, is a ceramic coffee mug-looking kitchen accessory that separate your eggs by straining it through his nostrils. Not only is it oddly fascinating to watch, it’s simply useful design gets the job done while ensuring laughs for years to come.

Price: varies – this is a hot item!

A Chicken Harness

This chicken harness is more than a novelty – it’s also very practical!  This durable, comfortable item is made of breathable mesh and a 6 foot long nylon leash. It’s easy to hand wash and air dry. We love that it’s adjustable design can be used to harness your chicken, duck or goose in un-fenced areas. This leaves you free to go about your business weeding or gardening with more confidence.

Price: $18.00

Getting Laid? Have an Egg-cellent Apron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harvest up to NINETEEN eggs in your egg gathering apron each morning! The pattern for the best apron you’ll ever need it available!.For this egg-cellent egg gathering apron, this awesome chicken lady created a back/main portion, three strips for pockets, and one large pocket for your cell phone, to-do list, pen… whatever. In also includes a strap, doubled-up for added durability. Harvest up to NINETEEN eggs in your egg gathering apron each morning!

 

Chicken Jewel Leg Bands

Sometimes you gotta give them a little of their own razzle dazzle!  These are a fun way to identify your chickens, duck, geese, and other poultry pals! Plus, it’s adorable to see them on your feathered friends. Have more pens of birds than there are colors of bands? Add a charm to the band to expand the identifying possibilities and fun.

Price: $16.95

High fashion: the perfect poultry tutu

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How awesome is this MAJESTIC hen above? What could be better than dressing up POULTRY!? These tutus are high fashion and make great, timeless outfits for any occasion  – and especially loved by the particularly fancy chickens. Each of these chicken ensembles are handmade using high quality black elastic and tulle netting. With over 15 color combinations, the possibilities are vast and ready to be tailored to your cock or hen’s unique personality.

Price: $14.99

Want more? Check out Thimble Works’ online shop for more chicken accessories including hen protectors, chicken aprons, or hen saddles in a variety of fun and funky designs.

How to care for chickens with lime

How to care for chickens with lime

Whether you’re in it for the love or the excitement of the exhibition as a hobbyist, keeping things clean is a critical part of raising healthy poultry. First Saturday is a safe, effective way to keep your chickens and their eggs in showcase shape.

First Saturday Lime’s formula, also known as Precipitated Calcium Carbonate (PCC) is a nontoxic mineral  known to:

  • improve water pH levels
  • prevent moss growth in water pans
  • reduces the ability dangerous bacteria
  • provide a vital source of calcium
  • protect against fleas, mites and other parasites

Note: Years of story evidence from around the world support that in small amounts, First Saturday Lime’s formula is safe for your animal to ingest. How much? Don’t set a bowl of it next to their food but don’t be afraid if some is left over after the applications listed below. Put it this way, it’s made primarily of calcium carbonate, which is regularly used to clean tap water.

How to control moss and algae in water pans

Learn how to The American Association of Poultry attests, a critical “prime” element of poultry health is clean water that’s free of microbial contamination – especially because they consume water at twice the level of feed.

Cleaning their water fresh is critical to avoid from potentially dangerous algae and bacteria. Help protect their health and avoid that layer of scum like slime that thrives in direct sunlight and heat and forms in poultry water plans. First Saturday is a safe, effective way to promote a clean, healthy water clean and odor free. Note: In general, clean the water frequently to keep the water fresh.

What You’ll Need

  • 1 water pan
  • First Saturday Lime
  • fresh water

Directions

  1. Clean your water pan thoroughly with clean water.
  2. Fill the water pan with fresh drinking water. 
  3. Pour a thin layer of First Saturday Lime over the surface of the water pan.

KEY TIP: For best results, repeat this process once a month or as needed.

 

How to get healthier, harder chicken eggs

Without the right amount of calcium, chickens, hens and their eggs suffer. The shell of each egg is made up of nearly 97% calcium carbonate by dry weight. A standard-sized egg requires 2.3g of elemental calcium to produce an eggshell, which represents about 10% of the total calcium present in the skeleton of the hen.

A study by the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, confirms calcium should be provided to birds of all ages, even when not laying, as it is vital for bone development. For chicks to deliver healthy, hard eggs without hurting themselves it’s essential they consume at least 4g of calcium per day.

 

What You’ll Need

  • First Saturday Lime
  • Fresh clean water

Directions

  1. Clean your water trough and add fresh, clean water.
  2. Place 4 grams of First Saturday Lime per chicken in food or water

KEY TIP: Reapply whenever you replace your chickens water.

 

 

Give your chickens a dust bath they’ll love

Chicken hygiene is critical to the health and livelihoods of your poultry, people, other animals, and the environment.  Not only will your chickens love playing in a First Saturday Lime dust bath, it’s has many other benefits that can include:

  • protection against poultry diseases (Avian influenza, Newcastle disease, Ornithosis and more)
  • reduces odors
  • repels pests that can carry disease
  • kills most bug larvae (stick fleas, lice, mites)
  • improves calcium levels critical for a healthy flock
  • reduces moisture and discourages the growth of potentially harmful bacteria

What You’ll Need

  • 1 cup First Saturday Lime
  • 1 cup wood ash
  • 1 cup sand
  • 1 cup soil

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients together
  2. Let the chickens play. Easy!
  3. For best results, reapply monthly or as needed

KEY TIP: Whitewash is water-soluble so reapplication will be needed as it comes off (depending on weather elements and exposure to water or other fluids).

An easy awesome way to clean chick bedding

Chickens are adorable, but holy moly they can be a mess!  First Saturday Lime can help keep their bedding clean and safe from bacteria.  Research proves the natural form of calcium carbonate (also known as milk of lime or First Saturday Lime) is effective in controlling poultry diseases like Avian influenza, Newcastle disease, Ornithosis, and many more.

First Saturday Lime in bedding can:

  • Keep away insects
  • Deodorizes
  • Absorb moisture
  • Kills bacteria
  • Neutralize acid from urine

What You’ll Need

  • First Saturday Lime
  • Broom
  • Clean chicken bedding

Directions

  1. Remove old bedding materials.
  2. Thoroughly sweep and clean the bedding area.
  3. Lay down new bedding.
  4. Sprinkle thin layer of First Saturday Lime on the surface of the new, clean bedding.

Key Tip: For a clean coop, repeat Steps 1-3 once a month. For additional tips on how to keep your poultry healthy visit our chicken learning center by clicking here.

How to whitewash the inside of your chickens’ coop.

Amish whitewash is an old technique used to protect chicken coops from insects.  It adds a bit of old-fashion charm while being safe and free of dangerous toxins in paint. Whitewashing has some antibacterial properties for those tough-to-wash surfaces against bacteria and pests.  Whitewashing should be done only to the inside of the shelter. Benefits of this technique include:

  • reduces odors
  • repels pests that can carry disease
  • protects against most bug larvae (stick fleas, lice, mites)
  • improves calcium levels critical for a healthy flock
  • reduces moisture and discourages the growth of potentially harmful bacteria

What You’ll Need

 

    • 8 cups First Saturday Lime
    • 2 cups salt
    • 1 gallon of water
    • 1 paint brush

 

Directions

 

    1. Combine First Saturday Lime and salt together in a bucket or large open container.
    2. Gradually add water and stir the mixture.
    3. Remove everything and thoroughly clean the inside of the coop.
    4. Apply first layer with a paint brush to the inside of the coop.
    5. Allow to dry completely.
    6. After the first layer, has dried, apply a second layer and allow to dry completely.
    7. Once the whitewash has completely dried, allow chickens to enjoy their comfy home.

KEY TIP: Whitewash is water-soluble so reapplication will be needed as it comes off (depending on weather elements and exposure to water or other fluids).

Easy horse care using limestone

Easy horse care using limestone

Routine cleaning is vital for horse health management and critical for adequate disease prevention.  As the experts with the OAHN confirm, horses commonly spread respiratory viruses via nose to nose contact or contact with infectious particles in the environment (tack, grooming supplies, stalls, and trailers).

First Saturday Lime’s formula, also known as Precipitated Calcium Carbonate (PCC) is a nontoxic mineral  known to:

  • Deodorize
  • Kill parasite larvae
  • Prevent the growth of bacteria
  • Neutralize acid from urine
  • Reduce the likelihood of harboring infections in equine environments

Note: Years of story evidence from around the world support that in small amounts, First Saturday Lime’s formula is safe for your animal to ingest. How much? Don’t set a bowl of it next to their food but don’t be afraid if some is left over after the applications listed below. Put it this way, it’s made primarily of calcium carbonate, which is regularly used to clean tap water.

A simple way to clean horse bedding

What You’ll Need

  • First Saturday Lime
  • Fresh clean hay as bedding
  • Broom

Directions

  1. Remove all bedding, manure, and other debris in the stall. 
  2. Pour a layer of First Saturday Lime over desired area. 
  3. Wait at least 1 hour minimum. 
  4. Sweep up lime and discard. 
  5. Put down clean bedding a sprinkle thin layer over clean bedding.

KEY TIP: For best results, repeat this process once a month or as needed.

The easy way to maintain a healthy horse water trough

What You’ll Need

  • First Saturday Lime
  • Fresh clean water

Directions

  1. Clean your water trough and add fresh, clean water.
  2. Pour a thin layer of First Saturday Lime on the surface of your water 

KEY TIP: Reapply monthly or whenever that familiar film or algae or moss appears in their water trough.

How to whitewash the inside of your horse stall

What You’ll Need

  • 8 cups First Saturday Lime
  • 2 cups table salt
  • 1 gallon of water  
  • 1 paint brush

Directions

  1. Combine First Saturday Lime and salt together in a bucket or large open container.
  2. Gradually add water and stir the mixture. 
  3. Remove everything and thoroughly clean the inside of the stall.
  4. Apply first layer with a paint brush to the inside of the stall.  Allow to dry completely.
  5. After the first layer, has dried, apply a second layer and allow to dry completely.
  6. Once the whitewash has completely dried, allow your horses to enjoy their comfy home.

KEY TIP: Whitewash is water-soluble so reapplication will be needed as it comes off (depending on weather elements and exposure to water or other fluids).

Control moss and algae in water bowls, pans and toughs

Control moss and algae in water bowls, pans and toughs

The American Association of Poultry says a critical “prime” element of poultry health is clean water that’s free of microbial contamination – especially because they consume water at twice the level of feed. But, the truth is, the same can be said of animals and human health.

In general, keeping water clean is basic prevention against potentially dangerous algae and bacteria. But extra help from nature is welcomed and necessary year round – not just the summer months. Keep reading to learn an easy way to protect life and avoid that familiar layer of scum-like-slime that thrives in direct sunlight and heat and grows algae or moss in pet and animal water sources. Before you know it, you’ll have a much healthier, odor free water bowl your animals will enjoy much more!

 What you’ll need

  • First Saturday Lime

Directions

  1. Empty and clean your animal’s water bowl, pan or trough thoroughly.
  2. Once clean, add fresh clean water.
  3. Pour a thin layer of First Saturday Lime over the surface of the water bowl, pan or trough. 
  4. Enjoy!

Key Tip: Reapply monthly or whenever a film, algae or moss begins to appear in their water pan.

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How to Create a Pest Barrier

How to Create a Pest Barrier

It’s no secret, pesticides and toxic chemicals are dangerous. We take extra care to avoid any substances that are simply too dangerous to justify using on our foods, gardens, livestock, homes, and our earth. On the other hand, it’s critical to protect against the diseases bugs carry because the threat is bigger than ever before. Learn how to protect yourself below.

The Problem

The danger is greater than ever before. In 2016 the World Health Organization declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency and now estimates that there could be four million Zika-related cases in the Americas within the next year. Lyme disease is one of the fastest growing epidemics to date with numbers of US cases reported per year skyrocketing to an estimated 329,000. Education, awareness and prevention using strong by safe solutions like First Saturday Lime are still of utmost importance for outdoor workers, travelers and families.

Fly and insect problems that cause diseases include:

  • Lyme Disease
  • Zika Virus
  • Malaria
  • Avian influenza
  • Newcastle disease
  • Ornithosis

The Solution

 

First Saturday Lime is a form of precipitated calcium carbonate that the National Lime Organization endorses because it kills harmful bacteria.  It’s also a proven non-toxic insect pesticide alternative that protects against:

  • aphids
  • beetles
  • Spiders
  • ants
  • earwigs
  • maggots
  • mosquitoes
  • potato bugs
  • scales
  • slugs
  • spiders
  • spider mites
  • ticks
  • termites

Key features of First Saturday Lime’s formula

  • odorless
  • stainless*
  • animal and pet safe
  • monthly application
  • safe for humans
  • widely claimed as beneficial to pets with calcium deficiencies
  • non-toxic to the environment

 

Steps to create a pest barrier

 

 Where: Homes, garages, pest infested outdoor areas, and outbuildings

When: For best results, monthly application is recommended.

How: Sprinkle First Saturday Lime over the pest infiltrated area directly from the bag. Use around the base of the structure to fight insects and spider invasions. (See image below).

Once finished, the perimeter of your building should look like the photo below.

*: Our formula is thoroughly purified, tested, tried and true, straight from the earth stone quarries of the U.S.A. This means it’s domestic and contains a small amount of rust red soil.

 

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