Monthly Archives: January 2016

Free Form Downloads for Chicken Keeping

Use these free downloadable forms from Chicken Scratch DIY.  Organization is key to any project!  I hope this helps all us “OCD” people stay somewhat organized!  Download the free PDF Files by clicking on the blue title of each worksheet.  Click on the picture to get a better look at it but please print from the Title that is in blue!  One last tip, print in in landscape not portrait.


Track Eggs Form Incubator

Track Your Eggs That Go Into the Incubator


Inventory Incubation Worksheet:  This amazing form allows you to write down your egg colors, breeds, make side notes and keep track of your eggs from day 1 until the end of incubation.






Egg Incubator Tracking Worksheet Free Download Humidity Temperature Notes

Egg Incubator Tracking Worksheet (Page 1)

Egg Incubator Tracking Worksheet Free Download Humidity Temperature Notes

Egg Incubator Tracking Worksheet (Page 2)


Egg Incubator Tracking Worksheet:  Keep track of temperature, humidity and notes on a routine basis.  If you have a successful  hatch or an unsuccessful attempt, tracking your daily numbers will help you keep everything in check.  Use these forms for future hatches to perfect your methods.  Happy Hatching!




free download form eggs daily tracking worksheet

Keep Track of Your Eggs Daily


Egg Collection Worksheet:  Keep track of how many eggs you get daily.  Not sure which breed is laying eggs?  Start documenting your daily results to help you find which poultry friend is laying your favorite egg color!





Chicken Scratch DIY Offers Free Downloadable Goal Worksheet for Do It Yourself Projects.

Goal Worksheet for Do It Yourself Projects.


DIY Project Tracking:  Need help tracking a Do It Yourself project?  Our easy form allows you to document your goals and record your progress as you go.  Using a simple Plan A approach then allowing room for adjustments and modifications will help you finish your final Plan B on a positive note.






Tracking Cayenne Pepper Backyard Chickens increase egg production

Cayenne Pepper Tracking Worksheet: Goal=Increased Egg Production

Cayenne Pepper Tracking Worksheet:  Want more eggs out of your hens?  Currently there is a group growing called Backyard Poultry Project on Facebook.  This group is monitoring the use of Cayenne Pepper in feed and water to qualify an increase in egg production with backyard chickens. The scientific evidence is still growing, and there are plenty of people over the internet that swear by it.  Want to join in on the fun and learn a wealth of information? Click the link for “Backyard Poultry Project” to join the group on Facebook.  Make sure to come back here and download the free PDF worksheet. 

Starwest Botanicals Cayenne Pepper

You can read more about the benefits of Cayenne Pepper here on Backyard Poultry. An amazing 4,000 people have liked this article through Facebook alone! 

Most importantly, don’t forget to grab your Organic Cayenne Pepper!  Here is the link for the Cayenne Pepper Powder 90K H.U. – capsicum annum, 1 lb,(Starwest Botanicals) it’s a 1 pound bag and if you click it, you will be redirected to Amazon.  In addition if you are an Amazon Prime member, you will get free shipping if you select Amazon Prime; one time purchase, it will cost between $10.00 to $11.00!   The reviews are fantastic too!  BONUS!

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Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens – A Fun Friday Review!

Are you are trying to figure out what book to buy about chickens and feel absolutely overwhelmed by all the choices on the market?  Look no further, I know the perfect book that will meet your needs.  It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out or if you have a million chickens in your backyard, this book is suitable for all types of situations.

Originally I purchased a couple of brightly colored books on chickens, and they are pretty but I wanted more detailed information.  I headed to the library to investigate because I didn’t want to waste any more money on books that weren’t meeting my needs.  I looked up “chickens” on the computer catalog and pushed all the crazy people out of my way who were looking up boring other stuff that had nothing to do with chickens–if they only knew how exciting the world of backyard chickens is!  We will change their minds someday, but that is not the point of this review; more on that another time!

Once I got to where the chicken books are, I literally sat down in front of a display of books and set-up homestead.  None of the books had the warm glow that I longed for, calling my name and asking me to pick them up.  Instead all the books were dingy and were looking sad from many fingers thumbing through the pages over the years.  I pressed on anyways.

I rummaged through a million books and made my peace with seven choices.   I wasted no time to get home and break open all the findings.

When all of the sudden this one book flew to the top of the stack and started screaming at me, “PICK ME, PICK ME!”

I picked up a book called, Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens, 3rd Edition.  I can’t begin to tell you how fast my eyes danced through this book.  After reviewing so many different backyard chicken books, I was delighted to find that this book had it all.

  • Breed information
  • Teaching about chicken behavior and pecking order
  • Coop information
  • Feed and water
  • Managing chickens: cleaning coops, handling chickens, incorporating new chickens in your existing flock, predators, weather
  • All aspects of health care, parasites, diseases, first aid
  • Layer nutrition, eggs, issues, flock replacement, egg collecting, preserving eggs
  • Breeding
  • Hatching eggs, incubating
  • Chick care, problems and solutions
  • Showing chickens and exhibiting
  • Managing how to raise birds for meat
  • Killing, evisceration, prep and sanitation

These are just a few condensed topics, but the list goes on.  I told you I wasn’t joking when I said this book has it all!

One thing to note about this book, there are no color pictures in it, but don’t let that distract you.  This book is packed with tons of valuable information but not too much that you are overwhelmed; and it’s well designed and structured to find your topics easily.

Storey’s guide to Raising Chickens by Gail Damerow, regular contributor to the great magazine Backyard Poultry and author of many books, will become your go-to book for everything.  Between this book and internet research, I’m not sure anyone needs to own many books on chickens and if they do it’s just a personal choice.

Honestly, I wish someone had told me about this book early on when I was just getting started. In fact, I have already ordered my own copy off of Amazon and I haven’t even returned my library copy yet.  Don’t miss out!  I even provide a handy link above for you to get your own.  Or you can click the picture below.  It’s also available on Kindle.  I recommend a hard copy so you can highlight and mark your favorite parts!

If you have a question about this book, please comment below.  For around $15.00, you can’t beat the price for what you get!

“Storey’s Guide to” books are written regarding many topics, poultry, ducks, rabbits, cattle, goats, sheep, pigs and honeybees.  Here are more links.  Just click on the pictures!

kimKimberly Linville is the owner of Chicken Scratch DIY.  Wife for 20 years, mother of two children ages 10 and 13, and chicken enthusiast with a passion for DIY and photography.