Polish Chickens: Temperament, Color and Egg Laying

Polish Chickens Temperament, Color and Egg Laying Blog Cover

Are you ready to meet with a fun, friendly, quirky chicken with personality and good looks? Well, wait no more here they are! The Polish chicken has a long history with much of it lost in the mists of time, but it has become beloved by ‘chickenistas’ all over the world. There really isn’t another bird that comes close to being as outrageously blessed with head feathers – they are unique in that respect. They sport 1970s’ hairdo’….need I say more? In this guide on polish chickens we discuss their temperament, egg laying capabilities, recognized varieties and also how to establish if it’s the right breed for you. Here’s our guide to this unusual and striking bird. History of the Polish Breed Truly, the origins of this bird are unclear. There are several anecdotal stories of how it came into Europe. My favorite is that in 1736, the King of Poland… [Read More]

Egg Bound Chicken: All You Need To Know

Egg Bound Chicken All You Need To Know Blog Cover

Egg binding is a serious problem and can lead to the death of the hen. Many times though, with proper intervention and care, hens can go on to live a good, long life giving you lots of nutritious eggs! An egg bound chicken has very unique symptoms which can easily be spotted if you know what to look for. Today we are going in depth with this emergency and will give you some tips and treatments to help your hen with this crisis. What Is Egg Binding/Egg Bound? Egg bound sounds benign doesn’t it? It is actually a real emergency for your hen and without intervention from you she may develop complications and could ultimately die. ‘Egg bound’ means she has an egg stuck somewhere in her oviduct. The usual place is between the uterus and the cloaca. Sometimes you can even see it from the cloaca/vent. When the egg… [Read More]

How to Sell Backyard Chicken Eggs

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It’s unlikely you will become a millionaire selling poultry eggs. However, you should be able to generate a small income that can at least cover the costs of feed. What follows is a basic primer on how to sell your eggs, whether you have a small amount every week or if you have a larger amount to move along. Remember, all countries and municipalities usually have laws concerning what you can sell and where. Although we will briefly touch on this, it’s up to you to find out what you need to do in your area. Preparing Your Eggs for Sale Firstly and most importantly, your eggs must be clean. Poop and dirt on egg shells is not acceptable to the general public or the USDA – although your Aunt Maud may turn a blind eye and declare it’s natural! Friends and neighbors will probably turn a blind eye to… [Read More]

How To Hatch Eggs With A Broody Hen

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As springtime rolls around again, we will all doubtless see articles on how to break a broody hen, but why should you need to? A hen is the ultimate top choice in incubation and rearing of chicks, so why do many people choose to not have broody hens around? The motherhood instinct is triggered by the increasing daylight. A hormone shift causes the hen to ‘set a nest’, she will then lay an egg daily – she may even steal from a nearby nest until she believes she has enough to sit on. Then, she will sit on those eggs for twenty one days until the chicks emerge. This article is about my experience with them and some do’s and don’ts of the broody hen. Introduction to Broody Chickens Certain breeds have a tendency towards broodiness – Cochins, Orpingtons, Silkies and Australorps come to mind, but there are several others…. [Read More]

Do I Need a Rooster for Hens to Lay Eggs?

Do I Need a Rooster for Hens to Lay Eggs Blog Cover

I am always surprised when I’m asked this question. I suppose it’s a logical question for those not too familiar with poultry. Do I need a Rooster for hens to lay eggs? A rooster does serve a couple of useful purposes to the flock which can be a good thing for the hens and keeper alike. However, egg laying is not one of them! He can be a magnificent site with his full plumage glistening in the sun! Of course, he knows how stunning he is and just has to convince the ladies that he is the ‘best in the coop’! So let’s take a look at what uses a rooster does in fact supply! Eggs Laying and Fertility First in answer to the original question – no, you don’t need a rooster for your hens to lay eggs. Your hens’ will lay an egg roughly every twenty five hours… [Read More]