Buff Orpington All You Need To Know: Temperament and Egg Laying

Is there another breed that more quintessentially says English barnyard hen than a Buff Orpington?

People almost always picture a plump, stately, beautifully feathered hen going about her business in the barnyard as if she owns the place and is most definitely not in a hurry!

As we shall see, the Orpington is a fairly recent breed created by the vision of a man who felt that it was possible to create a dual purpose… [Read More]

How Much Do Chickens Cost?

Sounds like a simple question right?

However, there are many costs to ‘having a chicken’, so today we are going to meander through the cost of the birds and their associated needs.

Roughly speaking your costs can be divided up into the chickens, feed, housing and maintenance or fixed costs. Without a doubt the most costly for most people is the coop.

Ideally, you will have carefully planned exactly what your goals are with your… [Read More]

Double Yolk Eggs: Causes, Safety and Other Egg Laying Anomalies

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The ‘egg factory’ situated in the hen is an intricate mechanism that usually functions exceedingly well for the first couple of years before gradually slowing down in the mature hen.

Occasionally there are hiccups in the ‘factory’ and it can produce double yolk eggs, along with many other egg abnormalities.

The odds of a double yolk egg are around 1 in 1000.

First, we are going to do a quick review of the… [Read More]

Polish Chickens: Temperament, Color and Egg Laying

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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… [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… [Read More]