Egg Bound Chicken: All You Need To Know

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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]

Do I Need a Rooster for Hens to Lay Eggs?

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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]

How To Tell Which Hens Are Laying Eggs

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You have chickens, but minimal eggs – why is that? What’s happening? It could be the environmental, nutritional, seasonal or just a particular breed of bird. Sometimes you aren’t even sure which hens are laying – or not. Today we are going to look at how you can check to see which of your hens are laying and not laying eggs. I mean you could just sit all day and watch your hens but we’ve got some quicker ways to check instead. The two main ways to check which hens are laying is: physical examination and nest trapping. Let’s start with physical examinations… How to Tell If Pullets Are Laying Pullets younger than sixteen weeks are not yet ready to lay. The point of lay (POL) can vary greatly from breed to breed. A sex link pullet is likely to start laying around sixteen weeks while Orpingtons, Marans and several… [Read More]

How To Keep Hens Laying Eggs Through The Winter

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When Fall arrives, molting is not far behind. In fact, broody hens have probably already molted. Those that have finished molting are now sporting bright, tight new feathers, red combs and wattles, but… no eggs. The amount of eggs that chickens lay is hugely affected by the season and the amount of daylight hours. In today’s article we are going to look in depth at why hens don’t lay year round and what you can do to change that. When Do Hens Stop Laying Eggs For Winter? Chickens’ egg laying cycles are heavily impacted by the amount of daylight and time of year. Once the amount of daylight starts to reduce, it signals the chicken that it’s time to molt, shedding old feathers for new, a time for repair and restoration. When the days start to get shorter, special signals are sent to the brain by the eyes and the… [Read More]