Happy New Year. Happy New Chicks?

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It’s 2017; Happy New Year! If you are a gardener, you have been poring over seed catalogs, feverishly planning the layout of your garden. If you are a chicken addict you have been studying the catalogs trying to decide which breed you want to add to your flock this year. Perhaps a certain breed didn’t work out for you last year or you simply need new chickens! If you are new to chickens and have been reading the poultry catalogs- you are maybe a bit confused by the array of chickens. Who knew there were so many to choose from! How do you pick which are going to be the best fit for you? This article will help you focus on what you need to know before buying some of those cute, fluffy little peeps. Basic Chicken Questions to Ask Yourself The first and most important question is: Are you… [Read More]

Announcing Raising Backyard Chickens: The Complete Beginner’s Guide

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I’m sure if you’ve been following us for a while then you will know that today is a very exciting day for everyone here at The Happy Chicken Coop. Over the last few months we’re been working around the clock and the day is finally here. We’re so proud to announce to you that Raising Backyard Chickens: The Complete Beginner’s Guide and Building a Chicken Coop: The Complete Step by Step Beginner’s Guide have finally been released. We’ve been writing the books for the last several months, researching and experimenting to provide you with the very best books on raising chickens- from bringing your hens home for the first time to putting eggs on the table, we’ve got it all covered. Before I go on any further I’d like to thank all of you, the readers. Not only have you encouraged us to write the books but you also encourage us… [Read More]

How to Keep Hens Cool on a Hot Summers Day

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Here in the Northeast, we have been blessed with seemingly unending hot, humid days with little to no rain. For us humans, we simply retreat to the air-conditioned house, but what about your flock? Chickens can’t sweat like us, nor can they remove their feather jackets, so what can we do to help them keep cool? A hens’ normal body temperature is between 104-107F which helps them to be more resistant to cold- the heat is another matter. High temperatures will lead your flock to become cranky, they won’t eat as much, will drink more, lay fewer eggs, have thin, watery diarrhea and lowered fertility rates in both roosters and hens’. We have come up with a few ideas to help the ladies stay cool in this killer heat. We must mention here that the heat we are referring to are the sudden heat waves that we experience from time… [Read More]

Seven of the Biggest Chicken Myths

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Sometimes old wives tales linger on long enough to become folk legends that people still believe in to this day. As people become more and more disconnected from their food source, the ‘legends’  continue and can even expand. Over the years I’ve heard many myths about chickens, some entertaining, but others just outright lies! We are going to straighten out some of those for you in this lighthearted, but critical look at chicken myths. Chickens Can’t Lay Eggs without Roosters I have lost count of the number of people that have asked this question! My answer is to give them a lesson in human reproductive biology; a woman can ovulate without a man, but needs the man only if she wants a baby- it is basically the same for a hen. A chicken will ovulate once about every twenty five hours. Thus, an egg will be laid slightly later every… [Read More]

Top 11 Ways to Accidentally Kill Your Chickens

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Over recent years, many people have taken the plunge and decide to keep chickens. Unfortunately, some people have done so without doing even basic research into the care and upkeep of their flock. Subsequently, some birds languish or die simply from lack of appropriate care or attention. This is certainly something you don’t want and something which can be easily avoided. We have put together some of the most common ways in which chicks or chickens health and survival can be severely impacted and what you can do to avoid these things. Coop Fires This is the number one cause of death for many chicks. Setting up the heat lamp safely is very important, not only for the safety of your birds, but your property too. The number of coop or barn fires caused by heat lamps that have not been secured correctly is depressing. In springtime people get ready for… [Read More]