Are You Prepared For Chicken Trouble? How to Create a Backup Plan

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Today we are going to look at a few of the problems and issues that can come with caring for chickens. Of course, these issues don’t arise solely for chickens, but for any livestock you are caring for- even pets. Your animals and birds rely on you to feed, water and house them so it’s impossible to just ‘drop the ball’ and ignore their welfare. However sometimes emergencies arise and you need to make sure you can deal with them. Today’s article will share with you how to deal with a variety of problems from small to large and how to create a backup plan for your chickens. It may also help you with disaster planning and preparation for you and your family. Emergency Leave Have you ever considered what happens to your birds in the event of an emergency? We should all think about this at some point, preferably before… [Read More]

Why Raising Chickens Is Much Easier Than You Think!

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Did you ever want to get chickens, but thought it was too much trouble? Did the thought of housing them, feeding them and cleaning the coop put you off!? There is no denying that there is some work attached to keeping chickens, but it’s nowhere near as bad as you think! Once you have your coop set up and the ladies have moved in, you can begin to organize your routine. Having a set routine will help you keep the chores under control and minimize time spent doing them, and can make raising chickens much easier. Let’s take a look at the basics and how keeping chickens can be made even easier! Hen Morning and Evening Routines Most people are rushed in the morning- getting ready for work, getting the kids off to school etc., so it’s likely that you don’t have much time to spend with the hens. The morning… [Read More]

7 Reasons Why You Should Not Get Chickens

7 Reasons Why You Should Not Get Chickens

Many people get chickens thinking they are cute, easy to look after and do not require a great deal of maintenance. After all, how much upkeep can a chicken require? Unfortunately, this rosy outlook puts a lot of chickens into shelters, on the streets or killed because they did not meet the owners’ expectations. If you are looking at getting chickens but are not 100% sure, then this article is for you. We have compiled a list of all the reasons to not keep chickens. We don’t want to deter you from keeping these beautiful creatures, but for the best interests of you and the bird we are going to take a real world look at keeping chickens. Chickens Can Be Expensive Whilst the average chick will set you back about $3-5 per bird, there are plenty of additional expenses to keeping chickens. The biggest will likely be your coop…. [Read More]

The Miracle of Chickens’ Feathers

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All birds are covered to a greater or lesser extent with feathers. We really don’t think about the amazing ability of this simple structure too much. The very first birds, Archaeopteryx, were huge terrifying beasts. They are one of the first known appearances of the feather, enabling this dinosaur to fly! Several others dinosaurs also had rudimentary feathering. We are going to take a closer look at this marvel of engineering and see just how amazing it truly is! The next time you find a loose feather, spend some time looking at it closely, it really is a thing of practical beauty. Despite having feathers, not all birds can fly. Birds can be divided roughly into flightless (emu, kiwi), limited flight (chickens) and full flight (songbirds, hawks). How Do Hens Make Feathers? Feathers are made almost entirely of keratin– a type of protein. Beaks and claws are also made of… [Read More]

What to Ask Breeders before Buying Your Chickens

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Spring is soon upon us, and it will be time to think seriously about getting some new chickens! I try to get a few each year so that the egg production can be maintained through the winter, it also allows the older girls to stop producing as frequently or even completely. As always, it’s highly recommended you read as much as you can about chickens in general. If you have specific breeds in mind, research them deeply before you decide. Visit several websites, read books- everyone’s experience is a little different. So what questions should you ask if you are new to the chicken addiction? Questions about the Breeder Which Breeds are Available? Many breeders specialize in a few breeds only. This is good, economical sense. Breeding chickens might seem straightforward to you and it is if you want ‘run of the mill’ birds. Breeders select only the best stock… [Read More]