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Best Time of Year to Raise Chicks: Spring or Winter?

Best Time of Year to Raise Chicks Spring or Winter Blog Cover

Beginner chicken keepers often ask this question, probably because spring is the most active and usual time for rearing and raising chicks. However, there really is no good reason why you can’t raise chicks year round – after all, many hatcheries have chicks available year round. As long as you have everything you need for […]

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4 Diseases Humans Get from Backyard Chickens: Zoonotic Diseases

4 Diseases Humans Get from Backyard Chickens Zoonotic Diseases Blog Cover

In our busy lives we have come to depend a lot on the food industry to supply us with tasty, quick meals. The down side of this is the occasional outbreak of food related illnesses. Sadly, we have become almost ‘used’ to hearing about outbreaks of salmonella, listeria, E.coli etc. They have until recently been […]

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How To Keep Hens Laying Eggs Through The Winter

How To Keep Hens Laying Eggs Through The Winter Blog Cover

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 […]

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How To Do A Chicken Health Check (Checklist Included)

How To Do A Chicken Health Check Blog Cover

Performing regular health checks for your birds can prevent minor problems from becoming major headaches. You probably already take mental notes of what’s going on with your flock on a daily basis. This article is to give you a few pointers on what you are looking for and how to deal with some of the […]

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Should I Light The Coop Over Winter?

This question, along with heating the coop is persistent. Each winter I always receive emails about this. So this year I’ve put down some thoughts, reasons for and against lighting and related tidbits. The discussion between the yeas and the nays on this subject can get quite heated at times, so remember, the choice is […]

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Chicken Molting: What Is It and How to Fix It

All You Need To Know About Chickens Molting

The autumn leaves are falling from the trees and feathers are falling from your chickens. What’s up with that? Congratulations! Your ladies (and boys) are molting. Shorter days and cooler temperatures trigger an automatic response in the chickens and so they molt, shedding the old and acquiring glossy new feathers. This article is a guide […]

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