It’s only a matter of time before a chicken lover decides it’s time to add a duck, or five, to the flock. With their adorable good-looks, and humorous farm antics, ducks are extremely hard to resist and quickly becoming a homesteading staple alongside the chicken.
Most chicken owners will encounter medical issues among their flock at some point. There are many signs and symptoms to watch for when it comes to a chicken’s health and wellness. An important part of a chicken’s anatomy, that often becomes an area to watch for illness, is the vent (a.k.a cloaca). It is common, and unpleasant to deal with conditions of the vent, but it is extremely important to take prompt action when… [Read More]
Since hatching season will soon be upon us, we thought we would gather together some fascinating facts about fertile eggs.
While you may know everything about fertilized eggs already, it’s always good to have a review once in a while just in case you missed something.
As we go along, we will try and break some long held myths and ‘old wives tales’ about sexing eggs and other tidbits too.
Grab a cup of tea… [Read More]
For those of us who love our chickens and their endearing little ways, the difference between a chicken and hen might seem like a ‘no-brainer’.
But, if you have never raised chickens, then it’s a fair question.
It’s one of those questions that us chicken folk don’t even think about – but what actually are the differences between a hen and a chicken?
Read on and find out, maybe you will find something you didn’t… [Read More]
I was recently asked what my ‘go to’ books are, if I need advice or ideas with raising chickens.
Whilst we cover almost everything imaginable about chickens at The Happy Chicken Coop, there is still something nice about having a paper book!
Without hesitation, I could think of five books which have helped me with practical ideas and advice and a reference for all things chicken!
There is no particular order to my list… [Read More]