How Long Do Chickens Live: 6 Factors That Impact Life Expectancy

how long do chickens live

We all love our chickens, but how long do they live? The answer to the question can depend on so many things. Nowadays, hens have become productive pets for thousands of people, and we want the best for them, so knowing what to expect is really important. Today, we will take a look at the […]

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Photographing Birds: Tips, Tricks and Equipment

photographing birds

Whether you’re new to photographing birds or you’ve been doing it for several years, there’s no doubt about it – capturing images of birds in flight is a talent that very few of us have. Even the best photographers will find themselves struggling at photographing birds in flight, but thankfully, with the right equipment and […]

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14 Black Chicken Breeds You Can Easily Raise

Our color theme for this article is black chicken breeds! There are some gorgeous ‘Goth’ chickens out there, so we decided to showcase some for your pleasure. The majority of these chickens can be found quite easily on hatchery sites or even private sellers. There are, of course, several more black breeds, but they are […]

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What Are Quail Eggs Are Used For?

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Chances are, you’ve consumed quite a few chicken eggs in your lifetime, and you’ve found yourself here because you’re interested in learning more about what quail eggs are used for.  Well, you’re in luck because quail eggs are on the menu quite often on our farm.  But let’s back up a second and clarify: quail […]

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How To Incubate Duck Eggs

incubate duck eggs

To incubate duck eggs in an incubator is more complicated than hatching chicken eggs the same way. Most incubators are designed to be used for both types of eggs. But, although it is fairly commonplace on homesteads, attempting to hatch both chicken and duck eggs simultaneously is often problematic.  While some duck breeds both lay […]

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4 Diseases Humans Get from Backyard Chickens: Zoonotic Diseases

disease from backyard chickens

We have come to depend a lot on the food industry to supply us with tasty, quick meals in our busy lives. The downside of this is the occasional outbreak of food-related illnesses.  Unfortunately, we can get a disease from backyard chickens. Sadly, we have become almost ‘used’ to hearing about salmonella outbreaks, listeria, E.coli, […]

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The Benefits of Quail Eggs

benefits of quail eggs

It’s easy to think that an egg’s an egg, no matter the bird it came from. But the truth is, there are different benefits of quail eggs, compared to chicken or a duck egg, for example.  Aside from the fact that quail eggs have a higher yolk-to-egg white ratio than a chicken egg, which makes […]

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Poultry Processing Equipment (Everything You Need to Butcher Chickens)

poultry processing

So you’ve decided to raise and process your own meat chickens. You’ve done your research and know exactly how to raise the perfect broiler. Now you’re looking forward to poultry processing day.  It’s important to be prepared and have all the processing equipment ready before the butcher day arrives (and trust me, it sneaks up […]

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The Largest Chicken Breed

largest chicken breed

Maybe you are just curious, or maybe you have in mind a nice, big chicken dinner or large eggs, either way knowing you have likely wondered at least once what is the largest Chicken breed. The answer is easy: The Jersey Giant is the largest chicken breed. There are many other large chicken breeds, for […]

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Speckled Sussex: Egg Production, Temperament and More…

speckled sussex

The Speckled Sussex is an old-time favorite in its homeland of England. It has endured over the centuries to become a firm favorite with a dedicated following. Although other varieties of Sussex fowl were in danger of dying out in the early 1900s, a few die-hard poultry keepers kept the lines going, greatly improving on […]

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