How To Tell A Rooster From A Hen (Is it a Boy or a Girl?)

rooster from a hen

So, how do you determine the sex of those just-hatched fluff balls in your incubator? And how do you tell a rooster from a hen? Sexing a chick can be easy (sex link chicks), or it can be a mysterious art form that takes years to perfect (vent sexing). This article will give you some […]

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What You Should Know About Raising Chickens And Ducks Together

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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 tough to resist. It quickly becomes a homesteading staple raising chickens and ducks together. It has been said that ducks are the […]

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How Are Chicken Eggs Fertilized

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We all know that you don’t need a rooster to get an egg, right? Our hens will lay an egg daily with or without any assistance from the male sex. However, if you want fertilized eggs, you will need a rooster to perform his duties with your hens, which he will be happy to do […]

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8 Simple Tips for Breeding Chickens

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Whether you want more chickens in your flock or you want to turn a profit by selling chicks, you’ll need to learn how to breed chickens. In general, most of the work is done by the rooster, but when it comes to the logistics of breeding chickens, there are certain things you can do to […]

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Poultry Processing Equipment (Everything You Need to Butcher Chickens)

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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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Top 5 Choices For Chicken Coop Bedding

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There’s a reason people refer to getting settled in as “nesting.” Chickens are the masters of creating a comfy nook for themselves to either roost or lay their delicious eggs. Planning for chickens includes the vital decision of which type of chicken coop bedding to use.  Bedding serves many purposes besides comfort; it must also […]

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How to Feed Meat Chickens

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We feed meat chickens is a little different than feeding a typical layer hen. Chickens bred to be efficient meat birds grow much faster than chickens intended to produce eggs, meaning they have different nutritional requirements.  A Cornish Cross, for example, is ready for processing in about 8-9 weeks, while a heritage breed like the […]

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Chicken Processing: Know When To Slaughter Your Chickens

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It would be great to have a hard-and-fast rule for the exact day, weight, or age to slaughter a chicken. That kind of precision is nearly impossible due to the number of variables involved. In this article, I’ll go over the variables to consider when planning your chicken processing day so you’ll have the perfect […]

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How to Introduce Dogs to Your Chickens: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Have you ever tried to introduce dogs to your chickens? Or are you planning to do so?  The idea of canines and chickens getting along with each other may sound counterintuitive for a reason.  Dog’s cousins and chickens have a predator-prey relationship in the wild, and some dogs retain their hunting instinct to this day. […]

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Summer Chicken Care Guide

summer chicken guide

Looking for the ultimate summer chicken care guide? Look no further – consider this your one-stop shop when it comes to caring for your flock during the hottest days of the year. Summer is finally here, and it’s time to get outside, enjoy the sun, and do some grilling. But summer isn’t just for barbecues! […]

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