Chicken Bullying: How to Stop Them Pecking Each Other

Todays’ article tackles one of the least endearing qualities of our beloved hens – bullying.

It is more than establishing the ‘pecking order’- it is systematically picking on one or two hens for no apparent reason.

Bullying can be limited to feather plucking or it can escalate into full blown warfare with the receiving hen being severely injured or possibly killed.

In this article we will cover what the usual causes of bullying are, how… [Read More]

The Easiest Way to Catch a Chicken

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Sounds simple doesn’t it? When I first started out with chickens and had a handful of ladies it was simple. They all knew and trusted me – so I could easily scoop them up and do whatever was needed.

When I was done, I would plop them down and give them a treat so they would always trust me and come to me.

This plan of attack worked well for most of the ladies, but… [Read More]

What’s the Perfect Ratio of Hens to Roosters?

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We often get asked how many roosters should be kept with a flock of hens.

Although this question is a moot point for folks who cannot keep roosters because of city or byelaws, it is a valid question for those who want to keep a few roosters for breeding or ‘just because’.

Roosters can be incredibly beneficial for your flock if integrated properly.

Today we will explore the ‘ideal’ ratio of how many hens per… [Read More]

Can Chickens Swim? All You Need To Know

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I must admit, this question had really never entered my head – I assumed they don’t!

If, like me, you also assumed chickens don’t swim, you’re not alone. It appears most people think chicken can’t swim either.

In the normal course of the day you can watch your chicken drink water, perhaps paddle her feet if she’s hot, but swim? Surely not!

Well, as it happens they can swim, but mostly they choose not to,… [Read More]

All You Need To Know About Coryza in Chickens

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Today we are going to focus on Infectious Coryza– a fairly common respiratory disease in chickens. It’s also known as ‘roup’, catarrh, ‘pip’ or IC.

We are going to explain what it is, how the chickens get infected, the problems it causes, the treatment for infected birds and finally, how to help prevent your flock from becoming ill.

Although it is not as devastating to a flock as Marek’s or lymphoid leucosis, it can… [Read More]