Biosecurity and Keeping Rodent Activity At A Minimum

All You Need To Know About Biosecurity Blog Post

Exactly what is biosecurity? It’s one of those words that gets’ thrown around a lot these days, but many people are still unsure exactly what it means.

Biosecurity is a set of preventative measures put into place to prevent transmission of diseases/infections to your chickens. In its basic form, it is a set of safeguards to protect you and your flock from external diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.

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Is It Safe To Feed My Chickens Table Scraps?

Is It Safe To Feed My Chickens Table Scraps Blog Cover

A common question many first time chicken keepers ask is: “can I feed my chickens table scraps/leftovers”? In fact we have recently had several people email and ask us this, so today we are going to delve down and take a look.

We have touched upon what to feed (or not feed) chickens in our previous blog post: why you are feeding your chickens to death, however we didn’t specifically mention table scraps within this.

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How to Feed Your Chickens

How To Feed Your Chickens

Feeding your chickens might not be something which you pay too much attention to, but did you know that seventy percent of the cost of raising chickens goes toward feed? Therefore it stands to reason that you need to pay attention to what you feed your birds.

No one chicken is the same as each breed all require slightly different mixes of nutrition, as do laying birds or meat birds.

Let’s start at the beginning and… [Read More]

The Pecking Order: What Is It and How to Avoid Problems in Your Flock

The Pecking Order What Is It and How to Avoid Problems in Your Flock

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘the pecking order’. In our minds eye, we likely see colleagues and co-workers neatly arranged in order of ‘merit’. From the CEO down to the janitor, everyone has a place in the ‘pecking order’.

The term ‘pecking order’ was first coined in 1921 by Thorleif Schjelderup-Ebbe to describe the hierarchy of flock dynamics and it came into popular usage in the 1930s.

At times the pecking order can make life… [Read More]

How Long Will My Backyard Hens Live For?

How Long Will My Backyard Hens Live For Blog Cover

The oldest chicken ever to have lived was called Matilda, and she was sixteen years old when she finally died.

Her life circumstances were not ‘average chicken’. She belonged to a pair of stage magicians who took great care of her. Also, she never laid any eggs! She had quite a luxurious life with minimal stress- she apparently enjoyed being a ‘stage chicken’, even appearing on the Jay Leno show!

Aside from exceptional birds like… [Read More]