Chicken Bullying: How to Stop Them Pecking Each Other

Chicken Bullying

Todays’ article tackles one of the least endearing qualities of our beloved hens – chicken 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 escalate into full-blown warfare, with the receiving hen being severely […]

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The A-Z of Chicken Breeds and Choosing the Perfect One

Naturally, the perfect chicken breeds mean different things to different people. My perfect chicken would not only lay the egg but scramble it and serve it in bed to me. While I enjoyed breakfast in bed, she would do housework! So, for me, the perfect chicken sadly doesn’t exist, but truthfully I think chickens are […]

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How Do I Make My Chicken Lay An Egg?

chicken laying egg

Most backyard chicken owners will agree that the single best part of keeping chickens is walking down to the coop each morning to collect eggs. How do you get chickens to lay eggs? I normally have anywhere from 8-10 fresh warm eggs waiting for me every morning, and the family loves eating them for breakfast! […]

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Chicken Feather Loss: Cause and Cure

Chicken Feather Loss Cause and Cure

It can be a frightening sight, walking out towards your chicken coop and seeing feathers scattered everywhere. My first thought is usually the worst. Has a predator broken into the coop and attacked my chickens? Luckily, I haven’t ever lost any of my chickens to a predator, and chicken feather loss is normally much less […]

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Diatomaceous Earth For Chickens: Why and How To Use Properly

Diatomaceous Earth and chickens

Diatomaceous Earth For Chickens: Why and How To Use Properly If you’re looking for natural ways to treat your flock for parasites, you may want to add to your care plan diatomaceous earth for chickens. More and more chicken owners have jumped on board with natural methods of coop care in recent years. Luckily, more […]

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47 Backyard Chicken Owners Speak Out: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Keeping Backyard Chickens”

Backyard Chicken Owners

Keeping backyard chickens for the first time can be an exciting and nerve-wracking experience. What if I forget to lock my coop at night? How do I stop predators attacking my hens? These questions ran through my mind repeatedly when I got my first backyard chickens. I would constantly be checking on my girls every […]

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Chicken Life Cycle (Learn the 4 Key Stages)

Life cycle of chickens

We all love our feathered friends, but how much do we know about their life? What happens after the egg is fertilized? What developmental stages do they go through? How long do they live? We thought we would take the time to look at the life stages of our lovable chickens and answer some of […]

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Welsummer Chicken: All You Need To Know

Welsummer Chicken: All You Need To Know

These beautiful birds are under-represented in backyard world of chickens. This is a great shame as they have many outstanding attributes for the small homesteader as we shall see. They are a fairly recent addition to chicken breeds, being ‘born’ less than one hundred years ago in the Netherlands. They are popular in the UK […]

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Cochin Chicken: Breed Profile, Care Guide and More…

Cochin Chickens Recognized Varieties, Frizzle and Egg Production Blog Cover

The big, fluffy Cochin chicken just begs to be picked up and cuddled! They have been seducing people for a long time now and aren’t about to stop anytime soon! They have been described as ‘head to toe feathers’ – an apt description for these beautifully feathered birds. People cannot pass them by without making […]

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