Bringing Chickens Home For The First Time

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So you’ve worked out how much room your chickens need, designed your chicken coop and your chickens, chicks, or pullets are on the way. We can still remember the excitement of waiting for the delivery of our new chickens- our first question was: I wonder how long it will be until they lay their first […]

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Wyandotte Chickens: Are They Right For Your Flock?

Wyandotte

The Wyandotte is one of Americas’ favorite hens. Created in the North-Eastern US it is a firm favorite of many homesteaders for its reliability in producing eggs and meat. It has the distinction of being the first American breed specifically bred to be dual purpose. It is a beautifully marked heritage bird. Sadly, it fell […]

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7 Reasons Why You Should Not Get Chickens

Many people get chickens thinking they are cute, easy to look after, and do not require a great deal of maintenance. After all, how much upkeep can a chicken require? Unfortunately, this rosy outlook puts a lot of chickens into shelters, on the streets, or killed because they did not meet the owners’ expectations. If […]

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Chapter Five: Chickens Molting During Winter

Chapter Five All You Need To Know About Chickens Molting

In the fifth chapter of The Definitive Guide To Keeping Chickens In Winter, we look at chickens molting in winter. So, you opened up the hen house in the morning and thought it was a crime scene from CSI. Feathers strewn around the floor in heaps…you think the worst! A predator killed the girls, but no, […]

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Chicken Swing: Which One to Buy and How to Train Your Chickens

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We are all guilty of buying toys for our hens – we just love to spoil them rotten! That’s ok, they deserve it after working hard laying those eggs and raising chicks. One ‘toy’ that has been popular for a while now is the chicken swing – wait, what? A chicken swing? Yes, you heard […]

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How to Train Chickens to Return to Their Coop

Any chicken owner has at one time, or another, found themselves chasing their chickens around the yard at the end of the day because, well, we just want to go to bed already.  It’s incredible how pokey chickens are at the end of the day, and if you don’t have the luxury of an automatic […]

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Coccidiosis in Chickens – How To Identify And Treat

Coccidiosis In Chickens

If your chickens start acting ill, your mind might start racing with all the things that could be going wrong.  Coccidiosis is a prevalent killer in chickens, and it’s pretty easy to identify and treat if you know how to catch it quickly.  Read on to learn everything you need to know about coccidiosis in […]

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Backyard Chickens and Bird Flu: How to Spot It and Why It Matters

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In December 2014, they confirmed that bird flu (also known as Avian Influenza or HPAI H5) has spread to the US for the first time since 2004. Since December, more than 40 million turkeys and chickens have been killed due to the virus. This is a worrying time for many backyard chicken keepers, with many […]

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The Simple Way to Tell How Old Your Chickens Are

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Most people know the approximate age of their birds when they first get them. But how do you know their age if you are given some birds or rescue some? Knowing the age of your chickens is crucial. Without it, it isn’t easy to know their egg-laying ability, what to feed them and what their […]

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7 Natural Ways to Boost Your Chicken’s Immune System

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During the winter months, we all suffer from the winter blahs to some degree. Chickens, too, can get ‘low.’ After all, there is little fresh green food available, limited exercise, and short daylight. So what can you do to help boost your chicken’s immune system and get them feeling ‘peppy’ for the spring season ahead? […]

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