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How Do Chickens Mate? All You Need To Know

How Do Chickens Mate? All You Need To Know

Cockerels dancing and chasing the girls around the yard are a sure sign that the warmer months are here. When the chickens mate, the games begin. Baby chicks are on the horizon. Although some of the antics that go on may seem amusing to us, mating is a severe occupation for your chickens. Only the strong […]

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How Much Room Do Chickens Need?

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Before we ever entertained the idea of keeping chickens in our garden, we were long under the impression that you need lots of lands to keep chickens- ideally, at least an acre of grass. Fortunately, this isn’t the case (unless you are planning on keeping thousands of them!), and you’d be surprised by the actual […]

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How Long Do Eggs Last Before Going Bad?

Often when I’m handing over a dozen eggs to a new egg customer, they ask me how long my eggs can be stored before they ‘go bad’.  This opens up a rabbit hole of other questions and bits of information people are likely not to know about with respect to storing, washing, keeping, and eating […]

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What Do Baby Chicks Eat?

What do baby chicks eat? Well, when one of my free-range hens disappeared from the flock one spring day, I thought the worst. I figured a predator had taken her and she was lost forever. This was a hen that I had saved from predator attacks before, and she was not a spring chicken anymore. […]

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How Do Chickens Lay Eggs?

Our ‘topic of today’ is all about how chickens make and lay those delicious ‘cackleberries’ that we all love! We usually don’t think too much about the ‘how’ of egg laying – I think it is fascinating – I hope you will agree. It is a long and fairly complex process which can occasionally be […]

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How Long Do Hard Boiled Eggs Last: The Complete Guide

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Keeping eggs fresh has always been a challenge. Less than 100 years ago refrigeration was a luxury for the rich, so keeping eggs fresh relied on ingenuity and the staples of the house. In this article we are going to be talking mainly about hard boiled eggs; how to, storage, nutrition. This is all you […]

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How Long Do Chickens Lay Eggs For?

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We’re often asked here at The Happy Chicken Coop: “how long will my hen lay eggs for”? Like so many ‘simple’ questions there is no straightforward answer, there are many variables – within each breed and each individual hen. A bit like people, no two hens are the same… However with that said, we have […]

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How Much Do Chickens Cost?

Sounds like a simple question right? However, there are many costs to ‘having a chicken’, so today we are going to meander through the cost of the birds and their associated needs. Roughly speaking your costs can be divided up into the chickens, feed, housing and maintenance or fixed costs. Without a doubt the most […]

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Do I Need a Rooster for Hens to Lay Eggs?

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I am always surprised when I’m asked this question. I suppose it’s a logical question for those not too familiar with poultry. Do I need a Rooster for hens to lay eggs? A rooster does serve a couple of useful purposes to the flock which can be a good thing for the hens and keeper […]

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How To Do A Chicken Health Check (Checklist Included)

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Performing regular health checks for your birds can prevent minor problems from becoming major headaches. You probably already take mental notes of what’s going on with your flock on a daily basis. This article is to give you a few pointers on what you are looking for and how to deal with some of the […]

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