The Minorca Chicken: Egg Laying, Broodiness, and Temperament

minorca chicken

Initially, from Spain, the Minorca chicken made her way to the US and into the hearts of backyard poultry enthusiasts, and with good reason: Who needs to wait for double-yolks when you have a Minorca?  This beautiful chicken lays some of the largest eggs out of all the standard breeds. So if you are looking […]

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Speckled Sussex: Egg Production, Temperament and More…

speckled sussex

The Speckled Sussex is an old-time favorite in its homeland of England. It has endured over the centuries to become a firm favorite with a dedicated following. Although other varieties of Sussex fowl were in danger of dying out in the early 1900s, a few die-hard poultry keepers kept the lines going, greatly improving on […]

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Salmon Faverolle All You Need To Know: Personality and Egg Color

Salmon Faverolles are the barnyard comedians. They are enthusiastic about everything they do, curious to the point of nosiness, and quite talkative! They will always run to you when they see you coming hoping for treats, but even without treats, they seem genuinely happy to see you. This chicken breed is just about perfect for […]

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Polish Chickens: Temperament, Color and Egg Laying

polish chickens

Are you ready to meet with a fun, friendly, quirky chicken with personality and good looks? Well, wait, no more here they are! The Polish chicken has a long history, with much of it lost in the mists of time. It has become beloved by ‘chickenistas’ worldwide. There really isn’t another bird that comes close […]

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Bantam Chickens: Breeds, Egg Laying, Size and Care Guide

Bantam Chickens- Breeds, Egg Laying, Size and Care Guide

Bantam Chickens are most suitable for small backyards where space is premium. You can easily fit two bantams into the space required by one standard bird, and since they like to fly, building up will accommodate them well. They may be small, but they are bursting with personality and happiness – of course, I may […]

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Egg Bound Chicken: All You Need To Know

Egg Bound Chicken- All You Need To Know

Egg binding is a serious problem and can lead to the death of the hen. Many times though, with proper intervention and care, hens can go on to live a good, long life giving you lots of nutritious eggs! An egg-bound chicken has unique symptoms which you can easily spot if you know what to […]

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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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Buff Orpington All You Need To Know: Temperament and Egg Laying

Buff Orpington

Is there another breed that more quintessentially says English barnyard hen than a Buff Orpington? People almost always picture a plump, stately, beautifully feathered hen going about her business in the barnyard as if she owns the place and is most definitely not in a hurry! As we shall see, the Orpington is a fairly […]

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Lavender Orpington: Breed Information, Care Guide, Egg Color and More

Our recent article on the Buff Orpington was well received and prompted folks to ask about Lavender Orpingtons – it seems that Lavender is the ‘in’ color at the moment! Orpingtons come in a large variety of colors and patterns. These past couple of years have seen a steady rise in interest for Lavender and […]

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Cochin Chicken: Breed Profile, Care Guide and More…

Cochin Breed

The big, fluffy Cochin chicken 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 remarking on […]

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