I have to smile at this article about the broody hen. Since I currently have two hens determined to be broody! Fortunately for us Northern chicken keepers, broodiness is pretty much confined to the summer months. Broody hens can mean trouble for your flock and egg supply! To make matters worse, broodiness can often spread […]
Guinea Hen: What is a Guinea Fowl, Eggs, and All You Need To Know (Complete Care Guide)
Guinea hen’s popularity seems to be on the rise. They go by several names, but the most common are Guinea Fowl and Pet Speckled Hen. These peculiar-looking birds are quite the talk of the town wherever they are seen. Guinea chickens are a strange-looking bird to be sure, once seen, never forgotten. They are dramatically […]
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Are You Buying A Pullet or Hen? How to Tell the Difference
With spring just around the corner, many new and experienced chicken keepers will be venturing out to purchase new chicks for the first time or add more chicks to their existing flock. Some of the most common jargons you will hear when buying new hens: is pullets, hens and point of lay. If you are […]
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Swedish Flower Hen: Complete Breed Profile
A hen with such a pretty-sounding name has to be unique – and the Swedish Flower Hens (Skånsk Blommehöna) is certainly that. The name translates as ‘Skane Bloom-hen’; very appropriate since the feathers remind you of flowers. It was relatively unknown outside of its’ native land of Sweden until 2010, when a few were imported […]
How To Hatch Eggs With A Broody Hen
As springtime rolls around again, we will all doubtless see articles on how to break a broody hen, but why should you need to? A hen is the ultimate top choice in the incubation and rearing of chicks, so why do many people choose to not have broody hens around? The motherhood instinct is triggered […]
Hen Eating Their Own Eggs. How Do I Stop Them?
Hen eating their own eggs can be a huge problem once it takes hold. It’s a behavior that needs to be stopped quickly as other hens may decide to join in and that is a difficult thing to stop. This is one of the last problems you want as a chicken keeper because many of […]
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How To Tell A Rooster From A Hen (Is it a Boy or a Girl?)
So, how do you determine the sex of those just-hatched fluff balls in your incubator? And how do you tell a rooster from a hen? Sexing a chick can be easy (sex link chicks), or it can be a mysterious art form that takes years to perfect (vent sexing). This article will give you some […]
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Hen Vs Chicken: Do You Know The Difference?
For those of us who love our chickens and their endearing little ways, the difference between a chicken and hen might seem like a ‘no-brainer. But, if you have never raised chickens, then it’s a fair question. It’s one of those questions that we chicken folk doesn’t even think about – but what actually are […]
What Exactly Is a Broody Hen and How to Stop It?
Your hen is squawking whenever you approach her, and she won’t leave her nesting box. What’s wrong, is she ill? Far from it, and chances are she is just a broody and wants chicks. If you aren’t planning on having chicks, this can be problematic because the hen in question will stop laying eggs. Whatever […]
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How to Sex Chickens: 5 Methods To Determine Hen Or Rooster
When I have a little brooder full of chicks, I love to know whether I have a little cockerel or pullet. It isn’t an easy task to determine the sex of chickens. In fact, I have spent many years trying to find the best way to determine who is who in my young flocks. It […]
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