Chicken Molting: What Is It and How to Fix It

chicken molting

The autumn leaves are falling from the trees and feathers are falling from your chickens. Chicken molting, what is it? Shorter days and cooler temperatures trigger an automatic response in the chickens and so they molt, shedding the old and acquiring glossy new feathers. This article is a guide to what to expect, how to […]

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

Backyard Chickens and Bird Flu How to Spot It and Why It Matters Blog Cover

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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Why You’re Feeding Your Chickens To Death And How To Stop It

feeding chickens to death

We all love our chickens and want to do what’s best for them. I know I love nothing more than spoiling them with kitchen scraps and homemade treats, but did you ever stop to think you might be feeding your chickens to death? Over-feeding your girls can lead to obesity and a whole lot of […]

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Sour Crop in Chickens: What is it And How to Treat it

Sour Crop in Chickens- What is it And How to Treat it

What is a sour crop? We all hear about it from time to time but hopefully will never experience it with our hens. We will delve into what it is, how to treat it and how to avoid it in the future. Also, we’re going to look at impacted crops, which is something a bit […]

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The Pecking Order: What Is It and How to Avoid Problems in Your Flock

Pecking Order in Chickens

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘the pecking order. In our mind’s eye, we likely see colleagues and co-workers neatly arranged in order of ‘merit.’ From the CEO down to the janitor, everyone has a place in the ‘pecking order. The term ‘pecking order’ was first coined in 1921 by Thorleif Schjelderup-Ebbe to describe the hierarchy […]

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What Exactly Is a Broody Hen and How to Stop It?

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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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Is It Safe To Feed My Chickens Table Scraps?

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A common question many first time chicken keepers ask is: “can I feed my chickens table scraps/leftovers”? In fact we have recently had several people email and ask us this, so today we are going to delve down and take a look. We have touched upon what to feed (or not feed) chickens in our previous […]

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