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What Ducks Eat: Everything You Need To Know

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A slightly different focus today – ducks! More specifically, what should ducks eat, how you should feed them, what treats can you give them, and much more. As a small child, I can remember going to the riverside with my Mum to feed the ducks. Those ducks used to make me laugh with their antics […]

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Orpington All You Need To Know: Personality and Egg Color

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The Orpington has become a well-loved favorite among the chicken crowd – deservedly so. She not only lays lots of beautiful eggs but is generally a laid-back, quintessential backyard hen. This breed was created in England turning the last part of the 1800s’ by a man who had a slightly different vision of chickens than […]

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Chicken Scratch: What You Need To Know Before Feeding

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Have you fed your chickens some chicken scratch before? They love it. They will come running when you shake that bag – but should they have it? Is it good for them? Do they need it? We love to give our hens treats, but we need to remember that they need a properly balanced diet. […]

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Bresse Chicken Breed: All You Need To Know

If you think your chickens are kind of a big deal, you may not know about the Bresse chicken. Okay yes, your chickens are a big deal, but if you’ve heard of the Brahma as the King of Chickens, then you should take the time to learn about the Queen. Before you get too excited […]

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All You Need To Know About Coryza in Chickens

All You Need To Know About Coryza in Chickens

Today we are going to focus on Infectious coryza– a fairly common respiratory disease in chickens. It’s also known as ‘roup’, catarrh, ‘pip’ or IC. We are going to explain what it is, how the chickens get infected, the problems it causes, the treatment for infected birds, and finally, how to help prevent your flock […]

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Keeping Guinea Fowl with Chickens: 9 Things You Must Know

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It’s becoming more and more common to raise Guinea fowl with chickens. So we have put together some helpful information for you regarding these birds and what sort of room-mates they make for your chickens. It’s important to know that Guinea fowl and chickens are vastly different in their lifestyle and habits. This may sound […]

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Chicken Wormers: All You Need To Know

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Chickens, like most mammals and birds, are prone to worms. This article is all about chicken wormers. Some of these little beasties can cause all sorts of problems for your chickens. We are going to give you a ‘worm primer’; what they are, what they do, and how to treat them, before explaining how to […]

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Dominique Chicken: What to Know Before Getting One

Dominique chicken

The Dominique is said to be America’s oldest chicken breed. It was brought to the United States by settlers and helped them to survive the brutal first years of colonization. They were used as a dual purpose hen and even their feathers were used to stuff pillows, truly a multi-purpose hen. Unlike our present-day hens, […]

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Welsummer Chicken: All You Need To Know

Welsummer Chicken: All You Need To Know

These beautiful birds are under-represented in the backyard world of chickens. This is a great shame as they have many outstanding attributes for the small homesteader as we shall see. They are a fairly recent addition to chicken breeds, being ‘born’ less than one hundred years ago in the Netherlands. They are popular in the […]

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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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