What’s the Perfect Ratio of Hens to Roosters?

What’s the Perfect Ratio of Hens to Roosters Blog Cover

We often get asked how many roosters should be kept with a flock of hens. Although this question is a moot point for folks who cannot keep roosters because of city or byelaws, it is a valid question for those who want to keep a few roosters for breeding or ‘just because’. Roosters can be […]

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Best Time of Year to Raise Chicks: Spring or Winter?

Best Time of Year to Raise Chicks Spring or Winter Blog Cover

Beginner chicken keepers often ask this question, probably because spring is the most active and usual time for rearing and raising chicks. However, there really is no good reason why you can’t raise chicks year round – after all, many hatcheries have chicks available year round. As long as you have everything you need for […]

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The Basics of Raising Healthy Hens

The Basics of Raising Healthy Hens

For those of you who don’t yet raise chickens, the life of a backyard chicken keeper can seem like a strange and confusing world. It doesn’t need to be though! In this article we talk you through exactly what hens need to be healthy and good egg layers. Many folks spoil their chickens in many […]

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Seven of the Biggest Chicken Myths

Seven of the Biggest Chicken Myths Blog Cover

Sometimes old wives tales linger on long enough to become folk legends that people still believe in to this day. As people become more and more disconnected from their food source, the ‘legends’  continue and can even expand. Over the years I’ve heard many myths about chickens, some entertaining, but others just outright lies! We […]

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5 Beginner Hens That Lay Lots of Eggs

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So you have decided you want hens. You have been leafing through catalogs, trawling the internet and buying magazines that feature chickens and visiting farm stores almost daily- it has become an obsession! But the big question remains… which breed to choose? There are so many different breeds out there. There are chickens that are […]

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The Miracle of Chickens’ Feathers

The Miracle of Chickens Feathers Blog Cover

All birds are covered to a greater or lesser extent with feathers. We really don’t think about the amazing ability of this simple structure too much. The very first birds, Archaeopteryx, were huge terrifying beasts. They are one of the first known appearances of the feather, enabling this dinosaur to fly! Several others dinosaurs also […]

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Top 10 Must Read Backyard Chicken Articles of 2015

Must Read Backyard Chicken Articles of 2015 Blog Cover

I’m sure you’ll agree 2015 has been a fantastic year for backyard chicken keepers! This year we’ve made our own mealworm farm, ran the annual backyard chickens blog award, and even interviewed 43 backyard chicken keepers– it’s been a very hectic year! We thought it would be a great idea to make our last blog […]

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Preparing For The Arrival Of Your New Chicks

Preparing For The Arrival Of Your Baby Chicks

You have chosen your breeds, placed your order and are waiting for the arrival of your new chickens. Now what? Well, instead of sitting and waiting, you should make sure you have everything you need and that it works well in advance of the arrival of your chicks! There are a few things specific to […]

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