Bringing Chickens Home For The First Time

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So you’ve worked out how much room your chickens need, designed your chicken coop and your chickens, chicks, or pullets are on the way. We can still remember the excitement of waiting for the delivery of our new chickens- our first question was: I wonder how long it will be until they lay their first […]

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What’s the Perfect Ratio of Hens to Roosters?

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

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Cream Legbar Chicken: Is This Blue Egg Wonder The Chicken For You?

The Cream Legbar has become a firm favorite here in the US at least, in part for its’ blue eggs. It is a fascinating study in genetics as few breeds have had their origins so well mapped. As you may imagine, the breed was not created overnight, in fact, it took several decades of study, […]

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How to Build a Chicken Coop (The Complete Step by Step Guide)

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Calling all flock keepers and backyard chicken enthusiasts, prepare for your next DIY adventure…Build a Chicken Coop! Once you have decided you want to raise chickens, you will have many questions: How can I build a chicken coop? Where do I purchase/find hens? How do I feed and raise my hens? A chicken coop is […]

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The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Hatching Eggs

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That time of year is almost upon us again – hatching season! Many of us get the hatching bug and long to hatch out some of our chicks – after all. They are very fuzzy, cute, and endearing. In our guide below, we cover everything you need to know about hatching eggs; from setting up […]

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The Simple Way to Tell How Old Your Chickens Are

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Most people know the approximate age of their birds when they first get them. But how do you know their age if you are given some birds or rescue some? Knowing the age of your chickens is crucial. Without it, it isn’t easy to know their egg-laying ability, what to feed them and what their […]

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The Cornish Chicken Breed Profile – All You Need To Know

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If you’re confused about the Cornish Chicken and the Cornish Cross, you aren’t alone. Even for a chicken fanatic, digging up the correct information on these two varieties of chickens can take time. So, let’s sort that out right off the bat—the Cornish chicken is not the same as the Cornish Cross broiler. The Cornish […]

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The Sapphire Gem Chicken: The Complete Info Guide

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Also known as the Sapphire Blue Plymouth Rock or Blue Plymouth Rock, the Sapphire Gem is all the rage for novelty and specialty chicken fanciers. Scouring the internet for information on this rare variety will most likely lead you down a dead-end road or to the local jewelers’ websites. There is conflicting information on this […]

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The Miracle of Chickens’ Feathers

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All birds are covered to a greater or lesser extent with feathers. We really don’t think about the amazing ability of chicken feathers and their use. 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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Hen Vs Chicken: Do You Know The Difference?

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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 […]

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