The Sapphire Gem Chicken: The Complete Info Guide

sapphire-gem-chicken

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

miracle of feathers

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?

chicken and hen

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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The Minorca Chicken: Egg Laying, Broodiness, and Temperament

minorca chicken

Initially, from Spain, the Minorca chicken made her way to the US and into the hearts of backyard poultry enthusiasts, and with good reason: Who needs to wait for double-yolks when you have a Minorca?  This beautiful chicken lays some of the largest eggs out of all the standard breeds. So if you are looking […]

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Chicken Life Cycle (Learn the 4 Key Stages)

Life cycle of chickens

We all love our feathered friends, but how much do we know about their life? What happens after the egg is fertilized? What developmental stages do they go through? The chicken life cycle is explained here. How long do they live? We thought we would take the time to look at the life stages of […]

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The Definitive Guide to Chicken Tractors and 13 Free DIY Plans

The Definitive Guide to Chicken Tractors and 13 Free DIY Plans

What exactly is a chicken tractor? Simply put, it is a mobile home, much like a caravan, or trailer, which contains everything your chicken needs in her house. It is a portable chicken coop. It will contain food, water, a roosting perch, a nesting box, and a nice place for free-range. In this definitive guide, […]

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5 Best Quail Cages That Make Raising Quail Easy

Quail Cage

If you’ve decided to raise your quail in quail cages or pens, there are an overwhelming number of options available to you. Quail are relatively easy to care for and not very picky; however, there are a few things that every quail cage needs, so as you are shopping and planning, check to make sure […]

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What Do Quails Eat? The Ultimate Quail Feed Guide

quails eat

Despite the quail’s fragile appearance and reputation, they are quite hardy creatures that are relatively easy to feed. They are picky eaters, but once you understand what quails eat and what they need, it all makes sense.   If you raise other types of barnyard birds, different factors should be considered when raising quails. Factors like […]

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Top 10 Chicken Breeds That Lay The Largest Eggs

Top 10 Chicken Breeds That Lay The Largest Eggs

Believe it or not, chicken eggs are quite scientifically classified…and most people will be surprised to know that it’s not so much size that denotes Pee-wee’s classifications through Jumbo, but weight. So what are the chicken breeds that lay large eggs? Weight is pretty much down to the ounce—six ounces set apart small from large […]

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The A-Z of Chicken Breeds and Choosing the Perfect One

Naturally, the perfect chicken breeds mean different things to different people. My perfect chicken would not only lay the egg but scramble it and serve it in bed to me. While I enjoyed breakfast in bed, she would do housework! So, for me, the perfect chicken sadly doesn’t exist, but truthfully I think chickens are […]

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