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Are You Buying A Pullet or Hen? How to Tell the Difference

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With spring just around the corner, many new and experienced chicken keepers will be venturing out to purchase new chicks for the first time or add more chicks to their existing flock. Some of the most common jargons you will hear when buying new hens: is pullets, hens and point of lay. If you are […]

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How To Tell Which Hens Are Laying Eggs

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You have hens laying eggs, but minimal eggs – why is that? What’s happening? It could be environmental, nutritional, seasonal, or just a particular breed of bird. Sometimes you aren’t even sure which hens are laying – or not. Today we are going to look at how you can check to see which of your […]

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Everything You Need To Know About Araucana Chickens

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The Araucana chickens are the breed responsible for the blue egg craze, and unfortunately, many chicken enthusiasts confuse this quirky chicken with the Ameraucana and the Easter Egger. It’s understandable, however, since these three types of chickens all lay colorful eggs—mainly blue. Because of the rarity of this breed, the Araucana is hard to come […]

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The Easiest Way to Catch a Chicken

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Catch a chicken, sounds simple, doesn’t it? IT WAS SIMPLE when I first started with chickens and had a handful of ladies. They all knew and trusted me – so I could easily scoop them up and do whatever was needed. When I was done, I would plop them down and give them a treat […]

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The Dorking Chicken: Everything You Need to Know

Looking for a breed that will bring meat, eggs, and companionship to your family? You’ve found it! The Dorking chicken is a special chicken with a rich history that is, unfortunately, currently considered endangered. Dorkings is one of the oldest known chicken breeds, possibly dating to 43 AD.  So, if the Dorking has been around […]

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What Is Chicken Wire: When to Use It for Your DIY Chicken Coop and Alternatives

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Chicken wire was actually invented back in 1844 by an English ironmonger called Charles Barnard. He lived in the town of Norwich which was a cloth weaving town. He took the basic principles from the cloth loom and applied it to wire and created a simple, cheap and easy way to keep small animals and […]

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The Best Egg Incubator: How To Choose (And Use It Properly) [Updated]

Egg-Incubator

Once you get an egg incubator, I think you can officially be labeled a ‘chicken addict’! I always said I would never get an incubator – now I have two. The fun of hatching your own chicken eggs is like having Christmas every day. There are lots of different types of incubators out there, ranging […]

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Automatic Chicken Coop Door: What to Know Before Buying

happydoor Automatic coop door

An automated door – every chicken keeper’s dream! You can rest in bed and not have to worry about getting up at the crack of dawn to let the girls out. You can go away for the evening, knowing they will be safely locked in while you are away. In addition to a stress-free life, […]

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Backyard Chickens and Bird Flu

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In recent days, the U.S. Department of Agriculture had identified instances of deadly bird flu in U.S. flocks, putting the poultry industry on high alert. At the same time, an outbreak was also confirmed in a backyard flock of birds in Fauquier County, Va. In December of 2014, the bird flu (also known as Avian […]

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Keep Hens Laying Eggs Through The Winter

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When Fall arrives, molting is not far behind. Broody hens have probably already molted. Those that have finished molting are now sporting bright, tight new feathers, red combs, and wattles, but no eggs. The number of eggs that chickens lay is hugely affected by the season and the number of daylight hours. In today’s article, […]

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