20 Surprising Facts About Chickens You Didn’t Know

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For those who have kept chickens for any length of time, we like to think we know all the facts about chickens. Like what time they rise for breakfast all the way through to their favorite things to eat (for ours, it’s worms)! However, we’d bet that below we have compiled 20 surprising things even […]

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All You Need To Know About Rooster Crowing

rooster crowing

Cock-a-doodle-do, is a universally known sound that just about everyone knows. Roosters are loud and proud and like to let everyone know they are in the neighborhood! But seriously, why do they crow? There are several reasons why a rooster may crow, and we will run through those here, but maybe a rooster crows just […]

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Buff Orpington All You Need To Know: Temperament and Egg Laying

Buff Orpington

Is there another breed that more quintessentially says English barnyard hen than a Buff Orpington? People almost always picture a plump, stately, beautifully feathered hen going about her business in the barnyard as if she owns the place and is most definitely not in a hurry! As we shall see, the Orpington is a fairly […]

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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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Welsummer Chicken: All You Need To Know

Welsummer Chicken: All You Need To Know

These beautiful birds are under-represented in 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 UK […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Quail Eggs

Everything You Need to Know About Quail Eggs

Aside from the fact that quail eggs are gloriously adorable, there are quite a few other reasons to consider getting your hands on these little gems. Quail are easy birds to keep and care for, and since they are considered game birds, they can also be kept in some cities where chickens are not allowed. […]

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Leghorn Chicken: All You Need To Know

Leghorn Chicken- All You Need To Know

Do you remember Foghorn Leghorn? He was the cartoon rooster loved by thousands of kids who watched the Looney Tunes on TV. He is probably the best-known Leghorn chicken in the world! Originally these beautiful birds were called Italians, but it was changed over the years to Leghorns. This article will explain Leghorn’s history, temperament, […]

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How Do Chickens Mate? All You Need To Know

How Do Chickens Mate? All You Need To Know

Cockerels dancing and chasing the girls around the yard are a sure sign that the warmer months are here, the mating games are about to start, and baby chicks are on the horizon. Although some of the antics that go on may seem amusing to us, mating is a severe occupation for your chickens. Only the […]

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Everything You Need To Know About Chicken Combs (Varieties, Colors and More)

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The vast majority of chickens have combs, but why is that? It is a very unique and important part of the chicken as we shall learn. The first ‘combs’ were found on the dinosaur remains of the Edmontosaurus (one of the last dinosaurs on Earth). Today we are going to explore exactly why chickens have […]

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The Plymouth Rock Chicken: All You Need To Know

The Plymouth Rock Chicken- All You Need To Know

The Plymouth Rock is one of Americas’ oldest breeds. It was the hen that was seen from coast to coast before the end of World War 2 and it became the nation’s main source of chicken meat and eggs. As a dual purpose hen, it excelled in good quality meat production as well as good […]

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