Category Archives: Chickens

How to Sex Chickens

When I have a little brooder full of chicks, I love to know whether I have a little cockerel or pullet. It isn’t an easy task to determine the sex of chickens, in fact, I have spent many years trying … Continue reading

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Back to that shit again

(CNN) — It’s been debated for years: Are eggs good or bad for you? People who eat an added three or four eggs a week or 300 milligrams of dietary cholesterol per day, have a higher risk of both heart … Continue reading

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Top Ten Egg Laying Breeds

For many people the main incentive of raising backyard chickens is a fresh supply of eggs. I still remember walking down to my chickens’ nesting boxes for the first time and picking up those warm fresh eggs! But one thing … Continue reading

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Damn, I’ve heard of henpecked husbands before…

The tale of the fox in the chicken coop never ends well. But for one unlucky fox, it took a rather unexpected twist – when it was pecked to death by a gang of chickens. Students at an agricultural school … Continue reading

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How do chickens lay eggs?

Our ‘topic of today’ is all about how chickens make and lay those delicious ‘cackleberries’ that we all love! We usually don’t think too much about the ‘how’ of egg laying – I think it is fascinating – I hope … Continue reading

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Brown Leghorn: Egg Laying, Broodiness, and Temperament

The Brown Leghorn is a favorite of the poultry industry because she is such a hard working girl! If you have the space, some of these girls would certainly keep you in eggs very nicely – read on to find … Continue reading

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Chicken Supplies: 7 Things Every Flock Needs

Keeping chickens is relaxing and enjoyable, but before you get your fluffy little friends there are a few things you should have ready. Just as we need some furniture, carpets and other goodies to make our homes complete, so do … Continue reading

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Everything You Need To Know About Chicken Combs

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 … Continue reading

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Easter Egger: Everything You Need To Know About This Chicken

Whilst not strictly a purebred, the Easter Egger has become a backyard favorite across America. With its cute looks and vibrant personality what’s not to like? They are known as Easter Eggers because they can lay a wide variety of … Continue reading

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Golden Laced Wyandotte: Egg Laying, Broodiness and Temperament

The Golden Laced Wyandotte is possibly one of Americas most beautiful and beloved chickens and one that is hard to mistake with its stunning plumage. It is a breed that was created in the fairly recent past by poultry farmers … Continue reading

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Chicken Diseases: 5 Common Flock Problems And How To Treat Them

Today’s topic is common disease and problems found in your flock that you can usually treat at home. Some of the diseases and problems that can plague chickens are easily dealt with at home using common remedies that you likely … Continue reading

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Hot damn, I know what I want for my birfday!

We all know that Barbie has taken up farming and has a tractor and is generally a lot cooler than she was when we were growing up. Now she has taken it a step further by raising chickens. Yep, Barbie … Continue reading

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Black Star Chicken: Learn All About This Super Star Layer

The Black Star chicken is a relatively recent addition to the backyard chicken world. This breed was created to lay a huge amount of eggs to satisfy the grocery needs of the expanding population in the 1950s. However these days … Continue reading

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Poultry Waterer: Which Is Best For Your Flock?

Chicken waterers are an essential part of your equipment for flock care. You can find them in farm stores and online – but so many choices, which do you choose? We are here to help you decide which will be … Continue reading

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How to choose the perfect egg incubator

Once you get an incubator, I think you can officially be labelled 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 … Continue reading

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Chicken terms

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 … Continue reading

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The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Hatching Eggs

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 own chicks – after all, they are very fuzzy, cute and endearing. In … Continue reading

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Buckeye Chicken: Is This All American Chicken Right For Your Flock?

The Buckeye chicken comes from the Buckeye State (Ohio). Why is it called a Buckeye? The color of the bird is said to be exactly the color of buckeye tree nuts (horse chestnuts). This American treasure almost disappeared from the … Continue reading

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The Complete Guide to Chicken Feed

Chicken feed may not be something you give a great deal of thought to – you go buy a bag for your hens and that’s it. Companies that manufacture chicken feed actually give a great deal of thought, time and … Continue reading

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