Category Archives: Chickens

How could I have missed this story???

A Wisconsin man was pulled over by police after reports of erratic driving. Responding officers found empty beer cans in his vehicle and a chicken that had been riding on his shoulder. MORE –Ed ***** Chickens and drunks, man. That’s … Continue reading

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The Largest Chicken Breed

Maybe you are just curious, or maybe you have in mind a nice, big chicken dinner or large eggs, either way knowing you have likely wondered at least once what the largest breed of chickens is. The answer is easy: … Continue reading

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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 the classifications of Pee-wee through Jumbo, but weight. Weight, that is, pretty much down … Continue reading

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Grit and Oyster Shell: Do Your Chickens Need Them?

Unfortunately a lot of people think that grit and oyster shell are the same thing. They are not. Your hens require both oyster shell and grit. Without it, serious health issues can arise, such as Sour Crop and Brittle Bones. … Continue reading

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Top 11 ways to accidentally kill your chickens

Over recent years, many people have taken the plunge and decide to keep chickens. Unfortunately, some people have done so without doing even basic research into the care and upkeep of their flock. Subsequently, some birds languish or die simply … Continue reading

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Treats That Will Make Your Hens Lay More Eggs

Healthy, happy hens lay more eggs. Has it been proven scientifically? I don’t know, but from my experience a healthy hen will produce more eggs than an unhealthy, miserable chicken. Obviously, we can’t speed up the ‘egg clock’, but by … Continue reading

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7 Reasons Why You Should Not Get Chickens

Many people get chickens thinking they are cute, easy to look after and do not require a great deal of maintenance. After all, how much upkeep can a chicken require? Unfortunately, this rosy outlook puts a lot of chickens into … Continue reading

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The Miracles of Chickens’ Feathers

All birds are covered to a greater or lesser extent with feathers. We really don’t think about the amazing ability of this simple structure too much. The very first birds, Archaeopteryx, were huge terrifying beasts. They are one of the … Continue reading

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Top Winter Predators: How To Keep Your Flock Safe

Winter can be a very difficult time for everyone- especially wild animals. It is a time when food is scarce and the weather is bitterly cold, making finding food difficult and dangerous. Unfortunately, not many predators sleep through the winter … Continue reading

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Biosecurity and Keeping Rodent Activity At A Minimum

Exactly what is biosecurity? It’s one of those words that gets’ thrown around a lot these days, but many people are still unsure exactly what it means. Biosecurity is a set of preventative measures put into place to prevent transmission … Continue reading

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Chickens Molting During Winter

In the fifth chapter of The Definitive Guide To Keeping Chickens In Winter, we look at molting. So, you opened up the hen house in the morning and thought it was a crime scene from CSI. Feathers strewn around the … Continue reading

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Providing Your Chickens With Water During Winter

During the winter periods your hens don’t need as much water as they do in the summer; however it’s still vitally important that they get an adequate supply. On average their water intake will decrease by around 3 times during … Continue reading

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How To Keep Chickens Laying Eggs During Winter

One of the biggest problems backyard chicken owners face during the winter months is keeping their egg supply going. If you’ve kept chickens during the winter months before, you will know that unfortunately, if you let nature take its course, … Continue reading

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How cold is too cold for my chickens?

Here in the North Eastern States, we will be seeing the snow flying soon. By all accounts this year is going to be bad, so we need to prepare ourselves and our flocks for the long months ahead. Many beginner … Continue reading

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7 Chicken Breeds That Do Well in Cold Climates

The winter weather here in upstate New York during the winter can be brutal, and certain breeds of chicken just don’t survive here. It’s crucial that when you’re considering which breed of chicken to get, you take into account your … Continue reading

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More chicken shit – 10 facts

Chickens are fascinating – the more scientists look into these birds, the more interesting and complex they seem. For example, would it ever occur to you that the color of chicken eggs sometimes coincides with the color of their earlobes? … Continue reading

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Preparing Your Chickens For Winter

Chickens do a pretty good job taking care of themselves, but when it comes to the cold winter months, they’ll need a little extra TLC. We would like to take you through the essentials of keeping chickens in the winter, … Continue reading

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Free Range Love or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Coq.

As y’all probably know, mrs_horseman and I have been producing most if not all of the protein for our family at our little farm for twenty years, and blogging about it on ZeroHedge for ten. Time does fly when you … Continue reading

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7 Reasons Why Your Chickens Stopped Laying Eggs

It’s always a cause for concern when your chickens stop laying. In fact, noticing this can help you identify if your chickens are ill. That’s why we always keep track of the amount of eggs our chickens lay- this way … Continue reading

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