Category Archives: Chickens

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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The Ultimate Chicken Feed Guide

Welcome to The Ultimate Chicken Feed Guide. If you are new to chickens or looking to get back into the wonderful world of backyard chicken keeping, you’ve come to the right place. This guide covers everything you need to know … Continue reading

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All About Chicken Dust Baths

Chickens do some crazy things– that’s why we love them, right? But what-in-the-world are they doing when they are flopping around in the dirt, acting like a wounded animal? If you’ve witnessed your chickens taking a dust bath, you may … Continue reading

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Washing Eggs – The Why And How

There is an age-old debate surrounding the idea of washing fresh eggs, and there are really two ways of looking at it. To understand why there are so many questions surrounding the great-egg-washing debacle, we need to go over the … Continue reading

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How to train your chickens to return to their coop

Any chicken owner has at one time, or another, found themselves chasing their chickens around the yard at the end of the day because, well, we just want to go to bed already. It’s incredible how pokey chickens are at … Continue reading

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Understanding Your Chickens’ Poop

It can be alarming if your chickens poop out a blob that looks a tad bit unfamiliar, or different than what you are used to seeing. But, the truth is, chicken’s poop will differ depending on what they eat, where … Continue reading

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The Difference Between Cage-Free Eggs vs Free-Range Eggs

Humans have a long-standing love affair with eggs. It makes sense, actually, because eggs are not only rich in flavor, but also full of nearly every nutrient our body needs–and craves. Besides the fact that eggs are rich in nutrients, … Continue reading

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The 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-yolkers when you have a Minorca? This beautiful chicken lays some … 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 to … Continue reading

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Cannibalism in the United States

I’ve got the lid to a KFC bucket tacked to the inside of my hen house to ‘encourage’ my birds to lay.

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Hoping for chocolate eggs?

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Shit, I almost forgot my Friday chicken post

When it comes to feeding your flock, just as feeding yourself, it’s important to know good quality food from poor quality food. Additionally, it is just as or even more important to know HOW to feed them. Although the ingredients … Continue reading

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Gotta be a Great Pyrenees

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The Cornish Chicken Breed Profile

If you’re confused about the Cornish and the Cornish Cross, you aren’t alone. Even for a chicken fanatic, it can take a time to dig up the correct information on these two varieties of chickens. So, let’s sort that out … Continue reading

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The Red Star Chicken

The Red Star is the superstar of the egg-production industry. This chicken is hands-down the rockstar, and it’s no wonder it has such a striking name to go along with there abilities. The Red Star is not an actual breed, … Continue reading

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The Sapphire Gem Chicken: The Complete Info Guide

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 … Continue reading

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