Category Archives: Chickens

Calm down, Luis – it’s not what you think

Chicken drinking nipples are a fairly recent innovation in the backyard poultry world although the commercial industry has been using them for several years. In fact, regular drinkers have not been used in the commercial poultry field for years. One … Continue reading

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Chicken Wormers: All You Need To Know

Chickens, like most mammals and birds, are prone to worms. Some of these little beasties can cause all sorts of problems for your chickens. We are going to give you a ‘worm primer’; what they are, what they do and … Continue reading

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All You Need To Know About Rooster Crowing

Cock-a-doodle-do, it 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 … Continue reading

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Curing the impacted crop

Last Thursday the weather had been really nice and the gang was out in the yard for a long time (as per Friday’s morning post). Later in the afternoon, Betty was quiet and just stood without eating anything else for … Continue reading

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Feeding 600 chickens

-JM

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Oh yeah they do

If I mow my grass when it’s damp I’ll have a huge clump of compressed grass fall out from under the deck, and I’ll snatch it up and feed it to my birds. They’ll knock that shit out within an … Continue reading

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How Long Do Chickens Live: 6 Factors That Impact Life Expectancy

We all love our chickens, but how long do they live? The answer to the question can depend on so many things. Nowadays, hens have become productive pets for thousands of people and we want the best for them, so … Continue reading

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Swedish Flower Hen: Complete Breed Profile

A hen with such a pretty sounding name has to be special – and the Swedish Flower Hens (Skånsk Blommehöna) is certainly that. The name translates as ‘Skane Bloom-hen’; very appropriate since the feathers remind you of flowers. It was … Continue reading

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Belgian D’Uccle: Mille Fleur Variety, Egg Laying and More

Chickens don’t come any cuter than Belgian D’Uccles – but I am biased of course! If there were only one breed I could keep, they would be it. Also known as Barbu D’Uccles, these pint-sized birds have personality by the … Continue reading

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Baby Chicks: The Definitive Care Guide

Raising chicks is fun, educational and is one of the most rewarding things you will do! Chicks are cute and endearing, but they do have some special needs and we hope to guide you through the process of raising a … Continue reading

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What the…???

Over the last several years, society has seen a dramatic shift in how people view their food, and in turn, farm animals. There is a major push for humanely raised animals, cage-free eggs, and the like. This movement has hatched … Continue reading

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Chicken Wire: All You Need To Know

Chicken wire was actually invented back in 1844 by an English ironmonger called Charles Barnard. He lived in Norwich which was a cloth weaving town. He took the basic principles from the cloth loom and applied it to wire and … Continue reading

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NO! IT’S NOT THE CHICKENS!!!

Live poultry in backyard flocks are linked to several multistate outbreaks of salmonella infections that have now sickened 212 people in 44 states, federal health officials warned Monday. The most recent illnesses began on June 21, with 88 of the … Continue reading

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Must be Hawaii

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Whoa, another chicken post?

Barnevelders or ‘Barnies’ as they are affectionately known, are relative newcomers to the world of chickens. That hasn’t held them back though, they have a firm following and rightly so. They are a low maintenance hen with a fun personality … 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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It’s your lucky day – TWO chicken posts!

The Sebright chicken is a small but dynamic bird. It enjoys an almost ‘cult’ following of dedicated breeders and keepers. This pint-sized bird is beautiful to look at and can easily fit in the palm of your hand! It is … Continue reading

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Chicken Noises: How to Understand What They Mean

Did you know that chickens can produce over 24 distinct sounds/calls? If you answered yes – you are right, but do you know what each of them mean? Research has shown us that they talk about a lot of things … Continue reading

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Fucking Bay Area People, I swear…..

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Chicken coops for sale – what to know before buying

Whilst some folks prefer to build their own chicken coop, many folks shy away from DIY projects, preferring to buy a ready-made coop for their chickens. Buying a readymade chicken coop can be a quick and easy solution. We have … Continue reading

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