About the Author

Lisa Steele

Lisa Steele is a 5th-generation chicken keeper and Maine Master Gardener. She’s the founder of Fresh Eggs Daily, the popular natural chicken keeping site, and the author of several books including Fresh Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens Naturally and 101 Chicken Keeping Hacks. From her small farm in Maine, she inspires her readers with her easy, fun and accessible approach to integrating gardening and backyard chickens for a more productive flock and more bountiful harvest. Visit her blog at www.fresheggsdaily.com and on Instagram @fresheggsdaily
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Articles by Lisa Steele

7 Reasons to Hang Chicken Nesting Box Curtains
June 8, 2021 · · Coops

Add to Favorites Nesting box curtains have been around for a very long time. Farmers would hang burlap or feed bags over the front of their hens’ boxes; present-day backyard …

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Homemade Electrolytes to Combat Heat Exhaustion In Chickens
June 7, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Heat exhaustion, heat stroke or even death is a very real danger to chickens when temperatures rise. They don’t sweat like humans do, and are somewhat limited in their ability to cool down.

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What Do Ducks Eat?
April 14, 2021 · · Feed & Health

The number one question I always get from backyard chicken keepers thinking about adding some domestic duck breeds to their flock is “What do ducks eat?” Fortunately, ducks can do quite well on chicken feed, although there is waterfowl feed available commercially for those who raise only ducks; or ducks and geese together.

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Breakfast of Champion Poultry Layers
March 15, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Good-quality layer feed is all your chickens really need to eat, but by adding a few supplements to their feed you can provide your flock a healthy boost to …

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A Guide to Common Duck Diseases
March 5, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Domestic duck breeds are generally extremely hardy and don’t often get sick as long as they are fed a healthy diet, given plenty of room to exercise …

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A Guide to Different Colored Chicken Eggs
February 25, 2021 · · Eggs & Meat

Imagine the excitement of peering into your nesting boxes and finding a rainbow of different colored eggs every day. There are more than 60 breeds of chickens recognized by the American Poultry Association and hundreds of other chicken breeds that have been developed worldwide.

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Alternatives to Culling Chickens
January 15, 2021 · · Feed & Health

My oldest chicken is eight years old. She still manages to pop out a handful of eggs a year, but they’re usually wrinkled and a bit misshapen with thin shells. She certainly isn’t winning any awards for egg production and we can’t rely on her for breakfast any longer!

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Six Winter Keeping Tips for Backyard Chickens
November 18, 2020 · · Coops

Many people ask: Do chickens need heat in winter? The answer is backyard chickens are far more cold-hardy than you may imagine. Courtesy of fall molting, chickens should have a full set of new fluffy feathers for winter that will keep them perfectly comfortable in temperatures down to 40 degrees and just fine well below freezing, assuming they are in good health.

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How to Start Raising Chickens For Eggs
August 23, 2020 · · Chickens 101, Eggs & Meat

More and more people, in both rural and urban areas, are starting to raise chickens. Raising chickens for eggs is a great family project and an easy way to be more self-sustainable.

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Hatching Duck Eggs
July 30, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

Hatching duck eggs is an awe-inspiring experience. Since domestic duck breeds rarely go broody (i.e. sit on fertile eggs until they hatch), using an incubator is generally your best bet.

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