About the Author

Pam Freeman

I’ve had a flock of backyard chickens for over a decade. They bring such joy to my backyard, not to mention some yummy eggs to my fridge. I am the author of Backyard Chickens: Beyond the Basics. My backyard is over 12 acres in the country so I enjoy all the nature that surrounds me. In fact I’ve always got binoculars and field guides handy. I also love to garden, especially growing herbs, with nature in mind. And I’m pretty handy when it comes to crafting. So grab a chair and a cup of coffee and enjoy!
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Articles by Pam Freeman

Baby Chick Health Basics: What You Need to Know
January 20, 2021 · · Feed & Health, Kids' Corner

‘Tis the season! And, no it’s not a national holiday like Christmas, but it might as well be. It’s chick season!

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The Scoop on Using Prebiotics and Probiotics for Chickens
January 12, 2021 · · Feed & Health

When chicken keepers get their birds, they often wonder what to feed chickens. It’s probably the first question most newcomers ask.

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Meet the Top 15 Best Brown Egg Layers
December 31, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

Add to Favorites Brown egg laying hens consistently appear on best egg layer lists and can be the backbone of a productive backyard flock, many laying more than 200 eggs …

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10 Hilarious Chicken Questions (Like Why Are Some Eggs Brown?)
December 30, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat, Kids' Corner

Chicken egg color is determined by the breed of the hen that laid the egg. Different breeds lay different colored chicken eggs. For instance, the white eggs seen in grocery stores are most likely laid by a White Leghorn.

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Are You Wondering What Do Roosters Eat?
December 9, 2020 · · Feed & Health, Kids' Corner

The common answer from chicken keepers when you ask them “what do roosters eat” is that they feed their roosters the same thing as the rest of the flock. This makes sense in backyard settings where the flock members typically vary in breed and size.

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How Cold is Too Cold for Chickens in Winter? — Chickens in a Minute Video
November 19, 2020 · · Coops

It’s a common question that even long-time chicken keepers ask. How cold is too cold for chickens in winter?

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Molting Chickens 101 – Chickens in a Minute Video
October 13, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Molting is a natural process that usually takes place in fall when birds replace old feathers with new plumage. For adult molting chickens, timing is especially important because feathers equal warmth.

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Is Feeding Chickens Scraps from the Kitchen Safe?
October 5, 2020 · · Feed & Health, Kids' Corner

Feeding chickens scraps from the kitchen is a great way to give them healthy treats and make sure your leftovers don’t go to waste. Next time you clean out your refrigerator, scrape the dinner plates or bring home leftovers from dinner out, why not set some aside for your flock?

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An Overview of What to Feed Chickens
October 1, 2020 · · Feed & Health

When you first get a flock of backyard chickens, it’s natural to wonder just what to feed chickens. You grab a bag of starter feed, but what happens next?

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How to Keep Chickens Cool in Summer — Chickens In A Minute Video
August 27, 2020 · · Coops

With summer heat upon us, it’s important to remember that high temperatures can be harder on a flock than the cold temperatures of winter. The effects of heat are cumulative and can be enhanced by high humidity so be sure to keep vigilant during heat spells.

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