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

Molting Chickens 101 – Chickens in a Minute Video
October 5, 2021 · · 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?
September 29, 2021 · · 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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How to Keep Owls Away From Chickens
August 17, 2021 · · Coops

Add to Favorites While not the most likely of chicken predators, owls can sometimes pose a threat. Learn how to keep owls away from chickens and how to appreciate the …

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Best Backyard Chickens for Urban Areas
August 8, 2021 · · Chickens 101, Kids' Corner

Nowadays we’re conscious of where our food comes from, we want to know our animal producers have a good quality of life and we enjoy reaching back to our rural roots. These desires have led to a trend in backyard chicken keeping that’s not exclusive to those who own acres and acres of land.

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12 Fascinating Facts About Roosters
August 4, 2021 · · Chickens 101, Kids' Corner

Add to Favorites As the year of the rooster winds down, let’s take a look at 12 fascinating facts about roosters that may just have you considering adding these beauties …

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What’s the Best Bedding for Chickens? – Chickens in a Minute Video
July 18, 2021 · · Coops

Join Backyard Poultry magazine in our video series, Chickens in a Minute, as we answer frequently asked questions about how to raise a healthy backyard chicken flock. In this video, we explore what’s the best bedding for chickens.

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What are Bantam Chickens vs. Standard Size Chickens? – Chickens in a Minute Video
July 7, 2021 · · Chickens 101

With backyard chickens becoming increasingly popular in smaller urban areas, flock owners have a choice between large fowl and bantams. Bantams are often the pick for these settings, but why?

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How to Keep Chickens Cool in Summer — Chickens In A Minute Video
June 29, 2021 · · 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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What Does it Mean When a Chicken Lays a Lash Egg?
June 17, 2021 · · Eggs & Meat

Add to Favorites Ever heard of a lash egg? Odds are you probably haven’t. It can be a one-time occurrence or it can be an uncommon symptom of an illness …

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How to Protect Chickens from Hawks
June 15, 2021 · · Coops

When I walked out to the chicken coop and looked up, I was horrified to see a red-tailed hawk calmly eating one of my White Leghorns. When the hawk spotted me, it flew off and dropped the Leghorn’s body.

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