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

How Old Do Chickens Need to Be to Lay Eggs? — Chickens in a Minute Video
May 2, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

Add to Favorites At Backyard Poultry, we love to tackle common reader questions, such as why have my chickens stopped laying? and why are my chickens laying soft eggs? With our popular Chickens …

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Buying a Carton of Eggs? Get the Labeling Facts First
March 31, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

As backyard chicken keepers, we normally don’t have to worry about buying a carton of eggs from the store. We have the luxury of walking out to the coop and grabbing fresh eggs to use in our kitchen.

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What Causes Double Yolk Eggs and Other Odd Eggs?
March 10, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

What causes double yolk eggs? As chicks start to lay eggs, odds are you may find a double yolk egg in your egg basket.

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What Do Chickens Need? — Chickens in a Minute Video
December 27, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites 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. …

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What are Bantam Chickens vs. Standard Size Chickens? – Chickens in a Minute Video
December 14, 2021 · · Chickens 101

What’s the difference between a bantam versus a standard size chicken? Size is the obvious difference, but there are others to consider.

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4 Prefab Chicken Coop Designs
October 20, 2021 · · Coops

Add to Favorites If you’ve got backyard chickens, or are thinking about getting them, chicken coops are usually top of mind. We’ve had a flock for years and had to …

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

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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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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Chicken Spurs: Who Gets Them?
May 13, 2021 · · Feed & Health

What is a Chicken Spur? A chicken spur is actually part of the shank bone that’s covered with a hard layer made of keratin; the same thing found in our fingernails and hair. Spurs are routinely found on roosters and they’re used for protection and fighting.

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