About the Author

Rebecca Sanderson

I grew up in a very small town in Idaho with a backyard full of chickens, goats, sometimes sheep, sometimes ducks, and other random animals in addition to the standard cats and dogs. I am now married with two little girls and love the homesteading life! My husband is very supportive (tolerant) of my continued experiments in making many items from scratch, and he even helps sometimes.
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Articles by Rebecca Sanderson

Chickens Who Foster, Chickens Who Adopt
October 11, 2021 · · Chickens 101

It is not uncommon to set a broody chicken with fertilized eggs from several different hens, but have you ever given a hen a turkey poult?

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Chicken Diseases That Affect Humans
August 27, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Diseases that can affect multiple species are called zoonotic diseases, such as chicken diseases that affect humans. The risk of these diseases is why the CDC has recently asked backyard poultry owners not to snuggle or kiss their chickens.

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Top 5 Chicken Diseases
August 13, 2021 · · Feed & Health

By knowing what to watch out for, you can keep your flock healthy and safe. Do not discount these diseases, but rather be proactive against them with good biosecurity and cleanliness practices.

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Treating Common Chick Ailments
August 2, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Chick ailments aren’t always infectious illnesses. Here we discuss what to look for and how to care for some common chick ailments that you may encounter whether you hatch chicks yourself or buy them from a hatchery.

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Sick Chicks: 7 Common Illnesses You May Encounter
July 25, 2021 · · Feed & Health

You should be aware of these common chick illnesses. While these illnesses can be scary, most can be prevented by keeping your brooder and coop clean.

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Chicken Wound Care
July 4, 2021 · · Feed & Health

If you have chickens, sooner or later one will need you to care for a wound. Be prepared for chicken wound care with the supplies and knowledge of what to do.

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Help Your Chicks Grow Healthy Feathers
May 11, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites When raising chicks, you want to be sure that they grow healthy feathers. Feathers provide temperature control and protection from the elements. They are essential to your …

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The Dangers of Heat Lamps
January 21, 2021 · · Coops

Every winter, chicken owners trying to do their best end up losing their coop and flock to a fire. These devastating stories serve as a warning against heat lamps, yet people still use them.

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Nutritional Deficiencies in Chickens
July 29, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Nutritional deficiencies in poultry used to be more common, enough that we have a fairly good knowledge of the common deficiencies.

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Treats for Chickens: A Nutritional Analysis
July 24, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Here we look at the nutritional value of different kinds of treats and if there are times when a particular kind of treat may be preferred.

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