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

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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Treating Common Chick Ailments
March 15, 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
March 12, 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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Top 5 Chicken Diseases
February 12, 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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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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Symptoms of Infectious Diseases in Chickens
July 21, 2020 · · Flock Files

While these charts contain many of the diseases that chickens may encounter, it is not an exhaustive list. Discrepancies in subcategories of a disease may exist. Some diseases are very difficult to diagnose without a veterinary post-mortem examination.

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Symptoms of Non-Infectious Diseases in Chickens
July 21, 2020 · · Flock Files

While these charts contain many of the diseases that chickens may encounter, it is not an exhaustive list. Discrepancies in subcategories
of a disease may exist. Some diseases are very difficult to diagnose without a veterinary post-mortem examination.

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Chicken Wound Care
July 13, 2020 · · 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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