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

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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Will Chickens Make the Next Cancer Medicine?
June 24, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Recent research at the Roslin Institute concerns chicken eggs that contain human proteins that can help fight certain types of cancer as well as heal damaged tissues.

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Poultry Wound Care
April 22, 2020 · · Flock Files

Be prepared before your chicken gets injured by having both the supplies and knowledge for chicken wound care.

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The Farm at Prophetstown
February 25, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Nestled right in Prophetstown State Park, you will find a treasure worth visiting. The Farm is a 95-acre working farm that you can visit from April until November seven days a week.

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Developing Moonbeam Chickens
January 12, 2020 · · Chickens 101

For a year and a half, Danielle has been working to develop a new breed of chickens, and she is almost there. These chickens have black skin and beaks with stark white feathers. She calls them Moonbeam chickens.

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Chickens Who Foster, Chickens Who Adopt
December 24, 2019 · · 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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What’s the Best Chicken Coop Light?
November 15, 2019 · · Coops

When we supplement light to our chickens in winter, does it matter what type of bulb we use? Between incandescent, fluorescent, and LED bulbs, there are benefits and drawbacks to each, but do the chickens have a preference?

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A Chicken Feeding Guide to Balance Diet at All Ages
June 3, 2019 · · Feed & Health

Chickens need different feed at various times in their lives and also according to gender, but what do you do when you have a mixed flock? How important is it that your chickens get the correct proportions of nutrients in their feed?

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Sick Chicks: 7 Common Illnesses You May Occur
May 31, 2019 · · Flock Files

Be aware of these diseases so that you can recognize them quickly. Most are also preventable, if you follow good practices when caring for baby chicks.

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