Chickens 101

Breed Profile: Easter Egger Chicken

Easter Egger chickens are not a true breed, rather a hybrid cross. since they are a hybrid, no two birds look exactly the same, making for a rainbow of colors in a backyard flock.

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Breed Profile: Delaware Chicken

The Delaware chicken is a 20th-century creation, developed specifically for the growing broiler market in the 1940s. They’re so pretty, they were recognized by the APA for exhibition (in 1952), in those years when production was as significant as beauty.

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Chicken Feather Patterns
September 5, 2022 · · Chickens 101

What distinguishes the chicken feather patterns barred, cuckoo, mottled, and splash? And why is the barring stronger in a Barred Rock rooster vs hen?

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Saddle Up Your Chicken!

What is a chicken apron or saddle? Basically, it is a device that protects your chickens during mating or from being pecked.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Raising Baby Chicks
August 29, 2022 · · Chickens 101, Kids' Corner

Here’s what you need to know about raising baby chicks before you bring them home.

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The Big Red Rooster Rescue
August 19, 2022 · · Chickens 101

Helen Cooper, who owns the sanctuary, was disappointed to see a considerable surge in abandoned roosters during the COVID-19 pandemic. She’s been trying to help those cockerels, some dumped in towns and villages and left to fend for themselves.

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Does it Matter if You Raise Heritage Chicken Breeds or Hybrids?
August 19, 2022 · · Chickens 101

What are heritage chicken breeds? You may be asking this question if you start looking at different breeds of chickens to start a backyard flock.

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12 Tips to Help You Legalize Owning Chickens in Your Community

Across the country, chicken lovers are fighting to legalize keeping a few backyard chickens. Here are some tips to help in your community.

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Therapy Chickens Combat Isolation and Loneliness

The therapeutic value of taking dogs to visit hospitals, special needs centers, schools, and nursing homes is well known. Even docile cats are now sometimes used as therapy animals, providing companionship, confidence, and a feeling of well-being to people in need.

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Five Reasons Why I Love Owning Chickens
August 18, 2022 · · Chickens 101

Being raised on a farm, owning chickens is a natural thing for me, but when someone asked me about my personal reasons for owning chickens, I had to stop and think. Is it because we always have, or are there more personal beliefs and reasons? The answer is both.

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