Chickens 101

The Four-Legged Chick

Freshly hatched chicks of assorted breeds filled the incubator. I couldn’t wait to see them. I got more than I bargained for.

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Where to Buy Baby Chicks

After figuring out which chicken breeds will best suit your family or farm, you need to decide where to buy baby chicks.

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Meet Mumble: How to Raise Baby Chicks with Special Needs
March 22, 2020 · · Chickens 101, Kids' Corner

Rebekah Stewart of North Somerset, Britain, learned even if you know how to raise baby chicks, sometimes things happen. In May of 2015, five chicks hatched without problems.

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When Breaking a Broody Hen is Necessary
March 15, 2020 · · Chickens 101

This is the hard truth. As stewards to our livestock and property, there are times when we must step in and say, enough is enough.

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Do Chickens Need A Rooster To Lay Eggs? – Chickens In A Minute Video
March 13, 2020 · · Chickens 101

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. This week’s video addresses a question many new chicken owners have, do chickens need a rooster to lay eggs?

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List: The Best Chicken Names — A to Z

Dreaming up the perfect baby chick names is one of the most exciting parts of starting or adding to a flock. If you need inspiration, our readers and fans are here to help.

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How Much Do Chickens Cost?
March 3, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Everyone is looking for a bargain, and raising chickens for eggs is the second rung on the homesteading ladder. The first is growing your own veggies.

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The Dorking Chicken and Other Classic Breeds

Most of the 200 breeds and varieties of chickens that were once common on farms are now considered rare. Including a breed that is part of our history in your poultry operation gives your flock a role in historic preservation and genetic diversity.

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Efficiently Hatching Eggs with a Broody Chicken
February 27, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Having a broody chicken is one of the most exciting things one can discover in their coop. Learn how to efficiently hatch and raise chicks with a broody.

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Top 10 Best Chickens for Eggs
February 26, 2020 · · Chickens 101, Kids' Corner

If you’re in the business of selling eggs, it’s important to have the best chickens for eggs. Whether they’re green, brown or white, those eggs are the commodity you’re selling so they’ve got to be top-notch and plentiful.

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