Chickens 101

Twas the Night Before Christmas — Chickens Edition!

With apologies to Clement C. Moore. The following should prove to all the children out there that Santa visits good chickens, too.

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All About Orpington Chickens
December 20, 2020 · · Chickens 101

1886, Black Orpington, County Kent, England, from a Black Langshan-Black Minorca-Black Plymouth Rock cross.

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Chicken Books for Young Readers

Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, aunt, or otherwise to a young chicken lover here are some great picture and middle-grade chicken books that will keep them wanting to turn the pages.

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Fluffy – the Little Hen that Could

We wouldn’t be so rich in eggs if it weren’t for our best producers, Henny and Penny, who like clockwork regularly lay extra-extra-large eggs every morning. But Henny and Penny wouldn’t have been part of the flock if it weren’t for our smallest, most timid, and least productive hen — Fluffy.

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Bielefelders and Niederrheiners
November 17, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Meet the Bielefelders and Niederrheiners, two breeds with long heredities, originating in the farmland of the Lower-Rhine region (or Neiderrhein) of Northern Germany.

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Darla Hatches a Job

Kurt was a 21-year-old autistic young man who was transitioning from high school to working at the rehab center for disabled adults, where I was a job coach. We needed to figure out what kind of work Kurt could do.

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Do Chickens Have Full Color Vision?
November 2, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Do chickens have full color vision? How does the world appear to them? Can chickens see in the dark? The study of their extraordinary eyesight is starting to reveal answers to these mysteries and more.

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The Phantom Chicken of London: Tastes Like Spooky!
October 31, 2020 · · Chickens 101, Kids' Corner

What has feathers, a British accent and goes cluck in the night?

When we booked a trip to England this past summer, I wasn’t thinking, “Hey, let’s check out some ghost poultry while we’re gallivanting in jolly ol’!”

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This Just In: CDC Says Okay to Costumes for Chickens!
October 30, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Are costumes for chickens safe for your health and theirs?

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Chickens on Patrol

At Van Ruab Elementary School, in Boerne, Texas, lessons about science, engineering, math, and art often start in the chicken coop.

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