Chickens 101

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
August 26, 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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A Guide to Heat-Tolerant and Cold-Hardy Chicken Breeds
August 26, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Although it’s easier to keep chickens warm vs. cool, it’s important to choose the correct breed for your location, whether that be a cold-hardy chicken or a heat-tolerant chicken breed. Because let’s face it, the weather plays an important part in our lives.

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Picking Show Chicken Breeds For Beginners

Picking show chicken breeds for your first foray into the world of fancy poultry can be as daunting as trying to understand genetics. But with a few simple pointers, you can be on your way to success.

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How to Start Raising Chickens For Eggs
August 23, 2020 · · Chickens 101, Kids' Corner

More and more people, in both rural and urban areas, are starting to raise chickens. Raising chickens for eggs is a great family project and an easy way to be more self-sustainable.

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Do Chickens Have Full Color Vision?
August 21, 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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9 Lesser-Known Facts About Chickens and Ducks

Do chickens have tonsils? Can chickens get rabies? How do ducks mate? Do questions about these facts about chickens ever keep you up awake at night?

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Top 10 Questions and Answers About Backyard Chickens

It’s getting easier for people outside the backyard poultry community to understand why so many of us choose to dedicate a portion of our lives to raising and caring for backyard chickens. I don’t get the same reaction I used to from suburbanites when they find out I raise backyard chickens through casual conversation.

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Hens in Prison — and Loving It!
August 12, 2020 · · Chickens 101

The British Hen Welfare Trust have placed 199 hens at Guys Marsh Prison in Dorset, UK. It’s part of a rehabilitation program for the prisoners, called “Project Jail Bird.” Their large enclosure is a far cry from the small cages they were trapped in as commercial layers.

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Chicken Behavior Shows Your Birds May be Smarter Than You Think

Add to Favorites By Christine Heinrichs – As your chickens scratch for food and jockey for position in the social order, you can see that chicken behavior is purposeful. They respond …

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