Flock Files

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Flock Files are easy-to-digest, one-page documents that teach you what you need in a hurry.

These handy reference sheets are easy to download or print out. They make great teaching aids whether you want to educate yourself, your friends and family, or your egg and meat customers.

The Top 15 Best Brown Egg Layers
October 1, 2019 · · Flock Files

Brown egg laying hens consistently appear on best egg layer lists and can be the backbone of a productive backyard flock, many laying more than 200 eggs per year.

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Egg Candling Chart

A chicken egg takes 21 days to hatch. By candling the eggs, you can determine stage of development or if the egg has failed to develop and died within the shell.

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How to Break Up a Broody Hen
August 27, 2019 · · Flock Files

There may be times when a broody hen is not in your best interest. Broodiness is infectious. Once one hen starts setting in earnest, it is highly likely that another hen will also start. And then another. Before long, there goes your egg production, most likely for several weeks. How do you break a broody hen?

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Coryza
August 27, 2019 · · Flock Files

The bacterium causing coryza can survive in areas with little oxygen available, such as water or feces. This bacterium lives in chronically ill chickens that appear healthy but are carriers of the disease due to previously encountering it.

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How To Tell The Sex Of Baby Chicks

Over the past 100 years there have been many methods developed to tell the sex of baby chicks; some methods proved haphazard, some have proven quite effective.

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Caring for Chicks with Pasty Butt

Pasty butt is a condition in which feces get stuck in the baby chick’s vent and literally stop up the chick so it can’t excrete its poop. It can kill the chick fairly quickly if not treated immediately, so knowing how to treat this condition is important.

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How to Trim Chicken Claws
June 22, 2019 · · Flock Files

Nails that don’t naturally wear down need to be periodically trimmed. Cocks may need to have their claws trimmed to prevent injury to hens during breeding, and chickens groomed for showing must have their nails neatly trimmed to successfully compete.

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How to Raise Free Range Chickens

There are two definitions of free-range chickens.
In commercial chicken raising, the USDA says “free range” chickens must be allowed access to some outdoor space. If chickens only have access to a gravel yard, or just spend a few minutes with doors open, they can be called free range birds.

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Clipping Chicken Wings
June 22, 2019 · · Flock Files

Wing feathers may be trimmed to protect chickens from predators or keep them from getting run over on the road, to protect vegetable and flower beds, or to keep the birds from getting into the wrong breeding pen. Breeds that are best known as flyers include Leghorn, Hamburg, Old England Game, and nearly any bantam except Silkie.

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10 Ways to Prevent Chickens Eating Their Eggs

Most of us who are in the business of raising backyard poultry are doing it for the eggs. When your chicken’s eating eggs, nobody wins. Many practices on this list are not only great ways to prevent egg eating, but are also good ways to keep your backyard chickens happy and healthy.

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