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?Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
I polled a large number of veteran chicken keepers as to what they believed were the best egg-laying chicken breeds. For a breed to even be considered, one stipulation was that the breed had to lay at least three or four eggs per week and had to keep laying fairly consistently for at least three or four years. Most breeds chosen were brown-egg-layers.Read More