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.

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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What Breeds Go The Extra Mile?
June 22, 2019 · · Flock Files

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.

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Top 10 Duck Raising Questions Answered
June 1, 2019 · · Flock Files

Whether you are a first-time homesteader on a journey to learn how to raise ducks or have hatched more flocks than you can count, here are 10 duck raising questions that both novices and experts often have.

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Properly Storing Chicken Feed
June 1, 2019 · · Flock Files

If stored incorrectly, your chicken feed can make your birds sick, make them stop laying, or in extreme instances, kill them. Livestock feed is a relatively stable product, but rodents, insects, fungi, moisture, and rancidity cause most feed loss on the farm.

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How to Tame Aggressive Roosters
June 1, 2019 · · Flock Files

If you have a rooster, chances are you’ve been spurred or chased. Stopping aggressive behavior is not impossible. Differences in breed, individual temperament and the time he has been allowed to exhibit aggressive behavior all play a part in the difficulty of stopping attacks, but you can do it!

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How to Care for Ducklings

Learning how to care for ducklings is a little different than learning how to care for chicks. Though they have similar overall needs for food, water, warmth, and safety, ducklings require some important modifications to their environment.

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When Can Chicks Go Outside?
May 31, 2019 · · Flock Files

Add to Favorites When can chicks go outside? Chicks can go out permanently when “fully feathered,” meaning all fluff has been replaced by true plumage. If even the neck still …

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Sick Chicks: 7 Common Illnesses You May Occur
May 31, 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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Myths & Facts About Medicated Chick Starters
May 31, 2019 · · Flock Files

Coccidiosis is one of the leading causes of death when caring for baby chicks. One way to help protect your birds against this disease is to feed a medicated chick starter.

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