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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.

How to Care for Ducklings
June 1, 2019 . · Flock Files

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

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 Chicks can go out permanently when “fully feathered,” meaning all fluff has been replaced by true plumage.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 has fluff, brooder …

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The Top 15 Best Brown Egg Layers
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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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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Disqualifications in Show-Quality Chickens
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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A Guide To Different Colored Chicken Eggs
May 31, 2019 . · Flock Files

There are more than 60 breeds of chickens recognized by the American Poultry Association and hundreds of other chicken breeds that have been developed worldwide — many of whom lay gorgeous eggs in a rainbow of hues ranging from white to cream, green, pink, blue and even chocolate brown.

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Want Blue Eggs? Pick These Chicken Breeds!
May 31, 2019 . · Flock Files

Why not step up the unique a notch and go beyond the standard brown and white eggs by adding blue egg layers to your flock?

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How Long do Chicks Need a Heat Lamp?
May 31, 2019 . · Flock Files

Because they don’t have feathers to self-regulate temperature, newly hatched chicks depend on mothers to keep them warm. Darting beneath wings when they’re cold, and coming out to eat and drink, babies thrive on the mother-to-chick relationship. Brooder chicks must have appropriate heat sources, and humans must closely monitor them with thermometers and good judgment.

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Caring for Chickens During Molt
May 31, 2019 . · Flock Files

Molt is the natural shedding of feathers and the regrowth of new ones. This usually happens in the fall as day length shortens, and starts at the head, down the back, breast, and ends on the wings and tail.

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