Flock Files

As a Backyard Poultry member or digital subscriber, you’ll have access to our complete library of Flock Files.

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.

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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Balance Your Chicken’s Diet at All Ages
April 24, 2019 · · Flock Files

We know that laying hens need more calcium in their diet than chickens that are not laying eggs, but how much more? Chickens need different feed at various times in their lives and also according to gender, but what do you do when you have a mixed flock? How important is it that your chickens get the correct proportions of nutrients in their feed?

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Virulent Newcastle Disease
April 24, 2019 · · Flock Files

Virulent, formerly called Exotic, Newcastle disease is a constantly evolving RNA virus. Anything that comes in contact with a sick bird can pass it on, and the virus can live as long as 120 days outside a host. People do not get sick from eating poultry products infected with vND, but working directly with birds can cause mild conjunctivitis. Controlling vND involves recognizing symptoms and practicing strict biosecurity.

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