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Rodents That Can Be a Problem for Backyard Chickens
December 15, 2020 · · Coops

There are a number of rodents that chicken owners could easily overlook — until they break in and start wreaking havoc among the hens. Fortunately, most of these problematic rodents can be kept out of the coop with a little ingenuity and careful planning.

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How Snow in Chicken Pens and Runs Affects Your Flock
December 15, 2020 · · Coops

My chickens love being outside. I keep a light in the coop to welcome them inside during bad weather, when it gets dark early and the rain leaves the open-air chicken pens and runs in puddles.

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A Few Dos And Don’ts When Winter Sets
December 14, 2020 · · Coops

Before I go too far, let’s take a look at how nature has prepared our feathered friends to survive and basic poultry behavior.
Feathers are designed to resist wind, sun, and precipitation.

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Chicken Books for Young Readers

Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, aunt, or otherwise to a young chicken lover here are some great picture and middle-grade chicken books that will keep them wanting to turn the pages.

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Winter Feed Supplements
December 10, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Just as in human diets, excess fat in your chickens’ diet should be limited to prevent unhealthy weight gain and health issues, but when it comes to providing an energy source for your flock through the winter, you just can’t beat it.

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Are You Wondering What Do Roosters Eat?
December 9, 2020 · · Feed & Health, Kids' Corner

The common answer from chicken keepers when you ask them “what do roosters eat” is that they feed their roosters the same thing as the rest of the flock. This makes sense in backyard settings where the flock members typically vary in breed and size.

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Homemade Suet for Chickens
December 8, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Need some ideas for what to feed your backyard chickens over the winter? As the weather gets colder, the treats I feed my flock focus more on energy and warming properties instead of being cooling and hydrating like summer treats.

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Heated Chicken Waterers: What’s Right for Your Flock
December 8, 2020 · · Coops

Every season brings its own battles. In the summer, you are fighting the heat, heat strokes, perhaps, lack of water, inability to keep water cool, flies, etc.

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Chicken Predators and Winter: Tips to Keep Your Flock Safe
December 7, 2020 · · Coops

Chicken predators are always a concern for small flock owners, but the risk of attack may actually be worse in winter months. Winter is the season of privation for all creatures, but extreme weather can change it from a time of scarcity to a season of starving. 

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Winterizing Your Flock; A Winter Menu for Poultry

I receive calls each winter concerning loss of chickens or the reduction in egg production. Both of these issues are related to diet.

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