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Cock-A-Doodle … Don’t?

Rooster’s rock! They are beautiful, majestic, and handsome gents, and I love them … well, some of them.

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Selective Breeding: How to Breed Chickens

For those of us who are learning how to breed chickens or teaching others how to breed chickens, you must realize that breeds of poultry cannot be maintained. Your fowl are either improving or degenerating with each passing generation.

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How to Compost Chicken Manure
August 30, 2021 · · Flock Files

Composting chicken manure allows you to use your flock’s waste in vegetable or flower beds, or to feed perennials like berry bushes and trees.

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Avoiding Kidney Damage in Laying Hens
August 27, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Most backyard poultry keepers rarely give such damage and disease in poultry much thought. Kidney malfunction in poultry may show very few signs until the sudden and final stages when it is often too late to remedy.

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The Danger of Fat Chickens
August 27, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Joan had died of an affliction I’d never heard of before but is the most common cause of death in laying hens: fatty liver hemorrhagic syndrome (FLHS) or, in plain terms, being severely overweight.

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Chicken Diseases That Affect Humans
August 27, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Diseases that can affect multiple species are called zoonotic diseases, such as chicken diseases that affect humans. The risk of these diseases is why the CDC has recently asked backyard poultry owners not to snuggle or kiss their chickens.

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How to Safely Use Essential Oils with Chickens
August 27, 2021 · · Feed & Health

While it’s easy to jump headfirst into herbal remedies for your flock, there are some things we need to understand about essential oils and poultry before we start treating “all the things.”

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How to Get Rid of Chicken Mites and Lice – Naturally
August 27, 2021 · · Feed & Health

For years, people told me that there was no natural way to prevent or treat chicken mites and lice, but as an herbalist, I knew this just wasn’t true. I’ve put together a tried-and-true natural treatment that I’ve been using for years.

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Geared For Success: Equipment To Save Time And Money
August 27, 2021 · · Coops

Time and money are finite resources. With suitable upfront investments, you can save a ton of those two precious commodities.

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Sustainable Meat Chicken Breeds
August 27, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Selecting a meat chicken breed will vary based on your needs. The Cornish Cross is most popular due to the short time it takes to reach maturity. However, many other broiler breeds can provide exceptional meat for your family.

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