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Top 10 Questions and Answers About Backyard Chickens

It’s getting easier for people outside the backyard poultry community to understand why so many of us choose to dedicate a portion of our lives to raising and caring for backyard chickens. I don’t get the same reaction I used to from suburbanites when they find out I raise backyard chickens through casual conversation.

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Homemade Electrolytes to Combat Heat Exhaustion In Chickens
August 19, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Heat exhaustion, heat stroke or even death is a very real danger to chickens when temperatures rise. They don’t sweat like humans do, and are somewhat limited in their ability to cool down.

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Do Chickens Sweat to Cool Down?
August 18, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Some people love a summer heat wave, or for that matter, sweating it out in a sauna. Not backyard chickens.

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Marek’s Disease
August 17, 2020 · · Flock Files

Marek’s Disease Virus (MDV) causes tumorsand immunosuppression in chickens, and occasionally turkeys and quail. Infected flocks generally show clinical signs between six and 30 weeks of age; however, the disease can affect older birds as well. Not all infected birds show symptoms but will continue to shed the virus for life.

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Diatomaceous Earth Uses in Chickens
August 15, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Have you ever wondered about diatomaceous earth uses in poultry? When I first started raising chickens for eggs, I noticed that many poultry people talked about using something that they only referred to as “DE”.

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How to Compost Chicken Manure
August 15, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Chickens provide us with hours of companionship, fresh eggs, and manure! Lots of manure. About one cubic foot of manure is produced by each chicken in approximately six months.

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Pumpkin Seeds for Chickens — Do the Seeds Stop Worms?
August 14, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Pumpkin seeds for chickens can serve a purpose as part of a nutritious chicken diet. You might be surprised to read that pumpkins seeds do not contribute what you have been told!

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Hens in Prison — and Loving It!
August 12, 2020 · · Chickens 101

The British Hen Welfare Trust have placed 199 hens at Guys Marsh Prison in Dorset, UK. It’s part of a rehabilitation program for the prisoners, called “Project Jail Bird.” Their large enclosure is a far cry from the small cages they were trapped in as commercial layers.

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DIY Chicken Coop Plans That Add Shade
August 11, 2020 · · Coops

Chickens tolerate cold temperatures much better than heatwaves. Providing shade in your chicken coop plans is essential for a healthy flock.

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How to Keep Owls Away From Chickens
August 10, 2020 · · Coops

Add to Favorites While not the most likely of chicken predators, owls can sometimes pose a threat. Learn how to keep owls away from chickens and how to appreciate the …

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