backyard-chickens

3 Tips to Help Hens Lay Eggs That Are Fresh & Healthy
January 17, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Raising backyard chickens should be fun. You provide your hens a chicken coop, care and quality feeds. They provide you nutritious eggs and undeniable companionship.

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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 Raise Free Range Chickens
January 2, 2020 · · Chickens 101

In the discussion of raising chickens, there have been two traditional schools of thought. The first is total free range. Usually, an evening feeding of grain or other treat is used to lure the flock back to the chicken coop for roosting.

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Six Winter Keeping Tips for Backyard Chickens
December 27, 2019 · · Coops

Many people ask: Do chickens need heat in winter? The answer is backyard chickens are far more cold-hardy than you may imagine. Courtesy of fall molting, chickens should have a full set of new fluffy feathers for winter that will keep them perfectly comfortable in temperatures down to 40 degrees and just fine well below freezing, assuming they are in good health.

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Preventing Frozen Chicken Eggs
December 26, 2019 · · Eggs & Meat

Here are some cold weather egg tips that might help prevent cracked or fully frozen chicken eggs this winter.

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Bedding For Chickens: Safe and Easy Winter Coop Heat and Insulation
December 25, 2019 · · Coops

With the proper bedding for chickens, your flock is able to withstand the cold weather quite well. Heat generally isn’t necessary in chicken coops, but we’ve all seen the sad stories of coops, barns or even homes burning down in the winter due to the improper use of heat lamps.

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Chicken Pecking Order — Stressful Times In The Coop
December 9, 2019 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites If you added new chicks to your flock this year, you are probably going through the steps to safely integrate them into the flock. The chicken pecking …

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Chicken Predators and Winter: Tips to Keep Your Flock Safe
December 7, 2019 · · Coops

Add to Favorites 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 …

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How an Injured Chick Became My Pet Chicken
December 6, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites Several years ago, when we were fairly new to owning backyard chickens, we had a small flock of six, but we were ready to expand. While at …

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How Blue Eggs Get Their Color
December 5, 2019 · · Eggs & Meat, Kids' Corner

Add to Favorites Growing up in New England,  I lived across the street from my grandparents’ chicken farm. I am not sure which chicken breeds they raised, so I don’t …

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