behavior

How to Trim Chicken Beaks, Claws, and Spurs
May 19, 2019 . · Feed & Health

Claw Trimming A chicken’s spurs, toenails, and beak are made of keratin, the same substance as your fingernails and toenails. And like your nails, they continually grow. Chickens evolved in …

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Chicken Spurs: Who Gets Them?
May 14, 2019 . · Feed & Health

I’ve got a flock of mixed breed hens and a few roosters. In the beginning, my knowledge of chicken spurs was limited to the roosters. But then one day I …

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How a Broody Hen Hatches Chicks

Modern breeding has pretty much eliminated broodiness in most large fowl breeds, although there still may be one or two within a flock that have retained those mothering instincts. If …

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Poultry Cognition—Are Chickens Smart?
May 6, 2019 . · Chickens 101

Are chickens smart? Research reveals that they learn fast, feel emotions, have good memories, and use complex logic and social tactics.

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How to Tame Aggressive Rooster Behavior
April 30, 2019 . · Feed & Health

If you have a rooster, chances are you’ve been spurred or chased. Some breeds are more prone to aggressive rooster behavior than others. I’ve never had a problem with Chief, …

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How To Get NPIP Certified
March 15, 2019 . · Feed & Health

Knowing how to get NPIP certified is key to taking your poultry hobby to the next level. Many of us sell eggs off the farm, and some of us even …

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Cannibalism And Chickens Pecking Each Other

By Cynthia Smith – It’s happened to all of us who raise poultry: chickens pecking each other and feather picking. One day you look at the chicks in the brooder …

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Do You Need Toys for Chickens?
March 15, 2019 . · Feed & Health

Professionals agree chickens need enrichment. Keeping your flock healthy, either for egg or meat production or companionship, is most likely your primary goal. Maintaining healthy chickens is a process that includes many …

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What Chicken Grower Feed is Right For You?
March 15, 2019 . · Feed & Health

Originally published in Backyard Poultry April / May 2017. Subscribe for more helpful tips like this! Chicken grower feed and adult feed rations are a critical part of raising healthy, …

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No Jolt During The Molt: Chicken Care in 7 Steps
March 15, 2019 . · Feed & Health

Lana Beckard, Nutrena® Poultry Expert – Ready or not, here comes the molt. Chickens shedding feathers and a drop in egg production in the fall are good indicators that your …

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