chicken-encyclopedia

How Do Chickens Lay Eggs?

“I can’t buy your eggs anymore,” was the astonishing announcement made by a college student who had been one of my best customers. I had to know what was going on.

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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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10 Common Mistakes New Poultry Owners Make With Chicks
March 14, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Most of the mistakes people make when starting out with baby chicks can easily be avoided with a little advanced preparation. Here are 10 typical errors and how to avoid them.

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One Rooster Too Many?
March 14, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites By Gail Damerow Some chicken keepers have more than one rooster by design, others by accident. If you hatch your own chicks, or you purchase straight-run chicks from a hatchery, at least half of …

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Silkie Chickens: Everything Worth Knowing

Add to Favorites Breed of the Month: Silkie chickens Origin: Silkie chickens are an ancient bantam breed most likely originating in China, although India and Java may also be their …

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Plant a Chicken-Themed Garden
February 26, 2019 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Artwork by Bethany Caskey Stop me if you’ve heard this one: A city slicker moves to the country and decides to raise chickens. He goes to the local …

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Aspergillosis in Chickens and Other Fungal Infections

Add to Favorites By Brittany Thompson, Georgia One of my oldest hens and the matriarch of my flock, Chirpy, a six-year-old Rhode Island Red, was diagnosed with a fungal infection …

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Keep Biofilm Out Of Your Flock’s Drinking Water
February 26, 2019 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Poultry drinkers that aren’t regularly scrubbed often develop bad-tasting biofilm that discourages drinking. Reduced drinking, especially during hot weather, can lead to dehydration, poor health, and fewer …

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Are Chickens Lactose Intolerant?
February 26, 2019 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites One of the many sources of nutrients my chickens enjoy in their varied diet is milk from my Nubian dairy goats. Sometimes they get it fresh and …

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Small Chicken Coops: From Doghouse to Bantam Coop
February 20, 2019 · · Coops

Add to Favorites We wanted a couple of small chicken coops that were portable and could house a few bantam chickens, but we had neither the time to construct them …

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